Back in May, we told you about the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, a three-month adoptathon that’s a win-win situation for the pets and their shelters. Shelters come up with innovative, creative ways to introduce more potential pet lovers to adoption, pets get new homes, and homes share their love with once-homeless pets.
Now the winners of the 2013 Challenge have been announced! The ASPCA and Rachael Ray awarded grant prizes to 12 shelters who went above and beyond their duties, including:
· $100K Grand Prize and Best in Division Five: The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada
· $25K Best in Division Four: Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, Texas
· $25K Best in Division Three: HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona
· $25K Best in Division Two: Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas
· $25K Best in Division One: Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
· $25K Community Engagement Award: Canyon County Animal Shelter in Caldwell, Idaho
Over June, July, and August of 2013, participating shelters have saved over 12,000 more animals compared to the same months last year. That’s huge!! These shelters also saw support from their communities with a 46% increase in volunteers and a 20% increase in foster homes.
We’re especially excited about this year’s challenge results for two reasons:
- We’re now members of the Rachael Ray Nutrish blogger advocacy group! We love that the profits of this food and treat line go to help homeless pets through programs like this. (And Irie and Tiki are crazy about the food and treats as well!)
- One of this year’s winners, Texas Humane Heroes, is our local shelter!! Both Tiki and our cat Inca were adopted from this shelter when it was the Humane Society of Williamson County. We’re so proud of their hard work to achieve this milestone! You can see the Challenge logo on their banner in this photo when Tiki and Irie stopped by their booth at the Austin Pet Expo this summer!
Three cheers for all the shelters that won and those that participated…and, most especially, for all the animals whose lives are forever changed by this Challenge!
Top photo courtesy ASPCA