Toyota of North Charlott Presents North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue with New Hybrid Highlander

Toyota of North Charlotte presented a Highlander HV Limited hybrid vehicle to North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, awarding 100 Vehicles to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days.
Sept. 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Charlotte, NC – Toyota of North Charlotte presented a Highlander HV Limited hybrid vehicle to North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program.  The non-profit rescue group -- a private, donation-funded, no-kill organization which strives to help end pet overpopulation, abandonment and neglect -- will use the Highlander to transport dogs from shelters where they were at risk to their headquarters, veterinarian visits and their new homes.  They will also use the vehicle to carry dog food and other supplies needed to operate the rescue.  

In addition to the Highlander, Toyota of North Charlotte gave the North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue dog food and other pet supplies it has collected through customer and associate donations.  The dealership engaged customers to participate by offering promotions on vehicle service in exchange for donated goods. The celebration included furry friends from the animal rescue, which provides care and finds homes for dogs of any breed, age or medical need.

“We are deeply touched by Toyota’s generous contribution and incredibly thankful,” said Danielle Rhyan, vice president the animal rescue. “Our goal is to find happy homes and lives for these precious animals, and this donation helps extend the reach and efficiency of our work.”  

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has awarded 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving non-profit organizations nationwide based on votes from the public. 100 Cars for Good was launched as a Facebook-enabled philanthropy initiative which engaged supporters of these charities through its Facebook application. Each day for 100 days, five organizations were profiled on the Facebook page and the one with the most votes at the end of the day was awarded a car.  The 400 runners-up each received $1,000.  

North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue is a natural community partner for Toyota of North Charlotte, which is staffed by many self-proclaimed “animal lovers” and has a Bull Terrier mascot named Mr. Toyota as its television advertising personality.

“Toyota of North Charlotte has been proud to be a member of the Charlotte community since 2003, and we are pleased to be part of the Toyota family that is bringing much-needed resources not only to this very deserving local charity, but 99 others nationwide,” said Paul Kramer, general manager and president, Toyota of North Charlotte, which provides local scholarships for area schools, hosts food drives and collects toys for those in need during the holidays.

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program enables 100 organizations to receive a Toyota vehicle to make a greater impact on the community. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where it does business.  If you’d like to learn more, please visit

Through the 100 Cars for Good initiative, vehicles will be awarded to non-profits in other locations throughout North Carolina and the Southeast including:  Cindy’s Hope Chest in Indian Trail, NC; Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County in Concord, NC; and PAWS: Placing Animals Within Society in Bryson City, NC.

About Toyota
Toyota  established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction.  Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.  Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.  

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit

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