ETV is a terrific way to get awareness for our clients
and support important programs at the same time.
2012 Celebrity Cruise Honoree
Nola is passionate about animal rescue and shelter, and her devotion to the cause is infectious. Although she's been saving animals all her life, Nola formalized her personal passion when she created The Good Bowl. The Good Bowl raises money and obtains major food donations from companies like Natural Balance, and distributes them to shelters around the Columbia, SC area to make sure the animals are well-fed, healthy, and treated humanely. Her organization has distributed more than a million pounds of pet food since 2011!
By raising awareness through The Good Bowl, Nola also hopes to lower the euthanasia rate at the more than 40 shelters currently receiving food donations. She is proud of one Chester, SC shelter in particular, where the euthanasia rate has dropped from about 100 animals per month, to only five. "Ultimately our goal is to get animal rights and shelter standards codified into state law," says Nola. "South Carolina lags behind most other states in its animal protection laws. We're working to turn that around."
The food program is the original and main function of The Good Bowl, but they recently expanded their focus. Over the holidays, they raised money to supply each homeless animal in shelters across South Carolina with special treats and toys. "The best part of the program was that our ‘Elves' were asked to individually deliver the treats and toys to the pets inside their kennels and cages, giving homeless animals attention and love they don't normally get." says Nola. The Good Bowl is also working on a program to get used tennis balls from college teams for shelter pets, a small and simple act that will nevertheless bring joy to homeless pets.
While animals are her personal passion, Nola also works with ETV South Carolina, a public educational broadcasting network, and she has found a way to get her clients involved. You will often hear Nola's voice on radio or see her on public TV working the phones, but she saves the best spots for her clients. Nola gets them to man the phones during fund drives and reach out to solicit pledges. This raises awareness for her clients at the same time. She got one state senator involved recently, and now ETV has an active supporter in the legislature. "It's a great way to support an important cause and raise the profile of our clients. Not only that, many of our clients become long-term participants in either animal rescue or ETV ventures. Everybody wins," says Nola.