Pet Rescue Founder Rewarded
for Her 'Heart on Wheels'
Scarbrough has always gone out of her way to help an animal in
need. The 26-year-old founder of Coastal Pet Rescue, an all-volunteer
non-profit organization that primarily serves coastal Georgia,
South Carolina and Florida, recently won the national Jiffy Lube®
Hearts on Wheels contest for her extraordinary community service
using her vehicle.
Lisa Scarbrough and Mike Wakely
contest prize, a 20-year supply of Jiffy Lube Signature
Service® oil changes, $150 Shell gasoline gift card,
five-year supply of Rain-X® Weatherbeater® wiper
blades, Rain-X® Original Glass Treatment and Rain-X®
Glass Cleaner, and six-year supply of Fix-A-Flat®
tire inflator, will help her continue to provide safe
homes for displaced animals.
"It's not uncommon for Lisa to drive six to eight
hours, one way, to rescue an animal that's in danger
of being euthanized," said Tom Kaufman, a fellow
volunteer at Coastal Pet Rescue.
Scarbrough's "rescue-mobile," a 2000 Mitsubishi
Montero Sport XLS, is Coastal Pet Rescue's primary vehicle
for transporting needy animals to vet visits and foster
homes. Scarbrough pays for all of its routine maintenance,
gas and insurance out of her own pocket.
"Lisa's devotion and commitment to saving animals
truly made her Hearts on Wheels entry stand out,"
said Jiffy Lube Global Director of Marketing Lisa Carlson.
"We were overwhelmed to learn the stories of so
many volunteers who regularly give of themselves and
their vehicles in service to their communities."
A foster mom to injured and homeless pets for much of
her life, Scarbrough founded Coastal Pet Rescue on her
24th birthday in 2003. In 2004, the organization logged
more than 8,000 miles rescuing more than 70 dogs and
cats across the Southeast. Round-trip transports average
approximately 200 miles.
Despite yearly fundraisers, Coastal Pet Rescue has not
yet broken even, Scarborough said. "None of our
volunteers receives any compensation. We all pay for
our own gas and vehicle upkeep. I'm planning to share
the Jiffy Lube prize package with them. It will really
help keep us going."
Jiffy Lube International sponsored the Jiffy Lube Hearts
on Wheels contest to recognize and reward the positive
contributions individuals quietly make in their communities
every day. Automotive expert Lauren Fix, a.k.a. the
Car Coach®, worked with Jiffy Lube to find these
"Whether you're traveling the highways rescuing
dogs and cats, commuting back and forth to work every
day or running errands around town, it all takes its
toll on your vehicle," Fix said. "Regular
oil changes and preventive maintenance can extend vehicle
life, improve gas mileage and keep you on the road worry-free."