Shelter Challenge News & Announcements

One Day Left To Share Your Sunshine Story

Things are wrapping up in this Shelter Challenge!  There's just one day left to share your story in the "You Are My Sunshine" story contest.  Enter today, and you could win your shelter a $1,000 grant to help animals. 

 

There are also only two weeks left in the Shelter Challenge before voting ends and the final winners are determined.  Keep voting, and good luck to everyone out there!  Here are the weekly winners to date:

 

Congratulations to all our Weekly Winners so far!

Week 1: Kitten Rescue, in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Week 2: Noah's Arks Rescue, in Okatie, SC, United States
Week 3: The Cat House on the Kings, in Parlier, CA, United States
Week 4: National Mill Dog Rescue, in Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Week 5: Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue, in Newington, VA, United States
Week 6: Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, NC, United States
Week 7: Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue, in Newville, PA, United States
Week 8: American Belgian Malinois Rescue,in York, PA, United States

 

The Weeks Are Rolling Right Along!

Congratulations to all our weekly winners so far!  Just four to go until the grand finale; happy voting.

 

Congratulations, Weekly Winners!

Week 1:  Kitten Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Week 2:  Noah's Arks Rescue, Okatie, SC, United States

Week 3:  The Cat House on the Kings, Parlier, CA, United States

Week 4:  National Mill Dog Rescue, Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Week 5:  Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue, Newington, VA, United States

Week 6:  Wake County Animal Center, Raleigh, NC, United States

Summer Dreams

Congratulations to our first story contest winners!  The "Here Comes The Sun" story contest was a great success.  We wish we could give a prize to everyone that entered - these summer tails were so much fun to read! 

 

But this is a contest, and you have voted for your top four favorites of the ten selected finalists and are eager to see the winners. So without further ado, we'd like to present the four winners of the "Here Comes The Sun" story contest:

 

1st place ($1,000 grant):  Pot Full of Bobbli, for Langley Animal Protection Society
2nd ($1,000 grant):  Sarge the Blind Husky, for NMDOG Inc.
3rd (5 "Ready, Set, Rescue" Go Paks): JB Goes on the Road, for Suncoast Basset Rescue Inc.
4th (5 "Ready, Set, Rescue" Go Paks):  Swim Pals!, for Stray Animal Adoption Program

 

Congratulations also to our fourth Weekly Winner!

Week 4:  National Mill Dog Rescue, Colorado Springs, CO, United States

 

Don't forget to share your fabulous summer story in our Summer Dreams contest to support your favorite shelter, local or otherwise.  Click here to enter, and good luck! 

 

"Here Comes The Sun" Story Contest Is Wrapping Up...

We're nearing the end of the voting period for our "Here Comes The Sun" Story Contest - and who can resist these sweet stories!  Cast your vote and share your favorite story to make a difference for your shelter today. 

 

 

Congratulations to our third Weekly Winner!

Week 3:  The Cat House On The Kings, Parlier, CA, United States

Summer Days, Drifting Away....

Cute Bulldog PupWelcome to the 2014 Summer Fun Shelter Challenge!  During the first two weeks, we've seen delightful summery stories in the first of three story contests (you can vote for the finalists today!), passionate voters making a difference for a whole new set of shelters, and more. 

 

We've also had a whole new set of questions!  Here are a few we've seen so far:

 

Q.  Is there going to be another opportunity to share my summer story?

A.  Yes!  There are three story contests during this Shelter Challenge.

 

Q.  My shelter won first in state during the last Shelter Challenge, but aren't on the state charts now.  Why?

A.  Shelters that have won first in state are not eligible for the next consecutive state contest.  This is to ensure that other shelters have the chance at that $1,000 grant.

 

Q.  Why does my shelter show up twice in the search?

A.  Sometimes shelters have an old account they didn't know about, and unintentionally register a second time.  It's usually caught by our screeners, but if the name is slightly different, we might miss it!  When we do hear about it, we take immediate action to consolidate the accounts!

 

Q.  Where can I find the Weekly Winners?

A.  The Weekly Winners are announced on the Weekly contest page every Wednesday.  We also try to list them in this blog periodically!

 

Q.  What is a Dark Horse prize?

A.  The Dark Horse prize will go to the top shelters that have not won any prize at all in 2014! 

 

Thanks for voting every day for your favorite shelter.  We hope your summer is full of furry fun!

 

Congratulations to our first two Weekly Winners!

Week 1:  Kitten Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Week 2:  Noah's Arks Rescue, Okatie, SC, United States

Ultimate Cute Shelter Challenge 2014 Winners!

We are proud to announce all of the winners from the "Ultimate Cute" Shelter Challenge!  The next Shelter Challenge voting period will begin on July 14, 2014.  Shelters will be contacted by GreaterGood.org for receipt of prizes.  Congratulations to everyone who participated; we'll be excited to see you back soon!

