Time flies when you’re having fun: Competing shelters in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge are nearing the finish line, and we couldn’t be more excited to share that in June and July, the Challengers saved a total of 43,959 animals’ lives! The Challenge shelters achieved this by adopting out or reuniting pets with their guardians—and they saved over 9,000 more lives than during the same two months last year.
We’d like to congratulate the shelters in each division that saved the most additional cats and dogs by the end of the first two months of the Challenge:
After receiving hundreds of submissions and thousands of votes, we are ready to announce the winners of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest. We asked pet parents of cats and dogs adopted from competing Challenge shelters to send us photos of their furry friends, and it was difficult to choose, but we narrowed the entries down to 40 finalists. We’ve reviewed and tallied up the votes, and the results are in!
And the winners are…
The grand prize of $5,000 in ASPCA grant funding will be awarded to Lynchburg Humane Society (Virginia) for the winning photo of Rust.
Five shelters will receive $2,000 in ASPCA grant funds for their second-place photo submissions:
It was difficult to choose, but we have selected 40 exceptional finalists representing 26 Challenge shelters. Now’s your chance to help choose the winners! Visit our $100K Challenge Photo Contest voting page to vote for your favorite photo once per day from now until 11:59 P.M. on Friday, August 1. Contest winners and runners-up will receive prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 in the form of ASPCA grant funds for their local Challenge shelter! We’ll announce the winners of the Photo Contest on Monday, August 4.
We’re excited to share the results of the first month of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: In June alone, the Challengers saved a total of 21,175 animals’ lives! Competing shelters achieved this by adopting out or reuniting pets with their guardians. June’s impressive total was a combined increase of 4,311 over lives saved by the shelters during June 2013.
The excitement has just begun! The Challengers have plenty of time to get creative and save even more animals’ lives during July and August. Stay tuned as the action unfolds during the remaining two months of the Challenge.
As the Challenge began on Sunday, June 1, all 50 shelters worked to host special adoption events throughout the week. From California to Maine, adopters visited local shelters to show their support for the Challenge and went home with furry best friends of all shapes and sizes.
But the excitement is just beginning! Now through the end of August, support your local Challenge shelter as the contestants compete to break their own adoption records and save the most animals over the same period in 2013.