Western PA Humane Society (WPHS) and 48 other shelters nationwide are preparing for the kickoff of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge this Saturday, June 1.
Western PA Humane Society will feature adoption specials, prizes and more at both their Fallen Timber shelter in Elizabeth and their North Shore shelter in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
The 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a national competition to inspire animal shelters to go above and beyond to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals’ lives. A total of $600,000 in prize grants are up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.
The 49 contestants will work to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2013 than they did over the same three-month period in 2012. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011.
“Starting at midnight tonight and continuing through the weekend, shelters in 30 states and territories across this country will kick off their run in the contest with major adoption events,” says Bert Troughton, vice president of Community Outreach at the ASPCA. “If you’re thinking about making a pet a part of your family, there is no better time than right now to head to your nearest contestant and help them be a part of this record-breaking year of saving lives.”
The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.
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 more information about the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, visit http://www.aspca.org/100K.