Humane Society of Boulder Valley saved 2,640 dogs and cats and won a $100,000 grant in the ASPCA $100K Challenge.
Today is the day, people! The grand prize winner of the ASPCA $100K Challenge is…Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, CO! Boulder Valley saved a total of 2,640 animals—an increase of 968 lives saved over the same time period in 2009—and will receive a $100,000 grant to continue its life-saving work.
The $100K Challenge is a national contest designed to inspire animal shelters across the country to save more lives. Since the Challenge first launched in April, we’ve been inspired every day by the amazing feats of our contestants, who worked to save at least 300 more animals during the months of August, September and October 2010 than they did during the same months in 2009. Total lives saved: 48,779 in three months—7,362 MORE animals than last year!
Many thanks to all staff, volunteers and YOU, the public, for making the Challenge happen and for working every day to save more lives! Please see our leaderboard for the final, awe-inspiring numbers, and stay tuned next week for reports from our grand prize party in Boulder!
Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center saved more than 1,000 animals during the $100K Challenge.
We are very excited to announce that Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (TLCASC) in Tallahassee, FL, a municipal agency that cares for 11,000 animals annually, has won the ASPCA Community Engagement Award and a $25,000 grant! The award is part of the $100K Challenge, a national contest designed to inspire animal shelters across the country to save more lives.
The ASPCA selected TLCASC for the Community Engagement Award because of its creative and comprehensive “Reach for the Stars” communications campaign, which recruited dozens of local officials and celebrities to act as “agents” for animals in need of new homes. The campaign included an all-night adopt-a-thon and celebrity-themed video segments.
During the Challenge, TLCASC was everywhere from local fairs to college campuses, and kept the community in-the-know with fun blog posts from Daisy, canine reporter, who shared individual animal successes as well as exciting milestones. Together, staff, volunteers and the TLCASC community saved 1,288 animals from August 1 through October 31—an increase of 335 lives saved over the same time period in 2009.
Congratulations to the staff and volunteers of TLCASC, and thank you for creating such an amazing model of community engagement to save more lives!
Want to see all of TLCASC’s incredible community outreach? Visit the $100K Challenge blog! Next week, we're hitting the road to celebrate with Tallahassee, so stay tuned for reports from sunny Florida. And don’t forget to check out aspca.org/blog tomorrow when we’ll reveal the grand prize winner of the ASPCA $100K Challenge!
We are very pleased to announce the six winners of the ASPCA $100K Challenge Photo & Story Contest! With nearly 9,000 votes cast, it was a tough race, but whether they represent fosters, adoptions, volunteers or RTOs (return-to-owners), the winning entries all embody the very essence of this Challenge. For never losing faith in the end goal to save more lives and inspire others to do the same, these six submissions secured $1,000 grants—and our deep appreciation—for their local Challengers.
Congrats to all the finalists! Stay tuned for another announcement tomorrow, when we crown the winner of the ASPCA Community Engagement Award! And on Wednesday, we’re bringing you the BIG reveal—check out aspca.org/blog to find out which Challenge contestant saved the most animals’ lives to take home the $100,000 grand prize!
So you’ve heard us crooning week after week about the incredible work of our $100K Challenge contestants—those shelters that are coming up with innovative ways to motivate their communities and save more animals’ lives. At stake? Oh, just a cool $100K for the shelter that saves the most animals.
So far, our Challengers are kicking some serious butt, but we know they aren’t doing it alone. Without the public adopting cats and dogs in record numbers, the Challenge wouldn’t be such a smashing success. Which is why we want to hear from you—the public!
Have you adopted or fostered an animal from one of our contestant shelters during the months of the Challenge? Did you volunteer for one of our Challengers? Or perhaps you were reunited with your pet at a Challenge shelter? If so, we want to hear your story! Submit a photo and brief overview of your experience, and you could help your local shelter win a $1,000 grant.
An ASPCA jury will select 20 finalists based on the quality of the photo submissions and how well the stories demonstrate the Challenge’s mission to save lives. The public will vote for six grand prize winners, and the participating shelters of those six winners will each win a $1,000 prize! The six winning entrants will receive a snazzy ASPCA water bottle, and the 20 finalists will take home a prized ASPCA t-shirt. Anyone who has adopted, fostered, volunteered, or reclaimed an animal at a Challenge shelter during the months of August, September, or October 2010 is eligible to enter. So submit today! The deadline for entries is November 14 at midnight EST, and winners will be announced on ASPCA.org by December 7.
Not sure if your local shelter is participating in the $100K Challenge? Check out our full list of contestants! Then share the contest with your friends and neighbors by posting the link on Facebook or Twitter.
We’re already three weeks into the ASPCA $100K Challenge, and our contestants are showing some great adoption numbers and creative promotions to save more animals’ lives. Check out some of the highlights below, and stay tuned in the coming weeks to learn who else is kicking butt and taking names in the race to the $100K finish.
McKamey Animal Care & Adoption Center in Chattanooga, TN, celebrated the start of the Challenge by distributing free collars and tags to promote the importance of proper ID for pets. “We are working to increase our return to owner (RTO) rates,” reports McKamey. “So often we receive loving animals who we know must have families, but we cannot reunite them with their pet parents because they do not have identification.”
Speaking of RTOs, the Kent County SPCA of Camden, DE, returned a staggering 43 dogs and 3 cats to their pet parents during the first week of the Challenge. Some great numbers are also coming out of Colorado: As of August 13, a mere two weeks into the Challenge, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley had adopted out 118 cats and 65 dogs—“an increase of 49 animals since the same time last year,” they report.
No rest for the weary at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. When the Alabama shelter was closed one day last week, the organization still managed to turn in some exceptional results. That day, GBHS says, “the Lone Ranger, as we call our only veterinarian here, completed 26 spay/neuter surgeries and eight dentals!”
We’re consistently wowed by the innovative ways the Challengers are getting their communities involved in the action to find homes for needy pets. On August 7, Maui Humane Society assembled a team of 10 adoptable dogs for Pet Night at the Na Koa Ikaika Maui baseball game, where ticket proceeds benefitted the shelter. Meanwhile, the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, NC, got out some its favorite animal costumes and held an epic photo shoot with its Pit Crew.