Stop the Suffering Increases Number of Dogs Rescued and Transported by 293% Thanks to PEDIGREE Foundation Grant

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Grants provided by the PEDIGREE Foundation make it possible for Stop the Suffering to rescue and transport dogs like Hooch – getting dogs out of high-kill shelters and moving them to adoption opportunities in Central and Northern Ohio, Michigan and Canada.

We are already seeing dramatic increases in adoption opportunities thanks to our Akron and Cleveland rescue partners.

Hooch, a senior American Pit Bull Terrier mix, is one of 216 lucky dogs that caught a ride to freedom on the new Cleveland expansion leg of the Stop the Suffering rescue transport so far this year. Starting his ride at a southern Ohio shelter, Hooch traveled 260 miles to a partner rescue in Cleveland, Ohio where he will get a new start in life all thanks a PEDIGREE Foundation grant.

“The addition of the Cleveland transport leg has helped our shelter move many more at-risk lives to safe locations where they will receive increased exposure to adoptive homes,” says Melissa Nicely, Deputy Warden at Lawrence County Dog Pound. “We are a source shelter receiving preventives and vaccinations, which ensures our dogs are healthier while at the shelter and when arriving at their destination rescues. The ability to offer healthy rural dogs is invaluable to saving more lives.”

Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue is among the 12 rescues that participate in the new expansion leg. “Last month we rescued 19 dogs via the transport. Because Stop the Suffering offers this service free of charge, we are able to reallocate transport funds to pull fees, basic vetting and critical care,” says Jamie Ternes, Mentor at Paws and Prayers.

Stop the Suffering works to increase the opportunities for southern Ohio, northern Kentucky and West Virginia dogs in Open Admission shelters to make it to rescues. With the addition of this new leg, the transport now moves dogs to more than 55 rescue partners. “We are already seeing dramatic increases in adoption opportunities thanks to our Akron and Cleveland rescue partners,” states Lynne Aronson, Director of Stop the Suffering.

Formed in 2008 by Mars Petcare, the makers of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. For more information on how you can support the foundation visit

Stop the Suffering is an animal rescue and transport program that exists for the purpose of moving dogs and cats from high-kill rural shelters in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia to rescues. To learn more, visit

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