On August 1st the ASPCA launched it’s third 100K Challenge.
The $100K Challenge is a national competition to inspire animal shelters—and those who support them—to go above and beyond to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals’ lives.
The Challenge enlists 50 competing animal shelters to spend the next three months working tirelessly to increase their adoption numbers over the same period last year and this year Rachel Ray has partnered with the ASPCA to award the winning shelter with a $100,000 grant and other contestants will vie for a chance to bring home some of nearly $500,000 in additional grant prizes.
The contestants need to save at least 300 more animals during the months of August, September and October, than they did last year during the same months to be eligible for the $100,000 grant.
Other prizes include:
- $25,000 to the shelter with the second greatest increase in lives saved
- $25,000 to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community
- $20,000 to the contestants that increase lives saved the most in their divisions
- $10,000 to the contestants that increase percentage of lives saved the most in their divisions
- $5,000 to every contestant that increases lives saved by at least 300 animals
To see a list of the 50 contestants you can visit here and to see pictures of lives that are being saved right now you can visit here.
The Medina County SPCA, which is the shelter that I donated the 5,000 meals to when I won Best Photograph on a Blog at the BlogPaws 2012 Nose to Nose Awards, courtesty of HaloPets and Freekibble.com, is competing in this years challenge and they are working their tails off to get as many pets as they can adopted in the next 3 months. Each pet that they adopt is featured on their Facebook Page and as of the writing of this post they have adopted over 30 pets in just a few days!
Here’s how you can get out and support this great event:
SPREAD THE WORD! Tell everyone that you know that your local shelter is competing in the 100K Challenge and needs their support! Share pictures of the pets that your shelter is trying to find homes for on Facebook and Twitter and/or share your shelters successful adoptions on your Facebook Page. When you are sharing or tweeting make sure to use hashtag #100KChallenge! You can also check out this listing to see if there is a local shelter in your area that is having an event to promote the challenge!