Disaster relief nonprofit for pets wins $100K

John McDevitt
May 09, 2018 - 6:03 pm
Red Paw Emergency Relief Team dispatches to fires in five neighboring counties and stands by to assist displaced pets.

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Red Paw Emergency Relief, an organization that assists pets displaced by fires, received the most votes in an online competition, taking home the top prize of $100,000.

Three local nonprofits were in the running for the game-changing donation from energy company NRG.

The money will enable the organization to add more resources.

"The first thing we are going to do is we are going to buy a second response vehicle," said Red Paw Founder Jennifer Leary. "We respond in Philly and all of the surrounding counties, so that is a lot of vehicles for one response vehicle."

Red Paw was awarded with a surprise ceremony and the check at the Philadelphia Fire Academy Wednesday alongside representatives like NRG Retail East Vice President and General Manager Mike Starck. 

The public voted online for their favorite organization between April 30 and May 7.

The other two organizations in the competition, College Possible Philadelphia and Canine Partners for Life, received donations of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.