 

Grand Prize & Runner Up

Prize Name Prize Nominee / User Name City State Country
Grand Prize $10,000 Grant Purrfect Pals Arlington WA United States
Runner Up $3,000 Grant National Mill Dog Rescue Colorado Springs CO United States

 

Ultimate Cute! Photo Contests

Round Prize Shelter Name City State Country
Contest 1 $1,000 Grant Paws For Seniors Bealeton VA United States
Contest 1 50 Pet Beds Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc Spring Hill TN United States
Contest 1 50 Pet Beds Angel of Hope Animal Rescue Anoka MN United States
Contest 1 50 Pet Beds Kitty Devore Network San Pedro CA United States
Contest 2 $1,000 Grant West Coast Boxer Rescue La Habra CA United States
Contest 2 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of Independence County Batesville AR United States
Contest 2 50 Pet Beds Boston Terrier Rescue Canada Nottawa ON Canada
Contest 2 50 Pet Beds Second Chance Farm Granbury TX United States
Contest 3 $1,000 Grant Langley Animal Protection Society Aldergrove BC Canada
Contest 3 50 Pet Beds CATS Cradle Shelter, Inc Fargo ND United States
Contest 3 50 Pet Beds Northwest Boxer Rescue Ellensburg WA United States
Contest 3 50 Pet Beds RezQ Dogs Dodson MT United States

 

Recruiter Winners

Week # Prize Shelter Name City State Country
Week 1 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue Tehachapi CA United States
Week 2 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs West Coast Boxer Rescue La Habra CA United States
Week 3 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Purrfect Pals Arlington WA United States
Week 4 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs S.N.A.R.R. (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation) Saint Martinville LA United States
Week 5 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Second Chance Farm Granbury TX United States
Week 6 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc Spring Hill TN United States
Week 7 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Rikkis Refuge Orange VA United States
Week 8 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal House Shelter Huntley IL United States
Week 9 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY United States
Week 10 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Kansas City Pet Project Kansas City MO United States

 

Weekly Winners

Week # Prize Shelter Name City St Country
Week 1 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. St Pauls NC United States
Week 2 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds National Mill Dog Rescue Colorado Springs CO United States
Week 3 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds The Cat House on the Kings Parlier CA United States
Week 4 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Purrfect Pals Arlington WA United States
Week 5 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue Tehachapi CA United States
Week 6 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Noah's Arks Rescue Okatie SC United States
Week 7 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue Newington VA United States
Week 8 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Rikkis Refuge Orange VA United States
Week 9 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue Newville PA United States
Week 10 $500 Grant & 50 Pet Beds Northwest Boxer Rescue Ellensburg WA United States

 

