After the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge began in June, we asked pet parents of cats and dogs adopted from competing Challenge shelters to send us photos of their new furry friends. We received hundreds of adorable submissions, and after much debate, we narrowed it down to 40 finalists. We’ve tallied up thousands of votes for these super cute photos, and the results for$100K Challenge Photo Contestare in!
During Diana M.’s first visit to the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, she met Banksy, a small, lively pup she first saw on our website. Soon, Banksy joined her family, and he fit right in. Diana shared the following story with us:
We wanted a companion for our current dog Oliver, who is also a rescue. We also felt it was important to adopt and wanted to give a dog in need a good home.
Banksy by far was our favorite from the beginning. He was a bit bashful, but after seeing him at the ASPCA we knew we wanted him. We talked about it often during the week and, the following weekend, we returned with my resident dog, a Dachshund and Beagle mix named Oliver, to ensure that it would be a good match.
Banksy and Oliver hit it off immediately, and we fell in love. We knew we wanted to take him home right away. The Adoption Center staff was extremely personable, helpful and knowledgeable. It was evident that Banksy was very much loved and cared for, and that the first priority of the staff was to ensure that he had a good home.
Bansky adjusted to his new home quickly. By the second day, he was accepting treats from us, and it was clear he was feeling more and more at home. Once he got to know us, he was extremely affectionate. He likes to jump on us all the time and gives tons of licks and kisses.
Oliver and Banksy are great companions; they've even switched beds and chew toys and love to run outside together. As Oliver is a bit older, I think it makes him very happy to have playful Banksy as a companion.
Every year, the ASPCA creates a top-quality wall calendar that we give out to our friends and supporters. These calendars feature ASPCA team members and their adopted pets—and around the office, competition to make it into the calendar is pretty steep!
We're putting our 2014 calendar together right now, and staffers representing all 12 months of the year have been photographed with their furry friends. There's only one big decision left to make, and we’re leaving the answer up to you: Who should grace the calendar’s cover?
We've narrowed down the field to four contenders. Check out the photos that are in the running, read a little about the sweet, adopted subjects, and then cast your vote for our 2014 Cover Dog or Cat. The pet whose photo gets the most votes will have his or her face in homes all over America!
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month last June, we teamed up with Threadless.com to find the best superhero feline t-shirt design—and more than 600 of you submitted ideas! There were laser cats, ninja cats, cats with beards and even cats on unicycles, but there can be only one top dog in this competition. And the winner is…Atomic Kitty!
The winning designer received an amazing gift bag, including a $500 Threadless.com gift code and two tickets to the ASPCA’s annual Young Friends benefit in New York City. And, of course, proceeds from this cute t-shirt will help prevent cruelty to animals across the country!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the design contest. You can purchase Atomic Kitty t-shirts on Threadless.com.