Read Rue’s Story and Help Town & Country Humane Society

By on March 14, 2016

We know you are excited, but pets and Papillion’s Town and Country Humane Society are in on the March Madness fun as well. Read Rue’s story and help Town And Country, our local No-Kill animal shelter, compete for a share of nearly $11,000.


From a press release we received this week:


Town & Country Humane Society calls for community’s votes in third annual “Tournament of Tails”

Papillion, March 14, 2016 – Town & Country Humane Society has been selected to participate in the third annual Tournament of Tails, an online contest hosted by pet insurance provider, Petplan. It will be among 32 shelters competing for a share of the $10,900 purse — and is calling on the local community to vote for it in the bracket-inspired tournament.

Participating shelters have named a pet to represent them throughout the tournament in daily “one-on-one” matchups. Fans can view the furry contenders’ pictures and stories before voting to decide which pet will advance to the next round.

Town & Country Humane Society has pawed 1-year old Cattle Dog/Shar Pei “Rue” as its “player” for the tournament. The “Most Valuable Pet’s” first matchup is March 20. But Rue is hoping for a chance to compete in the championship matchup on Monday, April 4 — and win the $5,000 grand prize for Town & Country Humane Society!


Rue’s Story


This dazzling girl was discovered in her own back yard fending for herself after her “family” left her behind. Kind neighbors started feeding her once they realized she had been abandoned. Animal control soon scooped her up and took her to the local shelter. She was only a few days away from being euthanized when Town & Country Humane Society rescued her and brought her from Texas to Nebraska. She is Cattle Dog/Shar Pei mix and is partially deaf. This disability hasn’t slowed her down at all! She is a smart girl who can learn hand signals for commands if needed. Rue is a shelter volunteer favorite and is a total love bug. She loves a good massage, but who doesn’t? Unfortunately she hasn’t found her furever home just yet. Whoever adopts Rue will be gaining a marvelous addition to their family. RUE WAS RECENTLY ADOPTED, BUT WILL STILL PROUDLY REPRESENT THE SHELTER IN THE TOURNAMENT.


No matter who comes out on top, every pet is a winner, earning their shelter a donation based on where their tournament run ends: $100 for “Terrific 32” finalists, $200 for the “Spirited 16,” $300 for the “Eager 8” and $500 for the “Final Fur.”


“Tournament of Tails is a fun way to raise awareness for shelter pets while playing off of the country’s fascination with the college basketball tournament,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “We’re proud to support the compassionate and important work that organizations like Town & Country Humane Society do on behalf of pets everywhere.”


The shelter has rescued numerous heartworm positive dogs already this year. The veterinary bills add up very fast. The average cost to treat a heartworm positive dog is approximately $500. Town & Country Humane Society is currently treating 5 dogs for heartworm. The donation from the tournament will help alleviate some of these vet expenses.

Town & Country Humane Society encourages pet lovers to visit the Tournament of Tails website at to learn more about Rue’s amazing story and to cast their vote.



About Town & Country Humane Society


Town & Country Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter run entirely by volunteers serving eastern Nebraska and beyond. We are dedicated to providing a safe and caring living facility for pets in need until a loving home can be found, as well as helpful information for those wishing to rehome or adopt an animal.

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