State Winners

Prize Name Prize Nominee Name City State Country
State 1st $1,000 Grant Loving Companions Animal Rescue, Inc. North Pole AK United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral Fairbanks AK United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Alaska Humane Society (Adopt-a-Cat) Anchorage AK United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control Fairbanks AK United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Prattville Autauga Humane Society Prattville AL United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Weimaraner Rescue of the South Rainsville AL United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Project PURR Animal Rescue, Inc. Mobile AL United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Montgomery Humane Society Montgomery AL United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Humane Society of Independence County Batesville AR United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Wynne Friends of Animals Wynne AR United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Sebastian County Humane Society Fort Smith AR United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Feline Rescue and Rehome Little Rock AR United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary Scottsdale AZ United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs The Animal League of Green Valley Green Valley AZ United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption Tucson AZ United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Humane Society of Southern Arizona Tucson AZ United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education) Sherman Oaks CA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs West Coast Boxer Rescue La Habra CA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Westside German Shepherd Rescue of LA Los Angeles CA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds TOPCats on the Ridge Inc. Paradise CA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Roice-Hurst Humane Society Clifton CO United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs MaxFund Animal Adoption Center Denver CO United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Cat Care Society Lakewood CO United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Dumb Friends League Denver CO United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter New Haven CT United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Meriden Humane Society Meriden CT United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. Terryville CT United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds The Animal Haven Inc. North Haven CT United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Washington Animal Rescue League Washinton DC United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Washington Humane Society - Georgia Avenue Washington DC United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Washington DC United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Capital Cats Washington DC United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Forgotten Cats Inc. Greeneville DE United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs DE SPCA - Sussex Chapter Georgetown DE United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Delaware Humane Association Wilmington DE United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, Inc. Wilmington DE United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, Inc Coral Springs FL United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Beautys Haven Farm and Equine Rescue Inc. Morriston FL United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Canine Estates Inc Palm Harbor FL United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Pet Rescue by Judy Sanford FL United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Friends To The Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Inc. Dallas GA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Georgia Jack Russell Rescue Conyers GA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Good Mews Animal Foundation Marietta GA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Glynn County Animal Services Brunswick GA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant 9th Life Hawaii Makawao HI United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs The East Maui Animal Refuge Haiku HI United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary Kurtistown HI United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Joey's Feline Friends Kaneohe HI United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Harrison County Humane Society Logan IA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. Des Moines IA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa Fort Dodge IA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Denison City Pound Denison IA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Boise Bully Breed Rescue Boise ID United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Hayden ID United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Canyon County Animal Shelter Caldwell ID United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Lewis Clark Animal Shelter Lewiston ID United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Save-A-Pet Grayslake IL United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs CatNap From the Heart Inc. LaGrange Park IL United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds The Buddy Foundation Arlington Heights IL United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary German Valley IL United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Help The Animals Inc. Richmond IN United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs White River Humane Society Bedford IN United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Pet Refuge Inc. South Bend IN United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds The Litter Box Kitty Rescue, Inc. Taylorsville IN United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Helping Hands Humane Society Topeka KS United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Cat Association of Topeka Topeka KS United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Alex's House Rosalia KS United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Great Plains SPCA Merriam KS United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Lawrence County Humane Society Louisa KY United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Dumas Rescue Garrett KY United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds No Kill Louisville Louisville KY United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs Louisville KY United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Animal Aid for Vermilion Area Abbeville LA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary Roseland LA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans) New Orleans LA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK) Tioga LA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Bay State Equine Rescue, Inc. Oakham MA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Second Chance Animal Shelter East Brookfield MA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Northeast Animal Shelter Salem MA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center Springfield MA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc. Fallston MD United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Allegany County Animal Shelter Cumberland MD United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) Baltimore MD United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Cats R Us, Inc Annapolis MD United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine Inc.) Cumberland ME United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland Westbrook ME United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Ark Animal Sanctuary Houlton ME United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Second Chance Boxer Rescue - New England Woolwich ME United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Osceola County Animal Control Reed City MI United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Humane Society of Huron Valley Ann Arbor MI United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue Chesterfield MI United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds CRASH's LANDING Grand Rapids MI United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Caring for Cats Inc. North Saint Paul MN United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal Ark Hastings MN United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Peke N Chin Midwest Rescue Thief River Falls MN United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Lucky's Place Sauk Rapids MN United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant HELP Humane Society Belton MO United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs WarmFuzzy's Drexel MO United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Stray Rescue of St. Louis St. Louis MO United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Open Door Animal Sanctuary House Springs MO United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) Jackson MS United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Leflore County Humane Society Greenwood MS United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds ARF of MS Jackson MS United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Humane Society of South Mississippi Gulfport MS United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Rimrock Humane Society Roundup MT United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue Manhattan MT United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Pet Paw-see Great Falls MT United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Chelsea Bailey Butte Silver Bow Animal Shelter Butte MT United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Full Moon Farm Inc. Black Mountain NC United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs The Fort Rescue (Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center) Asheboro NC United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Feline Hope Animal Shelter Kitty Hawk NC United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Collie Rescue of the Carolinas Winston-Salem NC United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Humane Society of Richland/Wilkin Counties Wahpeton ND United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead Fargo ND United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds 4 Luv Of Dog Rescue Fargo ND United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Prairie Paws Rescue Jamestown ND United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Hearts United for Animals Auburn NE United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska Norfolk NE United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Nebraska Humane Society Omaha NE United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds The Cat House Lincoln NE United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter Manchester NH United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs New Hampshire SPCA Stratham NH United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Cocheco Valley Humane Society Dover NH United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire Bedford NH United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Rivers Edge Horse Rescue & Sanctuary Newton NJ United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc. Colesville NJ United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc Oakland NJ United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Popcorn Park / AHS-Forked River Forked River NJ United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Whisketeers' Kitty Kingdom Clovis NM United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Animal Humane New Mexico Albuquerque NM United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds NMDOG Inc. Rio Rancho NM United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Fat Katz Inc. Albuquerque NM United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Las Vegas NV United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Douglas Animal Welfare Group Gardnerville NV United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds SPCA of Northern Nevada Reno NV United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) Las Vegas NV United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant ABC Basset Hound Rescue Cheektowaga NY United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Pomona NY United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Little Shelter Animal Rescue Huntington NY United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Fairport NY United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Friendship Animal Protective League Elyria OH United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Cat Welfare Association Columbus OH United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Sierra's Haven For New and Used Pets Portsmouth OH United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs Cleveland OH United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Second Chance Animal Sanctuary Norman OK United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Pets & People Humane Society Yukon OK United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Tulsa SPCA Tulsa OK United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Oklahoma Westie Rescue Bixby OK United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Coos County Animal Shelter Coos Bay OR United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Greenhill Humane Society Eugene OR United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Willamette Humane Society Salem OR United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Cat Adoption Team Sherwood OR United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Airedale Rescue & Adoption of the Delaware Valley Upper Black Eddy PA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Reinholds PA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania Inc Pittsburgh PA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Humane Society of Harrisburg Area - East Shore Harrisburg PA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Providence Animal Rescue LEague Providence RI United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs PawsWatch Newport RI United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Rhode Island SPCA Riverside RI United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary Woonsocket RI United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Humane Society of McCormick County McCormick SC United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Carolina Poodle Rescue Pacolet SC United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Paws To The Rescue at MCAS Mullins SC United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Sav-R-Cats Surfside Beach SC United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Oglala Pet Project Kyle SD United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Beadle County Humane Society Huron SD United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of the Black Hills Rapid City SD United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Sioux Empire Pit Bull Rescue,inc Sioux Falls SD United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc Spring Hill TN United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Pets Without Parents Shelter Seviervilee TN United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Carroll County Humane Society McKenzie TN United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Humane Society of Warren County Smartt TN United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Second Chance Farm Granbury TX United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Wichita County Humane Society Wichita Falls TX United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Corridor Rescue Houston TX United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds DFW Pug Rescue Grapevine TX United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Utah Friends of Basset Hounds Salt Lake City UT United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Companion Golden Retriever Rescue West Jordan UT United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of Utah Murray UT United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) Salt Lake City UT United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Southside SPCA Meherrin VA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Paws For Seniors Bealeton VA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Arlington VA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. Sterling VA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant TARPS (The Animal Rescue and Protection Society) Chester VT United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Rutland County Humane Society Pittsford VT United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Addison County Humane Society Middlebury VT United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Windham County Humane Society Brattleboro VT United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Greyhound Pets, Inc. Woodinville WA United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Old Dog Haven Arlington WA United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Yakima Humane Society Yakima WA United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Pasados Safe Haven Sultan WA United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Sauk County Humane Society Baraboo WI United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs South Wood County Humane Society Wisconsin Rapids WI United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Columbia County Humane Society Portage WI United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary Inc. Marion WI United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant Big Dogs Rescue Hacker Valley WV United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Little Victories Animal Rescue Group, Inc Ona WV United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Briggs Animal Adoption Center Charles Town WV United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds P.U.R.R. West Virginia Grafton WV United States
State 1st $1,000 Grant The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary Hartville WY United States
State 2nd 5 Ready, Set, Rescue Go-Packs Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter Inc. Sheridan WY United States
State 3rd 50 Pet Beds Cheyenne Animal Shelter Cheyenne WY United States
State 4th 25 Pet Beds Red Desert Humane Society Rock Springs WY United States

