Saving Grace

Saving Grace is a private shelter that serves homeless animals across the rural part of NC and beyond. Established in 2004 at a private residence and farm the main goal to serve the most in need areas and animals in our state. Animals come from areas with extremely limited resources options. Dogs coming to Saving Grace often have no alternative opportunities for a future as Saving Grace strives to assist counties and areas most in need with some of the highest euthanasia rates in the country. The large majority of these underserved animals arrive at Saving Grace with limited to no prior medical care. As a non-profit, Saving Grace relies solely on donations to provide this much needed medical care and housing in order to make adoption possible for these many animals.


Heart 2 Heart Collaborative, in support of Duke Children’s Heart Program, improves the care experience for patients who have pediatric cardiac and congenital heart conditions and their families through education and advocacy. Founded in early 2014 by parents of children with heart defects, H2HC partners with patients’ health care teams to positively impact their lifelong care received both inside and outside of the hospital. Visit or email for more information. Race 13.1’s charity partners will receive 100% of the proceeds from donations by participants at registration.