It’s been an exciting week at the ASPCA, since we just announced the 50 finalists of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. These 50 groups, all animal welfare organizations, now move on to the next round of our competition. Every contestant is ultimately a winner because every group will be working to save more animals’ lives. Those competitors who have the biggest increases in lives saved over the same time period last year—as well as those that do the best job of engaging their communities—will be eligible to share in the more than $500,000 in prize grants we are awarding for their life-saving work.
Shelters in every region of the country are entered in the challenge, and they need your support. Wouldn’t it be nice if the shelter where you adopted your dog and cat won lots of money to save more pets like yours? Even if you won’t be able to adopt a dog or cat this year, you can help by promoting your favorite shelter through social media during the competition or by telling your friends to consider adopting their next pet from that shelter. I hope you all will pick a shelter to support. You can find out more at www.aspca.org/100K.
Good luck to all of the 2012 $100K Challenge contestants!
Congrats to Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas; the Humane Society of Greater Savannah in Savannah, Georgia; and the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi! All three shelters are in the running to win the ASPCA’s Community Engagement Award.
The Community Engagement Award is part of the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, a friendly, three-month-long competition in which shelters across the country work to save more animals’ lives. The award includes a $25,000 grant prize.
The three finalists all received the most online votes on the $100K Challenge website. The winner will be selected by the ASPCA Grants Committee and announced on November 30.
During the $100K Challenge, contestants competed to save at least 300 more animals in August, September and October 2011, than they did over the same three-month period in 2010. In last year’s first-ever Challenge, contestants saved a total of 48,779 lives in three months—an increase of 7,362 lives over the same three months in 2009.
After 12 days of spirited online voting by more than 200,000 supporters, the ASPCA is thrilled to announce the 50 shelters that will compete in the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge.
“We were blown away by the outpouring of support and by the number of votes cast for local shelters in the qualifying heat,” says Bert Troughton, ASPCA Vice President of Community Outreach.
The 50 contenders now will gear up for a three-month competition to save at least 300 more animals—during the months of August, September and October 2011—than they did over the same three-month period in 2010.
The agency with the biggest increase in animals saved will win $100,000. The agency that gets the most community members involved in saving animals will win a $25,000 grant; and those organizations that do the best in their regions will be eligible for between $5,000 and $25,000 in grants.
“If the buzz created during the voting is any indication of how much energy and passion we’ll see for these 50 contestants during the contest, then I think we’re in for a really inspiring 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge,” says Troughton.
On your mark. Get set. Vote! Folks, we are thrilled to announce that 95 animal shelters—from Hawaii to the U.S. Virgin Islands—are competing in this year’s $100K Challenge qualifying heat!
So, what does that mean, exactly? Well, they need you to vote! The 50 shelters with the most votes will be the official contestants of the 2011 Challenge and compete for the $100,000 grand prize. To keep the competition fierce, you can cast one vote each day!
Exclusive: As CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for the past three years, and employee for the past 12, Lisa Pedersen knows a thing or two about saving lives. Read on as she discusses the impact that participating in the ASPCA $100K Challenge has had on her shelter team and community as a whole.
From the very moment we submitted our application for the ASPCA $100K Challenge, we knew it wasn’t about winning the grant—it was about saving lives. It was about being inspired by the Challenge to implement programs and protocols we had always talked about, but for one reason or another never put in place. It was about our team looking at our every process and questioning the how and why for what we do. It was about finding new ways to engage our community, and creating incredible buzz about the animals we serve. It was for these reasons and many more that we took risks, dreamt big and just did it.
As the weeks of the Challenge went by, we learned lesson after lesson. We found great inspiration in the amazing things our shelter colleagues across the country were doing as part of the contest. And we continually adapted our plans as we found what worked and what didn’t for our own shelter needs. Our staff, volunteers, donors and the community as a whole stepped up time and again to keep us moving towards our ultimate goal of saving another 1,000 lives.
The Challenge transformed us.
And it was a challenge in every sense of the word for all of the shelters who said “yes” to the call. I believe we all worked harder than ever before and together we saved more than 7,000 more lives in just three months. If that isn’t transformational, I don’t know what is!
Thank you to the ASPCA for this visionary grant. There are so many things we can now share with each other—so many new ideas and innovations that have come about as the result of these three magical months.
We are honored and humbled to be the first grand prize winner of the ASPCA Save More Lives $100K Challenge. We are forever changed as an organization and as a community—and as we look forward, we know this is just the beginning. Together we will keep pushing, collaborating and challenging ourselves to save more lives.