Congrats to the Winners of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 2:30pm

Over a whirlwind three months of this year’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, tens of thousands of animals’ lives were saved. We asked for photos of these happy dogs and cats, and received hundreds of adorable submissions. It was a difficult task, but we narrowed them down to 40 photos that we thought best represented the Challenge spirit, and then asked you to vote for your favorites. The response was outstanding! All told, the finalists received 15,320 total votes.

We are excited to announce the five grand prize winners and 20 runners up—grand prize winners will each win $2,000 grants for their respective shelters, and runners up will receive $1,000 grants for their shelters.

Grand Prize Winners:

Southeast Division: Snickers & Macie (Portsmouth Humane Society)


North Central Division: Reese (City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control)


South Central Division: Meredith & The Boxers (Denton Animal Shelter Foundation)


West Division: Kowankie (Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode)


Northeast Division: Slugger & Michelle (Eleventh Hour Rescue)


Runners Up:

Southeast Division:
•Jane (Central Brevard Humane Society)
•Colby (Oconee County Humane Society)
•Cola (Humane Society of Charlotte)
•Opal & Sloth (Young Williams Animal Center)

North Central Division:
•Max (Ashtabula County Animal Protective League)
•Jinx (Ashtabula County Animal Protective League)
•Simon (Great Plains SPCA)
•Tucker & Bonnie (SICSA)

South Central Division:
•Professor McGonagall (Denton Animal Shelter Foundation)
•Maverick (BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions)
•JoJo Bubbles (Humane Society of Southern Arizona)
•Andy (BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions)

West Division:
•Marisol (Canyon County Animal Shelter)
•Kyra (Canyon County Animal Shelter)
•Sammy Girl (Escondido Humane Society)
•August (Humane Society of Central Washington)

Northeast Division:
•Chocolate Mike, Jr. (Baltimore Area Rescue & Care Shelter BARCS)
•Eleanor (Bangor Humane Society)
•Baxter (Humane League of Lancaster County)
•Sebastian (Last Chance Ranch)

Congratulations are also in order for the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Community Engagement Award finalists. These contestants are being honored for motivating their respective communities the most during the three-month contest. After weeks of energetic outreach and lively voting, we’re pleased to announce that Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center (Pittsburg, PA), Bangor Humane Society (Bangor, ME) and Humane Society of Central Washington (Yakima, WA) have received the highest number of public votes. All three organizations are also in the running to win the $100K grand prize. Stay tuned for the BIG grand prize announcement on November 30!

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Kathleen Klamert

Congratulations to all of the winners! All animals are sweet, adorable & cute, and above all they're loving, faithful & loyal even to those that abuse them.

Alejandra Carrillo

This is great news :-) those animals are beyond adorable


I can certainly see why those cat pictures were chosen, the kitties are just adorable. Years ago, my husband and I adopted two adult cats from a local no-kill shelter and one five-year old black beauty from a now-closed pound. They are wonderful family members and bring endless love and joy to each day. Rescues are the absolute best!

Jagdish Mittal

congrats to all the winners of the contest.Thanks for selecting best out of best and most cute animals


I was shocked to learn that the Amish people were into puppy mills so much. Shame on them.

Deb Padovano

I voted in the Rachel Ray contest. I can't remember which furry baby I voted but I just looked at the winner and ALL the furry babies. I got a furry baby adorable alert. The pics are so cute. I laughed so hard I almost cried. Thank you so much for posting all the wonderful pics. I enjoyed them so much. xxxooo


Dear Sir/Madam,

I Have 13 cats living with me as I have taken a woe to look after them untill death do us apart.
I would like some one to donate money for them in long term,I am living in Ireland and would need help as it will cost me a fourtune in the long run they are all like my children and they all happened to come into this world for a reason for me to take care of them.
please give me some information to who to contact.
thanks looking forward to your reply, Pia


Congratulations for the winners of the photo contest!