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Forum News Service, Published January 17 2014

Country star Miranda Lambert donates to Jamestown pet rescue

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Country music star Miranda Lambert loves dogs, and her MuttNation Foundation has spread that love, along with thousands of dollars, all over the U.S. — including Jamestown’s own Prairie Paws Rescue.

The local rescue organization received $3,000 this week from Lambert and her charity.

“I burst into tears when I opened the mailbox and opened the letter,” said Kaye John, co-founder of Prairie Paws. “… We never get money of that denomination given to us — we feel like we’ve hit the lottery and then some.”

The $3,000 will pay for about half the cost of replacing a van Prairie Paws uses to rescue pets and bring them to foster families for later adoption. The rescue organization is still seeking donations to pay for the rest of the van.

“We’re a small, small foundation for our charity,” said Bev Lambert, who along with her Grammy-winner daughter Miranda, serves on the five-person board of the MuttNation Foundation.

At the end of 2013, the foundation decided to give out 50 grants to rescue organizations, one in each state, and Prairie Paws was selected from among the North Dakota groups.