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!