MacKenzie Scott boosts another Pittsburgh-area nonprofit with $10 million gift

Good News Notes: “Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit agency based in McCandless, announced Wednesday that it received a $10 million unrestricted gift from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The gift is the single largest donation the organization has received in its 190-year history. “We are grateful for and humbled by Ms….

Hero vet braves Ukraine battle zone to rescue animals

Good News Notes: “A veterinarian is being hailed as a hero after he navigated war-torn Ukraine to save animals caught in the crossfire of the rising conflict. Jakub Kotowicz has rescued over 200 cats and 60 dogs from Lviv, across three convoys. The 32-year-old entered the war zone last week as part of a caravan from…

Ukrainian Woman Katya Kurletz Helping Rescue Animals from Bombed Cities

Good News Notes: “The mass exodus from Ukraine has created a crisis with the pets residents had to leave behind, but in the middle of Putin‘s brutal war, some Ukrainians have stepped up to save the animals. Katya Kurletz is on the ground in Ukraine, leading the efforts to track down dogs in destroyed cities and transport…

11-Year-Old Arkansas Boy Donates Mullet Competition Earnings to Foster Care

Good News Notes: “Eleven-year-old Allan Baltz of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is familiar with the foster care system. When he and his twin sister Alice were only four, they came to live with Derek and Lesli Baltz. Lesli said she and her husband became foster parents with the intention of helping kids reunite with their families, but their plans…

North Carolina nonprofit builds free homes for licensed foster families

Good News Notes: “A North Carolina nonprofit is building free homes for foster families aimed at keeping large sibling groups together and in their own home communities.  Alex Williams, the founder of Fostering Hopes, told Fox News that North Carolina limits how many children, including biological children, can be in a home. “It’s very, very difficult to…

Quincy restaurant hosts holiday pet party to support local shelters

Good News Notes:  “A Massachusetts restaurant teamed up with local animal shelters on Saturday to host a holiday pet party to support animals in need. The Victory Point Restaurant in Quincy hosted the “Happy Pawlidays” pet event, which included several dogs from the area participating in a festive costume shelter. Donations were also gathered at…

Nine-year-old ‘real life Matilda’ is adopted by her second grade teacher

Good News Notes: “A nine-year-old girl has been adopted from foster care by her second grade teacher in a story that’s being compared that of Matilda and Miss Honey. Two years ago, Loralie Henry entered Zoe Henry’s second grade class in La Verne, California. She had been in foster care for years at the time, and single mom…

Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Awards $57K in Grants

Good News Notes: “The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have awarded grants totaling $57,000 to 24 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia. Ursula Landsrath created the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization in 2008, distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal…