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.
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.