Gracie's Friends and Live Oak Bank Partner to Find Local Dogs Permanent Homes

Top Quote The unique partnership between Live Oak Bank and TV show Gracie's Friends, helps find loving homes and teaches proper care for our four-legged friends. End Quote
  • Wilmington, NC (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2012 - Gracie's Friends is a half-hour television program that airs every Sunday starting April 1st at 12:30 PM ET on WWAY (ABC affiliate) in Wilmington, NC. The show was launched to showcase misplaced animals from local shelters that were in need of loving homes. Along with finding families for deserving animals, the show features veterinarians who teach owners how to train and properly care for their furry, four-legged friends. The host, a two-year old Golden Retriever, wants to help place her friends in homes and hopes to act as a Therapy Dog this season. Once she is properly trained, she'll visit children's hospitals and retirement communities for senior citizens.

    "As an owner of two dogs, Preslie and Ozzie, it is difficult to see displaced animals," expressed Travis York, Sr. Loan Officer at Live Oak Bank. "The bank is glad to be able to support such a good cause, especially since it benefits animals in our community."
    "The production team for Gracie's Friends is 100% volunteer-based, and we rely solely on the generosity of our sponsors to make this show a reality," commented Bud Dowdy, Producer of Gracie's Friends. "We are grateful that Live Oak Bank is willing to sponsor our show, so we are able to continue to match these dogs with devoted owners."

    Live Oak Bank was founded to provide small business loans to professionals looking to start or expand their business. Aside from acquisitions and refinancing, Live Oak's lenders specialize in real estate loans and ground-up construction projects. The bank originally began lending to veterinarians, and has since expanded to dentists, independent pharmacists, and funeral home owners nationwide. Having such a keen industry focus and trade specialists on board, enables the bank to offer an unparalleled level of service to the client.

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