 

Canada

Prize Name Prize Name Shelter Name City State Country
Canada $1,000 Grant Boston Terrier Rescue Canada Nottawa ON Canada

 

U.S. Territories

Prize Name Prize Value Shelter Name City State Country
U.S. Territories $1,000 Grant Save A Sato san juan PR United States

 

International

Prize Name Prize Value Shelter Name City State Country
International Prize $1,000 Grant Dogs in Brazil Teresopolis Rio de Janeiro Brazil

 

Last Chance To Enter The Cute Competition!

Think your rescued pet photo has what it takes to be the cream of the crop, the darling of the internet, the cutest of the cute?  We dare you to prove it.  There's just one chance left to enter the "Ultimate Cute" Photo Contest.  And you know you want to!

 

Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, June 17th.  On June 18, we'll select just 10 cuties as finalists, and voting will begin on Thursday, June 19.   We're looking for some mighty adorable rescued pets, like this little guy from Cat House On The Kings.  Watch out for those imploring kitten eyes - they're tough to beat! 

 

Best of luck to all participants.  Enter your photo today to help your shelter!

 

And congratulations to our Weekly and Recuriter winners for week 7 - both from the lovely state of Virginia.

 

Week 7

Weekly Winner:  Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue , located in Newington, VA, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Rikkis Refuge, located in Orange, VA, United States

 

More Incredible Cuteness To Vote For!

 

Finalist by Jessica for Big Dogs Rescue

Just a short time to vote for more cuteness in the Ultimate Cute Photo Contest #2.  You know you want to see all 10 adorable finalists, and vote for your favorite!  Then go complete your daily vote for your shelter in the Shelter Challenge.  It's not over until it's over, and your shelter still has an excellent chance at a prize.

 

The last Ultimate Cute Photo Contest will begin accepting submissions on Thursday, June 5th.  Get your favorite photo ready to support your shelter!

 

And there's always our list of Weekly Winners and Recruiter Winners, growing every week. Weekly Winners will each receive a $500 grant to help animals and 50 pet beds.  Recruiter Winners will each receive 5 "Ready, Set, Rescue" Go Paks.

 

Week 6

Weekly Winner:  Noah's Arks Rescue, located in Okatie, SC, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc, located in Spring Hill, TN, United States

 

Week 5

Weekly Winner:  Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, located in Tehachapi, CA, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Second Chance Farm, located in Granbury, TX, United States

 

Week 4

Weekly Winner:  Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA, United States

Recruiter Winner:  S.N.A.R.R. (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation), located in Saint Martinville, LA, United States

 

Week 3

Weekly Winner: The Cat House on the Kings, located in Parlier, CA, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA, United States 

 

Week 2

Weekly Winner:  National Mill Dog Rescue, located in Colorado, CO, United States

Recruiter Winner:  West Coast Boxer Rescue, located in La Habra, CA, United States

 

Week 1

Weekly Winner:  Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc., located in St Pauls, NC, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, located in Tehachapi, CA, United States

 

 

 

Paws For Seniors Wins "Ultimate Cute" Photo Contest #1

PeachesThe winner of the first "Ultimate Cute" photo contest is an adorable senior chihuahua with a face as sweet as her name.  Paws for Seniors, located in Bealton, VA, will receive the first-place prize of a $1,000 grant to help animals.  Brenda, who entered the photo, shares this darling pup's story:

 

Peaches was surrendered to a shelter when her owners could no longer care for her.  She was rescued by Paws For Seniors, and since she was 11 years old, they knew the chances for adoption were against her.  But because of this picture and her sweet personality, she soon found a forever home, where she will live out her years with dignity and all the love and care she can imagine.

 

Who could look at that photo and not love her on principle?  The runners up were incredibly cute as well.  Congratulations to these three shelters, which will each receive 50 pet beds for giving Peaches a run for her money - and the rest of us another smile and involuntary moment of "awwwww!"

 

 

--------------- Runners Up ---------------


Spud, by Jamie, for
Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc

Spidey, by Mari, for
Angel of Hope Animal Rescue

Grace, by Jenny, for
Kitty Devore Network

 

One More Day To Vote For The First Ultimate Cute Photo Champion!

