But in order to win, they need our support.
To qualify for the grand prize competition, shelters need to save a minimum of 300 more cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from August through October 2010, compared with the same three-month period last year. The winner will be the shelter that saves the most additional animals in that time period. That includes any adoptions, pets returned to their owners and spayed/neutered feral cats returned to managed feral cat colonies.
The ASPCA will also grant $25,000 to the shelter that most inspires and engages its community to get involved in promoting pet adoptions and reuniting lost animals with their pet parents. (The same shelter can win both big prizes!) Winners will be announced in early December 2010.
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“Unique from our other grants that fund specific programs, the ASPCA $100K Challenge is a competition to inspire creative solutions for increasing pet adoptions and improving return-to-owner rates,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “The challenge will spark innovation and draw more community support to help shelters help animals.”
MHS has many adoption events and other fun things planned over the coming months. The shelter hopes that programs and promotions in the works and those resulting from the challenge will continue to help save more lives for years to come.
Approximately five to seven million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year and approximately three to four million of those animals are euthanized due to a lack of space or resources to adequately care for them.
It’s all about helping MHS save more lives this year than last—and increasing our island’s potential to save many more lives in years to come.
“We are deeply honored and very excited to be a chosen participant in the challenge,” said MHS CEO Jocelyn Bouchard. “This is a wonderful opportunity to really show our community what we’re all about and get more animals into loving forever-homes.”