The Animal Adoption League, one of the official charities of the JTG Racing NASCAR operation received a welcomed surprise this week.
JTG Racing co-owner and active Animal Adoption League member Jodi Geschickter received a $6,000 check from a group of Australian race fans visiting Charlotte, N.C.
The check was presented by BAM Tours and BAM North America President, Brett “Crusher” Murray, who was the group’s tour guide for Charlotte’s biggest racing week of the year, which included the Carquest 300 and Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
As part of the tour, the group was hosted by Jodi and husband Tad at their Harrisburg race shop which prepares the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion for Australian driver Marcos Ambrose.
“I have seen how passionate Jodi is about animals and the Animal Adoption League in particular and I am pleased we were able to ‘open our account’ with the organisation,” said Murray.
“Our sellout group of 30 Australian fans had a fantastic time and the tour of the JTG race shop was certainly one of the highlights for them.”
Geschickter said she was delighted to host the group of Ambrose fans and to accept their donation.
“This is a tremendous surprise and I have to thank the BAM Tours’ group for their generosity,” said Geschickter.
“Support from generous donors is critical in our efforts to rescue animals from euthanasia, abuse and neglect, educate the public about pet overpopulation, and find good homes.
“We have many expenses, not the least of which is veterinary care and this generous donation will be used to care for our foster animals, including spaying & neutering, vaccinations and food while in the foster home.
“I guess this has also done a little more for Australia-U.S. relations. We have not met an Australian who is not passionate about racing and it was great to host his year’s BAM Tours group and we look forward to seeing them back in 2009.”
For more information of the Animal Adoption League please visit www.mynextpet.com
WHAT IS THE ANIMAL ADOPTION LEAGUE?
The Animal Adoption League was started in 1992 by a group of individuals concerned by the growing number of animals in their area dying at shelters (not necessarily humanely), dying or injured on the streets and highways or trying to survive on whatever scraps of food they could find.
They were the strays, the abused or abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens – hungry and homeless.
They are the victims of human negligence, of people who allow their animals to multiply, of people who move off and leave their pets and of people who are ignorant and uncaring.
Members of the League are trying to offer an alternative to animals which would otherwise have little chance for survival.
The Animal Adoption League offers veterinary care, foster care and an adoption outlet for animals.
Hundred of animals previously homeless are now in permanent, loving homes as a result of League efforts.
THE LEAGUE’S MISSION
- To provide veterinary care and temporary housing for homeless animals
- To provide an adoption outlet for the permanent placement of these animals
- To educate the general public in the proper care of animals and the importance of reducing pet overpopulation
- To work for the welfare of all animals