Just one more day to vote for your favorite "Ultimate Cute" Photo Contest #1 finalist!  :)

 

Spidey
by Mari, for Angel of Hope Animal Rescue.
Peppermint Patty
by Beth, for Bella Reed Pit Bull Rescue.
"Manny"
by Karin, for Bay State Equine Rescue, Inc.
Simba
by Vicki, for Nova Rottweiler Rescue
Apollonia
for HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine Inc.)e
Albert
by Mary, for C.A.R.E. aka: Cat/Canine Assistance, Referral & Education.
Grace
by Jenny, for Kitty Devore Network.
Peaches
by Brenda, for Paws For Seniors.
Trixie
by Keisha, for The Litter Box Kitty Rescue, Inc.
Spud
by Jamie, for Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc.

 

We would also like to congratulate our Weeky and Recruiter winners so far!  Our Weekly Winners will each receive a $500 grant to help animals and 50 pet beds.  Our Recruiter Winners will each recieve 5 "Ready, Set, Rescue" Go Paks.

 

Week 1

Weekly Winner:  Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc., located in St Pauls, NC, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, located in Tehachapi, CA, United States

 

Week 2

Weekly Winner:  National Mill Dog Rescue, located in Colorado, CO, United States

Recruiter Winner:  West Coast Boxer Rescue, located in La Habra, CA, United States

 

Week 3

Weekly Winner: The Cat House on the Kings, located in Parlier, CA, United States

Recruiter Winner:  Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA, United States 

 

And the 2014 Celebrations Shelter Challenge Winners Are....

Congratulations to all of the shelters that won prizes during our first Shelter Challenge of 2014!  This is the official list of all winners.

 

Grand Prize

Prize Shelter Name City State
Grand Prize Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. St Pauls NC

 

Story Prizes

Prize Shelter Name City State
Celebrate Joy! Story Grand Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, Inc Coral Springs FL
Celebrate Joy! Story Second Carolina Poodle Rescue Pacolet SC
Celebrate Joy! Story Third Willamette Humane Society Salem OR
Celebrate Love! Story Grand Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association (part of GCRS) Golden BC
Celebrate Love! Story Second Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY
Celebrate Love! Story Third MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter McCall ID
Celebrate Humor! Story Grand American Belgian Malinois Rescue York PA
Celebrate Humor! Story Second ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education) Sherman Oaks CA
Celebrate Humor! Story Third Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY
Celebrate Family! Story Grand Humane Society of Independence County Batesville AR
Celebrate Family! Story Second Feline Rescue Inc. Saint Paul MN
Celebrate Family! Story Third Humane Society of Huron Valley Ann Arbor MI

 

Weekly Prizes

Prize Shelter Name City State
$1,000 Grant Langley Animal Protection Society Aldergrove BC
$1,000 Grant Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. St Pauls NC
$1,000 Grant Noah's Arks Rescue Okatie SC
$1,000 Grant Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, Inc Coral Springs FL
$1,000 Grant ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education) Sherman Oaks CA
$1,000 Grant The Cat House on the Kings Parlier CA
$1,000 Grant Pack Ethic Rescue Inc. Sprakers NY
$1,000 Grant Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue Newington VA
$1,000 Grant Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary Scottsdale AZ
$1,000 Grant NMDOG Inc. Rio Rancho NM
$1,000 Grant National Mill Dog Rescue Colorado Springs CO
$1,000 Grant Boise Bully Breed Rescue Boise ID

 

Recruiter Prizes

Prize Shelter Name City State
100 vaccinations Langley Animal Protection Society Aldergrove BC
100 vaccinations Heavenly Creatures St Johns NL
100 vaccinations The Fort Rescue (Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center) Asheboro NC
100 vaccinations Pack Ethic Rescue Inc. Sprakers NY
100 vaccinations Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, Inc Coral Springs FL
100 vaccinations Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY
100 vaccinations S.N.A.R.R. (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation) Saint Martinville LA
100 vaccinations Morrow County Dog Shelter Mount Gilead OH
100 vaccinations Griffin Pond Animal Shelter South Abington Twp PA
100 vaccinations Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY
100 vaccinations Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Ark. Texarkana AR
100 vaccinations Rikkis Refuge Orange VA

 

Regional Winners: U.S. States

Please note: Weekly Winners are not eligible for regional prizes.

