Fresno Bully Rescue won $75,000 in the Designer Shoe Warehouse charities “shoe lovers care” grant program for nonprofits.
Bridget Boothe, director of Fresno Bully Rescue, said the money would be used to build a new shelter.
Seven other finalists will receive $5,000 donations from Designer Shoe Warehouse.
Fresno Bully Rescue said in its nomination letter that it has rescued more than 2,000 pit bull dogs since 2008. Forty-five dogs are housed at any time. The group’s mission is to promote responsible ownership of bully breeds, work to overcome breed discrimination, spay and neuter pets, report dog fighting, and show how bully breeds can make good companions.
Bully Rescue was the only pet-oriented entry in the contest.