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.
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!
Yup, they did it again. Shelters across the country inched that much closer to taking home the grand prize in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The numbers are in for September, and the contestants saved a total of 36,017 animals in just two short months. That’s a jaw-dropping increase of more than 8,000 animals over the same two months in 2011!
The results are in! Just as we hit the midway mark of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, we are thrilled to report that participating shelters helped save nearly 20,000 animals’ lives during the month of August. The shelters achieved this staggering feat by adopting out or reuniting animals with their pet parents. We couldn’t be more impressed or pleased that 19,114 cats and dogs found forever homes in just 30 days—that’s a combined increase of nearly 5,000 lives saved over the same month in 2011!
Our contestants approached this year’s Challenge with creativity, which led to happy animals and pet parents all around. These shelters kicked off August with special events drawing adopters of all ages and pet preferences. From games and food giveaways to adoption fee-waived specials, each shelter utilized innovative ideas to match tons of furry best friends with loving adopters. We think this strong start in August is a sure sign of good things to come as these shelters keep on truckin’ toward the finish line at the end of October.
We’d like to congratulate the shelters in each region that saved the most additional cats and dogs by the end of the first month of the Challenge: Canyon County Animal Shelter (Caldwell, ID) in the West region, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services in the South Central region, Toledo Area Humane Society in the North Central region, The Humane Society of Charlotte in the Southeast region and Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Center (BARCS) in the Northeast region. These participants will each receive a $5,000 Fast Start grant for working so hard to pull ahead of the competition. Congrats!
But the fun is just beginning. With a month and a half left to go, our contestants have plenty of time to buckle down, get creative, and find even more ways to find more loving forever homes for animals in need. You can follow all their triumphs on the $100K Challenge website.
In an exciting weekend of pet adoption events nationwide, 50 animal shelters kicked off the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge by finding loving forever homes for more than 2,700 animals. 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.
Here are some of the highlights from this fur-filled weekend:
When Bangor Humane Society had just one puppy left in the building, Ike—previously accompanied by his brother, Spike—the Maine agency promised his adopter a special surprise. "Spike and Ike's adoption fees were paid for by their foster parents, in turn making their adoption fees free to their new families," BHS explained to its Facebook fans. "Because of this, BOTH of Spike and Ike's adoptive families decided to pay it forward, and pay for the adoptions of two other dogs that are still in the building!”
In what turned out to be a very successful partnership, the Flagler Humane Society teamed up with local groomer Animal House Groomers, which helped transform some of the scruffier pets into adorable candidates for adoption during kick-off weekend event. The groomers worked makeover magic on this lucky pup, Scrapie, who later found a loving home.
Beyonce, a pretty pup rescued from an inhumane situation, was one of 122 adoptions at Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center over the course of the weekend. “Although her adoption was free today,” the Pennsylvania agency told its Facebook fans, “she had a $50 sponsorship, and her adopter left an additional $250!”
Guest blog written by Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA's Puppy Mills Campaign.
Lambriar, Inc., one of the largest puppy brokers in the United States, has announced that it is closing its kennel doors for good. Puppy brokers like Lambriar are middlemen, buying dogs from puppy mills and distributing them to pet stores throughout the country. Brokers are an important cog in the wheel of the cruel and inhumane puppy mill industry.
When asked why Lambriar is closing its doors, owner Roger Lambert told Kansas newspaper The Belleville Telescope “When you couple the bad economy with increasing rules and regulations and increased pressure from animal rights activists, well, it just got too hard.”
We have been working hard to shed light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies, and it seems to be working! As more and more people take our No Pet Store Puppies pledge not to buy anything in stores that sell puppies, the industry will continue to feel the ripple effects and be forced to make changes.
If you haven’t taken the No Pet Store Puppies pledge yet, please do! And please be sure to share it with your friends so that one day, puppy mill cruelty will be a distant memory.