Posted: June 3, 2013, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Forty-nine animal shelters are competing for a $100,000 grand prize and $500,000 in grants as part of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
The contest, which began Saturday, encourages shelters to save more animals in June, July and August than they did over the same three months last year. Competing shelters last year saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011.
The top $100,000 prize will go to the shelter that achieves the greatest increase in animals saved. The shelter that engages community members the best will win $25,000. Prizes of $10,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for other achievements.
Dozens of shelters are being challenged to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into homes.
is named after celebrity cook, author and animal advocate Rachael Ray, who also produces a line of food and treats for dogs called Rachael Ray Nutrish.
The New York-based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a contest co-sponsor.
The competing shelters are:
• Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Birmingham, Ala.
• Mobile County Animal Control in Mobile, Ala.
• Western Arizona Humane Society in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
• HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Ariz.
• Butte Humane Society in Chico, Calif.
• Hesperia Animal Control and Services in Hesperia, Calif.
• Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in Moreno Valley, Calif.
• San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control in San Bernardino, Calif.
• Yolo County Sheriff's Office – Animal Services in Woodland, Calif.
• Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
• Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater, Fla.
• Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, Fla.
• Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Pasco County Animal Services – FOAS, Inc. in Land O' Lakes, Fla.
• Osceola County Animal Services in St. Cloud, Fla.
• Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, Ga.
• Humane Society for Greater Savannah in Savannah, Ga.
• Canyon County Animal Shelter in Caldwell, Idaho
• South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, Ill.
• Macon County Animal Control and Care Center in Decatur, Ill.
• Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette, Ind.
• Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa
• Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kan.
• Animal Rescue League of Boston in Boston
• Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, Mich.
• Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, Mich.
• Humane Society of Midland County in Midland, Mich.
• Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Miss.
• Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Mo.
• The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas
• Eleventh Hour Rescue in Randolph, N.J.
• Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, N.M.
• Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, N.C.
• Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee, Ohio
• Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh
• Providence Animal Rescue League in Providence, R.I.
• Anderson County P.A.W.S. in Anderson, S.C.
• Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Jurupa, S.C.
• Unicoi County Animal Shelter in Erwin, Tenn.
• Beaumont Animal Services in Beaumont, Texas
• City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services in Corpus Christi, Texas
• Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston
• Houston Humane Society in Houston
• Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas
• Salt Lake County Animal Services in Salt Lake City
• Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Sumerduck, Va.
• Virginia Beach SPCA in Virginia Beach, Va.
• Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, Wis.
• Cheyenne Animal Shelter in Cheyenne. Wyo.
The contest kicked off over the weekend with adoption events, said Bert Troughton, vice president of community outreach at ASPCA
More information is available at www.aspca.org/100K
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