We don't expect this will ever be an easy decision - there are so many people making daily sacrifices to help animals others have mistreated. But if, in addition to the other grants we make each year, we can give special support and recognition to just one, perhaps it will give hope and inspiration to others.


  • 2010 – ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation: a non-profit, foster-based organization dedicated to taking in and thoughtfully re-homing the most unwanted and neglected animals. Since ACT V's founders include veterinary professionals, it is uniquely qualified to treat the specific challenges presented by sick, injured and emotionally neglected animals.
  • 2009  Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM): a non-profit organization committed to rescuing and re-homing Golden Retrievers since 1985 in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • 2008 – Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue: a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the overpopulation, homelessness, disease and malnutrition of companion animals on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.


Kirby, also known as Rush Hill's Haagen-Dazs, was the father of Kodiak, Flicka and Boo, and the grandparent of Yogi Bear. During his remarkable life, Kirby produced 134 champions, making him the top-producing sire in Golden Retriever breed history.