Tractor Supply Company is looking to "rescue" your favorite Van Buren animal rescue.
As part of Pet Appreciation Week, an annual event to celebrate family pets, Tractor Supply is awarding $25,000 in grants, including a $10,000 grand prize, to qualifying animal charities through its Rescue Your Rescue social media contest.
Area residents can visit Facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo and nominate their favorite shelter by submitting a brief story and photo. Nominations are open Aug. 18-Sept. 1.
Tractor Supply will narrow the nominations down to the 10 best, and the public will vote Sept. 5-Sept. 14 at Facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo to choose the winners.
Winners will be announced during Pet Appreciation Week, happening at stores Sept. 17-Sept. 21.
"Pet Appreciation Week gives us the opportunity to show how much we love our pets, and also a chance to recognize those who are finding great homes for animals," said Seth Estep, vice president and divisional merchandising manager for Tractor Supply. "We invite our fans and customers in every Tractor Supply community to take a moment to recognize the hard work being done to care for animals by nominating and then voting for their favorite shelter."
The grand prize is a $10,000 grant, but the top 10 all will receive prizes: second place, $5,000; third place: $3,500; fourth place: $2,000; fifth place: $1,500; sixth place: $1,000; seventh place: $800; eight place: $650; ninth place: $350; and tenth place: $200.
As part of the main pet appreciation event on Saturday, Sept. 20, every Tractor Supply store will feature pet adoptions through a partnership with Petfinder, demonstrations on pet nutrition, discounts on pet food and supplies, free giveaways and valuable in-store prize drawings.
All Pet Appreciation Week events are open to the public - and pets - and will take place at Tractor Supply stores in the Van Buren area.
On Saturday, attendees will receive free gifts while supplies last and can enter a drawing to win a $200 gift card, a $100 rebate on pet services or a "doggie bag" prize pack valued at $35.
As of June 28, 2014, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,331 stores in 48 states. The company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.