Prize Shelter Name City State
First Place: $1,000 Friends of Pets Anchorage AK
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral Fairbanks AK
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Loving Companions Animal Rescue, Inc. North Pole AK
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Alaska Humane Society (Adopt-a-Cat) Anchorage AK
First Place: $1,000 Humane Society of Elmore County Wetumpka AL
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Weimaraner Rescue of the South Rainsville AL
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Lake Martin Animal Shelter Alexander City AL
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue Clay AL
First Place: $1,000 Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Ark. Texarkana AR
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Humane Society of Independence County Batesville AR
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Feline Rescue and Rehome Little Rock AR
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Sebastian County Humane Society Fort Smith AR
First Place: $1,000 National Airedale Rescue, Inc. Tucson AZ
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations The Animal League of Green Valley Green Valley AZ
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of Southern Arizona Tucson AZ
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption Tucson AZ
First Place: $1,000 Leave No Paws Behind, Inc Sun Valley CA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Westside German Shepherd Rescue of LA Los Angeles CA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue Tehachapi CA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds TOPCats on the Ridge Inc. Paradise CA
First Place: $1,000 Every Creature Counts Fort Lupton CO
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations MaxFund Animal Adoption Center Denver CO
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Cat Care Society Lakewood CO
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Roice-Hurst Humane Society Clifton CO
First Place: $1,000 Stratford Animal Rescue Society Stratford CT
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Meriden Humane Society Meriden CT
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. Terryville CT
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds The Animal Haven Inc. North Haven CT
First Place: $1,000 Alley Cat Allies Bethesda DC
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Washington Animal Rescue League Washinton DC
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Washington Humane Society - Georgia Avenue Washington DC
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Washington DC
First Place: $1,000 Pit Bull Pride of Delaware Newark DE
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Forgotten Cats Inc. Greeneville DE
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Response-a-Bull Rescue Wilmington DE
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds DE SPCA - Sussex Chapter Georgetown DE
First Place: $1,000 Suncoast Basset Rescue Inc. Gainesville FL
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Canine Estates Inc Palm Harbor FL
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Beautys Haven Farm and Equine Rescue Inc. Morriston FL
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Pet Rescue by Judy Sanford FL
First Place: $1,000 Fighting for Dawn Atlanta GA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Georgia Jack Russell Rescue Conyers GA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Helping Hands Humane Society Incorporated Crawfordville GA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Macon Purrs N Paws Macon GA
First Place: $1,000 AdvoCATS Hawaii Kailua Kona HI
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations The East Maui Animal Refuge Haiku HI
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds 9th Life Hawaii Makawao HI
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary Kurtistown HI
First Place: $1,000 Des Moines County Humane Society Burlington IA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Harrison County Humane Society Logan IA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. Des Moines IA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Denison City Pound Denison IA
First Place: $1,000 Pocatello Animal Shelter Pocatello ID
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Canyon County Animal Shelter Caldwell ID
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Hayden ID
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Lewis Clark Animal Shelter Lewiston ID
First Place: $1,000 Animal House Shelter Huntley IL
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Humane Society of Monroe County Waterloo IL
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Save-A-Pet Grayslake IL
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds The Buddy Foundation Arlington Heights IL
First Place: $1,000 Our Lil Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary Poland IN
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations White River Humane Society Bedford IN
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Help The Animals Inc. Richmond IN
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Pet Refuge Inc. South Bend IN
First Place: $1,000 Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption Mission KS
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Atchison Animal Control Atchison KS
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Helping Hands Humane Society Topeka KS
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Great Plains SPCA Merriam KS
First Place: $1,000 Stray Animal Adoption Program Newport KY
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Lawrence County Humane Society Louisa KY
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Animal Care Society Inc Louisville KY
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds No Kill Louisville Louisville KY
First Place: $1,000 S.N.A.R.R. (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation) Saint Martinville LA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Animal Aid for Vermilion Area Abbeville LA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK) Tioga LA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans) New Orleans LA
First Place: $1,000 Dakin Humane Society Springfield MA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Second Chance Animal Shelter East Brookfield MA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Northeast Animal Shelter Salem MA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center Springfield MA
First Place: $1,000 Days End Farm Horse Rescue Woodbine MD
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Allegany County Animal Shelter Cumberland MD
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) Baltimore MD
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc. Fallston MD
First Place: $1,000 The Pixel Fund Gorham ME
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine Inc.) Cumberland ME
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Somerset Humane Society Skowhegan ME
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland Westbrook ME
First Place: $1,000 Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter Negaunee MI
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Detroit Animal Welfare Group-Dawg Macomb MI
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of Huron Valley Ann Arbor MI
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds CRASH's LANDING Grand Rapids MI
First Place: $1,000 Feline Rescue Inc. Saint Paul MN
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota Minnetonka MN
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Peke N Chin Midwest Rescue Thief River Falls MN
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Animal Ark Hastings MN
First Place: $1,000 Kansas City Pet Project Kansas City MO
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations WarmFuzzy's Drexel MO
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Stray Rescue of St. Louis St. Louis MO
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue-Springfield Springfield MO
First Place: $1,000 Tunica Humane Society Tunica MS
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Leflore County Humane Society Greenwood MS
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) Jackson MS
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds ARF of MS Jackson MS
First Place: $1,000 RezQ Dogs Dodson MT
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Rimrock Humane Society Roundup MT
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue Manhattan MT
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Pet Paw-see Great Falls MT
First Place: $1,000 Wake County Animal Center Raleigh NC
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations The Fort Rescue (Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center) Asheboro NC
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Full Moon Farm Inc. Black Mountain NC
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Carteret County Humane Society Newport NC
First Place: $1,000 CATS Cradle Shelter, Inc Fargo ND
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Humane Society of Richland/Wilkin Counties Wahpeton ND
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead Fargo ND
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds 4 Luv Of Dog Rescue Fargo ND
First Place: $1,000 Start Over Rover Inc. Hastings NE
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Hearts United for Animals Auburn NE
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Nebraska Humane Society Omaha NE
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska Norfolk NE
First Place: $1,000 Rolling Dog Farm Lancaster NH
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter Manchester NH
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds New Hampshire SPCA Stratham NH
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Cocheco Valley Humane Society Dover NH
First Place: $1,000 The Last Resort Animal Rescue West Milford NJ
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Rivers Edge Horse Rescue & Sanctuary Newton NJ
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Popcorn Park / AHS-Forked River Forked River NJ
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc. Colesville NJ
First Place: $1,000 Watermelon Mountain Ranch Rio Rancho NM
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Stray Hearts Animal Shelter Taos NM
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Animal Humane New Mexico Albuquerque NM
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Fat Katz Inc. Albuquerque NM
First Place: $1,000 Nevada Humane Society Reno NV
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Las Vegas NV
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Douglas Animal Welfare Group Gardnerville NV
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) Las Vegas NV
First Place: $1,000 Companion Animal Placement Program Delmar NY
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Pomona NY
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Another Chance Pet Rescue Rochester NY
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Little Shelter Animal Rescue Huntington NY
First Place: $1,000 Morrow County Dog Shelter Mount Gilead OH
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Friendship Animal Protective League Elyria OH
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Cat Welfare Association Columbus OH
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Sierra's Haven For New and Used Pets Portsmouth OH
First Place: $1,000 Hands Helping Paws, Inc. Norman OK
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Pets & People Humane Society Yukon OK
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Oklahoma Westie Rescue Bixby OK
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Tulsa SPCA Tulsa OK
First Place: $1,000 Rogue Valley Humane Society Grants Pass OR
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Willamette Humane Society Salem OR
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Greenhill Humane Society Eugene OR
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds BrightSide Animal Center Redmond OR
First Place: $1,000 American Belgian Malinois Rescue York PA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue Newville PA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Reinholds PA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Griffin Pond Animal Shelter South Abington Twp PA
First Place: $1,000 Pet Refuge North Kingstown RI
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Providence Animal Rescue LEague Providence RI
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds PawsWatch Newport RI
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Rhode Island SPCA Riverside RI
First Place: $1,000 Kitten Action Team Inc. Fountain Inn SC
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Carolina Poodle Rescue Pacolet SC
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of McCormick County McCormick SC
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Sav-R-Cats Surfside Beach SC
First Place: $1,000 Northern Plains Boxer Rescue Vermillion SD
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Beadle County Humane Society Huron SD
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of the Black Hills Rapid City SD
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Oglala Pet Project Kyle SD
First Place: $1,000 Basenji Rescue and Transport GERMANTOWN TN
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Pets Without Parents Shelter Seviervilee TN
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Dogs In Harmony Winchester TN
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Carroll County Humane Society McKenzie TN
First Place: $1,000 Bark n Rest Retirement Center Azle TX
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Chance's Haven Gainesville TX
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Second Chance Farm Granbury TX
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Wichita County Humane Society Wichita Falls TX
First Place: $1,000 Best Friends Animal Society Kanab UT
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Utah Friends of Basset Hounds Salt Lake City UT
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Companion Golden Retriever Rescue West Jordan UT
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Utah Animal Adoption Center Salt Lake City UT
First Place: $1,000 Rikkis Refuge Orange VA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Paws For Seniors Bealeton VA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. Sterling VA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Southside SPCA Meherrin VA
First Place: $1,000 All Breed Rescue, Inc South Burlington VT
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations TARPS (The Animal Rescue and Protection Society) Chester VT
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Kingdom Animal Shelter, Inc St. Johnsbury VT
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Rutland County Humane Society Pittsford VT
First Place: $1,000 Northwest Boxer Rescue Ellensburg WA
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Yakima Humane Society Yakima WA
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Greyhound Pets, Inc. Woodinville WA
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Purrfect Pals Arlington WA
First Place: $1,000 Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue Kenosha WI
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations South Wood County Humane Society Wisconsin Rapids WI
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Sauk County Humane Society Baraboo WI
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Columbia County Humane Society Portage WI
First Place: $1,000 Humane Society of Raleigh County Inc. Beckley WV
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Little Victories Animal Rescue Group, Inc Ona WV
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds Humane Society of Parkersburg Parkersburg WV
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds P.U.R.R. West Virginia Grafton WV
First Place: $1,000 Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue Sheridan WY
Second Place: 100 Vaccinations Animal Humane Association of Star Valley Thayne WY
Third Place: 50 Pet Beds The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary Hartville WY
Honorable Mention: 25 Pet Beds Cheyenne Animal Shelter Cheyenne WY

