After much anticipation, we’re thrilled to announce the contestants of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge! This year’s Challenge will be the fifth and final competition of its kind. From June through the end of August, 50 animal shelters in 24 states will engage in a spirited competition to save more animals’ lives than they did during the same three months in 2013. The shelters will compete to win a total of $600,000 in ASPCA grant funding, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to a grand prize of $100,000 for the Challenge’s top performing shelter.
Stay tuned for continuing coverage of this year’s Challenge. The competing shelters will host Challenge Kickoff Week events June 1-7, and we know they’ll be working hard to prepare between now and then.
It’s finally time—after three months of spirited competition, we are excited to announce the results of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Division 5 champion The Animal Foundationof Las Vegas, Nevada will take home the $100,000 grand prize in grant funding from the ASPCA. The organization accomplished an increase of 1,055 animals’ lives saved over the same period during 2012. Congratulations!
The following division leaders will each receive $25,000 in ASPCA grant funding:
All told, the 49 Challenge contestants saved 56,379 animals’ lives over the course of the exciting three-month challenge—a combined increase of 12,050 lives saved compared to the same period during 2012. We are truly impressed by the dedication, hard work and creativity these shelters employed in order to find loving homes for thousands of animals in need. Congratulations to our Challenge winners, and to all those who participated. You deserve a round of applause!
The Community Engagement Award, which will be granted to the organization that that did the best job of involving its community in saving more lives during the Challenge, will receive $25,000 in grant funds from the ASPCA. The three finalists were determined by a two-week online voting contest.
We can hardly believe the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is nearing the finish line, but we couldn’t be more excited to share that in June and July, the Challengers saved a total of 36,790 animals’ lives! Competing shelters achieved this by adopting out or reuniting pets with their guardians—and they saved nearly 8,000 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 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!