Foothills Animal Shelter (Colo.) Wins Division Four of 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K ChallengeShelter saves 2,664 pets in three months; wins $50K in grant funding
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colo. has won Division Four of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. They found homes for 2,664 pets during the three-month competition; an increase of 1,006 lives saved over the same period last year, and was awarded a total of $50,000 in grant funding from the ASPCA and Rachael Ray today in one of several celebration events throughout the nation.
The 50 contestants worked to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2014 than they did over the same three-month period in 2013. This year’s competing shelters saved a total of 68,805 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 16,789 over the same period in 2013. Over the five years of the $100K Challenge – held annually since 2010 – contestants saved a total of 282,679 cats and dogs, an increase of nearly 60,000 lives.
“We watched Foothills Animal Shelter rise to the top of the leaderboard month after month this summer, demonstrating their amazing determination and commitment to improving things for animals in their community,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of strategic initiatives for the ASPCA. “In the process of saving 2,664 lives, they shattered their previous records for the most adoptions in a single event, day, week and month. Their life-saving efforts are simply remarkable and they should be very proud.”
In addition to Foothills Animal Shelter, contestants in Division Four (those with an annual intake of 7,001-11,000 animals) for the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge were:
- The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, Ill.
- Pinal County Animal Care in Casa Grande, Ariz.
- Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, Calif.
- Houston Humane Society in Houston, Texas
- First State Animal Center – SPCA, Delaware in Camden, Del.
- City of Pasadena (TX) Animal Control and Adoption in Pasadena, Texas
- Osceola County Animal Services in St. Cloud, Fla.
- HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Ariz.
- Anderson County P.A.W.S. in Anderson, S.C.
The ASPCA and Rachael Ray today awarded a $100,000 grand prize to Central California SPCA of Fresno, Calif., the shelter contestant that achieved the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo., which did the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals, was awarded $25,000. The organizations that did the best in their divisions were awarded $25,000 in grants. In total, $550,000 in grant funding is awarded to competing shelters in the competition for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.
All her life, Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create a pet food called Nutrish® to raise money for animals in need. Ray donates her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish® to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.
The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. For information about the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, please visit www.aspca.org/100K.