Breaking: Winners Announced in ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 2:00pm

The ASPCA is on the ground today in cities across the country to celebrate with the winners of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and deliver some mighty big checks.

The $100K Challenge is our annual, three-month-long shelter contest to come up with new ways to get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. And get them into homes they did! In total, this year’s 50 contestants saved a whopping 56,232 animals’ lives.

But who took home the grand prize of 100,000 big ones? Well, people, Texas did it again. The grand prize winner of the 2012 $100K Challenge is the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services! The Central Texas shelter saved more than 4,054 animals in three months—that’s 1,384 more animals than it saved during the same three-month period in 2011. Amazing work—congratulations, San Antonio!

For a full list of winners, including second place and the Community Engagement Award recipient, please visit the $100K Challenge blog.

Want to help save more animals in your community? Encourage your local shelter to apply for the 2013 Challenge! Applications open on January 3, 2013. Stay tuned to for details.

The $100K Challenge is just one of many programs through which the ASPCA advocates for animals in need across the country. Help us continue to improve the lives of homeless pets.


Lori Grone

Congratulations San Antonio! Thank you for saving so many lives this year. I hope this victory will help you save even more in the future.

Jill Coletti

This is absolutely wonderful!! Thanks for saving so many lives !!I only hope that when there is such a challange that all the rescued animals do go into LOVING homes and that it is just not a rush to adopt out as many animals as rescues possibly can in order to WIN !! Because, as all of us in the "rescue world" know, this can have a very negative impact on the animal. Screenings for potential adopters have to be thorough !! ~Jill

Martha Bruneau

You guys rock! How dedicated you must all be to save so many lives. I as appreciate you.

Marty Bruneau
Glendale, AZ

Nancy Maglio

God bless all of you who work so tirelessly on behalf of the animals! You are all winners!! Congrats to San Antonio - what you do matters so much to so many of us. THANK YOU!!!


God Bless each and every one of you who were involved with this remarkable effort. I pray each of them are loved the way I love my rescue.


Such great work on everyone's behalf. I'm just picturing those happy wee animal faces -- that's a lot of smiles!

Michele Babij

I am so excited to know that there are so many great people like you guys to help save our most precious four legged creatures, I cry with happiness.Thank you and keep up the GREAT work.

Marcia Wickenhauser

That is such awesome news. I love animals and can't believe these poor babies are treated so poorly. Thanks for you're great work!


Well if it's anything like our "animal care services" here they will let a dog go home with ANYBODY - no reference checks, no home visits, no vet follow ups NOTHING. Not hard to get that many dogs out if you aren't acting in the best interest of the dog.


Congratulations to all of you who helped save more than 56 000 animals in such a short space of time. You have all worked so hard and deserve the wins and the credit for being so diligent. Again, big CONGRATULATIONS.