NEW YORK — Edmond Animal Welfare is among 95 animal shelters vying for slots in The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' $100,000 challenge.
Shelters from Hawaii to the U.S. Virgin Islands have been selected to compete in the qualifying heat of the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge. Contenders now must get their supporters to vote online from April 4-15.
The 50 shelters with the most votes will go on to compete for more than $300,000 in prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000.
“The idea behind the qualifying heat is to inspire communities to support their local shelters,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA. “Casting a vote for your local shelter is a way of saying, ‘We care about the animals in our community and want to help our local shelter save animals.’
"When people work together with their local shelters, more animals are saved, which has a positive impact on the entire community. Our contest provides added incentive because the public can both help save animals in their community and bring important grant dollars to their local organization.”
During the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, 50 animal shelters will compete to save at least 300 more animals — during the months of August, September, and October 2011— than they did over the same three-month period in 2010.
The shelter with the biggest increase in animals saved will win a $100,000 grant for their shelter. The agency that gets the most community members involved in saving animals will win a $25,000 grant; and those organizations that do the best in their regions will be eligible for between $5,000 and $25,000 in grants.
Fans and supporters can vote for their favorite shelter daily from April 4-15; the 50 shelters with the most votes at the end of the qualifying heat will earn a spot in the ASPCA $100K Challenge.
To vote, visit www.votetosavelives.org.
The 95 shelters in the qualifying heat of the ASPCA $100K Challenge are:
• Decatur Animal Services in Decatur, Ala.
• Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott, Ariz.
• Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
• Ramona Humane Society, Inc. in San Jacinto, Calif.
• Animal Friends of the Valleys in Wildomar, Calif.
• Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, Calif.
• Santa Barbara County Animal Services in Santa Maria, Calif.
• Butte Humane Society in Chico, Calif.
• Valley Oak SPCA in Visalia, Calif.
• Town of Apple Valley Animal Services in Apple Valley, Calif.
• Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Riverside, Calif.
• SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) in Downey, Calif.
• City of Hesperia Animal Control in Hesperia, Calif.
• City of San Bernardino Animal Control in San Bernardino , Calif.
• Meriden Humane Society in Meriden, Conn.
• Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
• Washington Humane Society in Washington, D.C.
• Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Fla.
• Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc. in Sarasota, Fla.
• Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
• Walton County Animal Services in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
• Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Fla.
• SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo, Fla.
• Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, Ga.
• Humane Society of Greater Savannah in Savannah, Ga.
• Cobb County Animal Control in Marietta, Ga.
• Oahu SPCA in Kapolei, Hawaii
• Dubuque Regional Humane Society in Dubuque, Iowa
• Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.