Two Months, 36K+ Animals Saved in $100K Challenge

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:15pm

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!

Check out the complete results for August and September.

The shelters have less than three weeks until they reach the finish line. Who do you think will take home top honors?

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The winners are the humans who have shown deep compassion for the greater beasts of this planet. The Animals.


Our NO-KILL shelter was inundated with a kitten explosion - 75 to be precise! Thankfully, they were all in foster as our shelter is rather small. Our shelter was also full with cats and dogs and we had a waiting list for animals to be surrendered but we had no room. We ended up having a "Kitty Clearance" whereas we had heavy media coverage and we stayed open extended hours for an entire weekend and we dropped our prices a bit but we still were vigilant with approving our applications. We wanted to ensure quality adoptions. In one day, we moved 24 kittens, 3 cats and 1 dog! The second day we moved another 6 kittens, a few more cats and 4 dogs! All in all, the other kittens are now being weaned from their moms and are gradually coming into the shelter for placement. We're considering another event AFTER Halloween (we won't adopt out black cats in October unless it's someone we know, for obvious reasons - we're in Massachusetts). Congratulations to everyone whose hard work has placed thousands of animals in loving, fur-ever homes...winning the contest is just gravy! Great job!!!