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Artists for Animals – a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that brings local artists, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support North Texas animal rescue charities has announced their 2017 grant recipients. In order to help rescue groups of all sizes across the metroplex, Artists for Animals raises money throughout the year to provide grants. These local Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits are directly involved in saving animals or helping owners keep their pets, and have a sound organizational process and positive relationship with the community.

“We are pleased to announce the recipients for our 2017 grants,” said Erin Hannigan, co-founder of Artists for Animals. “Through the generous support of our community, sponsors and donors, we are able to raise funds throughout the year to assist animal organizations of all shapes and sizes with their hard work to save the lives of homeless pets. We proudly sponsor these organizations’ initiatives and look forward to seeing them flourish this upcoming year.”

The 2017 grant recipients are:

•Angie’s Friends

This organization was established in 2008 for the sole purpose of aiding neglected and abused dogs in economically depressed neighborhoods of Dallas. The organization is named after Angie Manriquez, who is known throughout the community as "The Fairy Dogmother of Dallas.”

•Basset Rescue Across Texas

Staffed solely by volunteers, this organization is devoted to the rescue of unwanted, abused and homeless basset hounds in the Dallas, Texas, area and surrounding regions.

•Denison Animal Welfare Group

DAWG is a nonprofit organization established in 2014. Its volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of pets in need.

•EPIC Animal Rescue

Epic Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving the homeless and abandoned animals of Texas. They provide a safe haven for these animals, providing food, shelter and veterinary needs for animals in their care.

•Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes

Recycled Pomeranians’ mission is to locate, foster, vet and place otherwise unwanted dogs in forever loving homes. They rescue purebred dogs previously used as breeders in puppy mills, surrendered dogs, lost and abandoned dogs on death row at local shelters, and strays.

•Road Trip 4 Paws

Road Trip 4 Paws is a volunteer-based nonprofit, dedicated to transporting dogs and cats to forever homes in other states. They are veteran animal rescue volunteers who wanted to find a way to save more animals from euthanasia in Texas.

•Rockwall Pets

Rockwall Pets is an all-volunteer, Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit company formed by dedicated no-kill advocates. Their innovative programs get pets out of shelters alive.

•The Street Dog Project

Dauntless Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit that created DBA The Street Dog Project. This project focuses primarily on rescuing dogs directly from the streets of Dallas, Texas, and is comprised of a small group of volunteers who are passionate about saving street dogs.

Applications for the 2018 grants begin in October. For more information on Artists for Animals, go to

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