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.
Last week, we asked if you were ready to take our Challenge and boy did you answer—in a big way! Officially launched on April 8, the ASPCA $100K Challenge seeks to encourage animal welfare leaders to develop innovate ways to increase pet adoptions in their communities. We received so many amazing applications that we reached our Challenge limit of 50 contestants in less than a week! Congratulations to the following shelters and rescue groups who now have a chance to win more than $125,000 in prizes—including a grand prize grant of $100,000—and save more animals' lives!
SPCA, Inc., Lakeland, FL
Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee, WI
St. Hubert's Giralda, Madison, NJ
Team: Richmond AC&C and Richmond SPCA, Richmond, VA
Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, KS
Kauai Humane Society, Kauai, HI
SPCA of Wake County Raleigh, NC
South Suburban Humane Society, Chicago Heights, IL
Animal Aid Coconut Creek, FL
Erie County SPCA, Tonawanda, NY
HS of Boulder Valley, Boulder, CO
Animal Resource Center, Dayton, OH
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine, CA
Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonville, FL
Joplin Humane Society, Joplin, MO
Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins, CO
Louisiana SPCA, New Orleans, LA
Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, Rochester NY
Tallahassee Leon County Animal Services Center, Tallahassee, FL
Team: Geauga Humane Society and Lake Humane Society, northeast Ohio
Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, Menands NY
Team: Arizona Animal Welfare League and HALO Helping Animals Live On, Phoenix, AZ
Western PA Humane Society, Pittsburgh, PA
Atlanta Humane Society & SPCA, Atlanta, GA
Animal Rescue League of Boston, Boston, MA
Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge, IL
Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Vancouver, WA
Humane Society of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX
Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Birmingham, AL
Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Santa Fe, NM
Autauga County Humane Society, Prattville, AL
Calcasieu Parish Animal Services & Adoption Center, Lake Charles, LA
Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH), Stanwood, WA
Kern County Animal Control, Bakersfield , CA
Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society, Isabela, PR
St. Tammany Parish Dept of Animal Services, Lacombe, LA
Capital Area Humane Society, Hilliard, OH
Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Hattiesburg, MS
Dubuque Humane Society, Dubuque, IA
City of San Jose Animal Care Center, San Jose, CA
McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga, TN
Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society & SPCA, Tacoma WA
Animal Friends Humane Society, Hamilton, OH
Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Dayton, OH
Kent County SPCA, Camden, DE
Maui Humane Society, Maui, HI
Salt Lake County Animal Services, Salt Lake City, UT
The official competition period is August 1 through October 31, when all 50 contestants will start tracking their progress. To qualify for the grand prize grant, shelters need to save a minimum of 300 more animals from August through October 2010, compared with the same three-month period in 2009. Beyond that, the winner will be the shelter that saves the most additional animals during the same time period. The ASPCA will also grant $25,000 to the shelter that most engages its community to promote pet adoptions and reunite lost animals with their pet parents. Winners will be announced in December 2010. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for the latest news about the ASPCA $100K Challenge.
Are you looking to make a real difference in the lives of animals? We’re searching for public and private shelter leaders and volunteers to take their town to the next level by vastly increasing pet adoptions in their community. To sweeten the deal, we’re launching a friendly competition to inspire innovation and showcase successful, life-saving programs.
Officially launched on April 8, the ASPCA $100K Challenge will award more than $125,000 in prizes, including a grand prize grant of $100,000! To qualify for the grand prize competition, shelters need to save a minimum of 300 more cats, dogs, kittens and puppies from August through October 2010, compared with the same three-month period in 2009. Beyond that, the winner will be the shelter that saves the most additional animals from August through October 2010. The ASPCA will also grant $25,000 to the shelter that most inspires and engages its community to get involved in promoting pet adoptions and reuniting lost animals with their pet parents. (And yes, the same shelter can win both big prizes!)
“Unique from our other grants that fund specific programs, the ASPCA $100K Challenge is a competition to inspire creative solutions for increasing pet adoptions and improving return-to-owner rates,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The Challenge will spark innovation and draw more community support to help shelters help animals.”
So hurry and register today or help us spread the word to your local animal welfare leaders! We’re accepting applications through June 30, but the Challenge is limited to 50 shelters. The official competition period is August 1 through October 31, and winners will be announced in early December 2010.