Humane rescue group up for award

One Dog At A Time finalist for the 2018 Rescue of the Year

LEWISTOWN — When Kari Coble found out that One Dog At A Time (ODAAT) was a finalist for 2018 Rescue of the Year, she was floored.

“I was beyond shocked,” Coble, president and founder of ODAAT, said.

ODAAT is a volunteer, nonprofit, humane rescue group located in Lewistown. Volunteers there work to investigate animal abuse and neglect. They are foster-based and offer resources and tools to police departments to better handle animal cases state wide. They work with dog wardens, humane officers, local and state police.

Founded in November of 2013, ODAAT takes care of any animal that is in need, and has rescued 1,000 dogs as of March 15.

To be chosen as a finalist for the Rescue of the Year award, you first had to be nominated. Nominations were taken through the World Dog Expo’s website. Coble said she wasn’t even aware of the award, let alone campaign for anyone to nominate ODAAT.

“Here we are, little ole One Dog At A Time, with five volunteers at the top, getting nominated for this. We were totally blown away,” Coble said.

World Dog Expo will be honoring a person, organization or company in these categories: Rescue volunteer of the year, rescue organization of the year (26 dogs or less at a time), rescue organization of the year (26 dogs or more), local rescue campaign of the year, rescue dog transformation of the year, man’s best friend, foster story of the year, and national rescue campaign of the year.

ODAAT is one of six finalists for rescue of the year with 26 or more dogs at a time from across the nation. One of the other nominees is Villalobos Rescue Center of New Orleans. Villalobos Rescue Center is founded by Tia Torres, star of Animal Planet’s show Pit Bulls and Parolees.

“It was just nice to have a recognition, you know what I mean? Being recognized was enough. We don’t have to win, it would be great if we did, but just being recognized nationally is enough,” Coble said.

The honoring will take place on Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the main arena of the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, during the World Dog Expo.

To help ODAAT continue to assist animals in the state, you can donate through their website (http://onedogatatime.us) or mail donations to 225 Meadow Woods Dr. Lewistown, PA 17044. Coble said they are always on the search for sponsors. Sponsors go further than just helping directly with animals, they also help with transportation, insurance and bills, just to name a few.

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