 

U.S. Territories

Please note: Weekly Winners are not eligible for regional prizes.

Prize Shelter Name City State
U.S. Territories Animal Care Center of St. John St John VI

 

Canada

Please note: Weekly Winners are not eligible for regional prizes.

Prize Shelter Name City State
Canada S.A.I.N.T.S. Mission BC

 

International

Please note: Weekly Winners are not eligible for regional prizes.

Prize Shelter Name City State
International Tierra de Animales AC Cancun MX

 

Family Fun Has Begun! Join In Today...

Can a story give your shelter a chance at a $1,000 grant?  Why, yes.  Here's part of Melissa's story.  Check it out, and share yours today! 

 

"After two visits, I knew I couldn't leave her at the shelter anymore. So I set up dates for her to meet our other dogs and my husband... and then we just brought her home. She's fit into our little pack as though she's always been there."  Melissa, for Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA).

 

Click here to read more of her story!

 

 

We would also like to congratulate our week 10 winners:

 

Weekly Winner: 

Shelter Name: NMDOG Inc.

Located in: Rio Rancho, NM, United States

 

Recruiter WInner: 

Shelter Name: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Located in: Newport, KY, United States


 

It's All About Forever Families...

There is just one chance remaining during this Shelter Challenge to enter your awesome rescue story for a chance to win a $1,000 grant for your shelter: the Celebrate Family! Story Contest.  In this contest, we celebrate the amazing experience of becoming a "forever family" for a rescued pet.  Please remember to keep things clean - stories that include graphic description or photo of pain or suffering will be disqualified and even removed entirely.  We can't wait to ready your family's story - share it today!

