It is here, people! August 1 is the official kickoff of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, when shelters across the country will engage in a friendly, three-month competition to save more animals’ lives.
This weekend, the 50 shelter contestants are pulling out all the stops to get the party started right. From all-night adoption parties to special promotions (hello, free cats!), these events are sure to get the public pumped up to adopt a pet and help their local shelters find more pets more homes.
And don’t forget to follow @ASPCALive as we bring you all the minute-by-minute kick-off action this weekend. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #100KChallenge and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
July 31 has gone to the dogs—and for good reason. It’s Mutts Day! That’s right, a whole day dedicated to embracing, saving and celebrating mixed-breed dogs. We can’t think of a more deserving crew.
With the desire for designer dogs still going strong, one-of-a-kind pups are often left with the short end of the stick. What gives? Mutts rock!
They can be well-behaved and loyal family members, they’re just as talented as their purebred counterparts, and do we really need to point out how ridiculously cute they are?
If you’re the proud pet parent of a mixed breed, we hope you’re celebrating Mutts Day by spending time with your furry companion! And if you’re thinking about adding a new pet to the family, please consider giving a mixed breed a chance.
Thanks to all for making pet adoption your first option!TM
We never get used to it. No matter how many cases of cruelty our team investigates, the brutality of it still hits us hard in the heart. This case was no exception. In mid-July our Humane Law Enforcement department received a call from an eyewitness who saw a father and son beating their cat to death with a stick. We jumped into action.
Quickly finding the deceased cat in a garbage bag on the side of the road, our Agents subsequently obtained a search warrant for the home. A search uncovered a broken stick encrusted with cat fibers and blood in the attic. Jean Rog Murat, 60, and his son, Robenson Murat, 29, were arrested and taken into custody.
The Kings County District Attorney indicted the duo on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; and failure to provide proper sustenance for animals. If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum of two years of incarceration.
“This was a heinous act on an innocent animal and a clear case of violent abuse,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “We praise the district attorney for his commitment to hold these perpetrators accountable for their cruel and callous acts.”
Drum roll, please! You nominated. You voted. You crossed your fingers. And now it’s the moment we’ve been waiting for: The winner of our first Founders Choice Grant Contest is The Toby Project!
But we couldn’t stop there. In fact, voting was so close that we’re awarding $5,000 grants to each of our top three finalists! Congratulations to The Toby Project, Hearts United for Animals and Becky’s Gift!
A special thank you to Founder’s Society member Mary Anne Rasmussen for nominating The Toby Project. This Founders Choice Grant will help save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats by helping The Toby Project spay and neuter 20 dogs and 39 cats!
Big thank yous also go out to Founder’s Society members Riki Shaw, for nominating Heart United for Animals, and John Ludlam, for his nomination of Becky’s Gift!
Hearts United for Animals will put its Founders Choice Grant to work providing feline leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus tests in their low-cost spay/neuter clinic. And Becky’s Gift will be using its Founders Choice Grant to purchase hay from area farms, grain from nearby feed stores, and services provided by local farriers and veterinarians.
Congratulations again to The Toby Project, Hearts United for Animals and Becky’s Gift! And thank you to all our Founders who helped make a difference for three wonderful organizations and for the animals of New York, Nebraska and New Hampshire!
Oh, it’s on! The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is officially underway starting August 1—and, for the third year in a row, shelters around the country are in a race to save more animals’ lives.
What is the $100K Challenge, you ask? In a nutshell, 50 animal shelters will spend the next three months working tirelessly to increase the number of adoptions over last year. The winning shelter will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work—and other contestants will vie for a chance to bring home additional grant prizes.
Join Us for Kick-Off Weekend! Next weekend, we’ll be rooting for Challenge contestants as they host special kick-off adoption events! Follow @ASPCALiveas we bring you all the minute-by-minute action. Using the hashtag #100KChallenge, you’ll be able to join the conversation—and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
To find a kick-off event near you, please visit our 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge events page!