 

We would also like to congratulate the winners for week nine:

Weekly:  Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary, located in Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Recruiter:  Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, located in South Abington Twp, PA, United States

 

And winners of the Celebrate Humor! Story Contest:

First place, receiving a $1,000 grant:  American Belgian Malinois Rescue
Runners up, each receiving 50 pet beds:  ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education), and  Stray Animal Adoption Program

 

Thanks to everyone for participating!

 


P.S. - Shelters!  You can now link directly to the story contest page.

Sit! Laugh! Then vote!

We all know that our rescued pets do some seriously funny things.  Who hasn't caught one on camera making a hilarious face, or investigated a strange noise in the house late at night - only to find an unexpected giggle lurking around the corner?

 

These 10 stories have something in common - they're here to make you laugh.  Read, laugh, and then vote for your favorite to help a shelter win a grant to help rescue more animals!  Here they are:  our Celebrate Humor! Story Contest finalists.

 

Stormin' Norman!
by Bridget, for Stray Animal Adoption Program
Ollie Pop Pantalonies
by Keisha, for The Litter Box Kitty Rescue, Inc.
Over The Rail
by Karen, for Humane Society of Elmore County
Princess Mica and the Evil Bananas
by Heather, for American Belgian Malinois Rescue
"Brother & Sister" Bandits
by John, for Friends of MI Animals Rescue
One For Me... One For You
by Erin, for Humane Society of Parkersburg
Up Up And Away
by Nancy, for Canine Estates Inc
Doberman Madison, the Car Mechanic
by Pat, for Doberman Rescue of Nevada
Percival "Power Paws"
by Teresa, for ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education)
Wilber the Wimp
by Debra, for His Hands Extended Sanctuary

 

We would also like to congratulate our Weeky and Recruiter winners for week eight:

Weekly:  Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue, located in Newington, VA, United States.

Recruiter:  Morrow County Dog Shelter, located in Mount Gilead, OH, United States

Many Opportunities To Win

Just a few more days to share your story celebrating humor  - and give your shelter a chance to win a $1000 grant to help animals.  Enter the Celebrate Humor! Story Contest today.

 

Two more lucky shelters won prizes during week 7.  We'd like to congratulate our Weekly and Recruiter winners, listed below!

 

Weekly:  Pack Ethic Rescue Inc., located in Sprakers, NY, United States

Recruiter:  S.N.A.R.R. (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation), located in Saint Martinville, LA, United states

Weekly Winner:  Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort Inc, Coral Springs, FL, United States
Recruiter Winner:  Pack Ethic Rescue Inc., Sprakers, NY, United States - See more at: http://www.shelterchallenge.com/news#sthash.4ni6V599.dpufWeekly: 

Celebrating Love, Humor, and Weekly Winners

Today, we'd like to congratulate winners from several contests in recent weeks, and invite you to join their ranks. 

 

Winning StoryThe Celebrate Love! Story Contest concluded and we're happy to announce the winners.  The $1,000 grant prize goes to Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association (part of GCRS), for the story How to Get Your Mojo Back by Karen.  Stray Animal Adoption Program and MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter were both close runners up, and each will receive a prize of 50 pet beds.

 

Your shelter has two more chances to win one of these prizes, and is relying on you to help them participate!  Right now, you can share your favorite funny story about your rescued pet here, in our Celebreate Humor! Story Contest.  Your shelter will be eligible for the winning $1,000 grant to help animals.  Enter today!

 

We're also happy to announce Weekly and Recruiter Winners from weeks 5 & 6!  Warmest congratulations to:

 

Weekly Winners:
Week 5: ARME Beagle Freedom Project (Animal Rescue Media & Education), located in Sherman Oaks, CA, United States
Week 6: The Cat House on the Kings, located in Parlier, CA, United States.

 

Recruiter Winners:
Week 5: Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort, Inc, located in Coral Springs, FL, United State, United States
Week 6: Stray Animal Adoption Program, located in Newport, KY, United States.

 

 

 

Celebrate Love! Story Contest: Enter By February 7th!

OpheliaWe'd like to remind you all that just a couple of days remain to submit your "Celebrate Love!" story of rescue.  We have some wonderful stories in the queue so far, including For the Love of Ophelia, by Jennifer.  Ophelia is a lovable elderly dog that Jennifer's family fostered for Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK).

Any little improvement was a great celebration in our house and we made sure Ophelia knew that she was loved and special.  After a trip to the vet we got some special shampoo and a mostly clean bill of health.  She had a heart murmur and was at least 13 years old. 

 

Click here to enjoy the rest of the story, and then enter your own!

The story prize, given to the shelter represented by the winning story, is a $1,000 grant to help animals.   Don't forget, to enter, you'll need a Shelter Challenge account, and to select a shelter to support.  Be sure to get your story in before Friday, February 7th, when 10 finalists will be chosen.  Then voting will begin on Saturday, February 8th - the perfect way to kick off the week of Valentine's Day.

 

Congratulations to the prize winners for the fourth week of the first 2014 Shelter Challenge!
Weekly Winner:  Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort Inc, Coral Springs, FL, United States
Recruiter Winner:  Pack Ethic Rescue Inc., Sprakers, NY, United States

Your Chance To Shine: Celebrate Love! Story Contest

How to Get Your Mojo Back, by Karen, for Little Mittens Animal Rescue AssociationWe're looking forward to a sweet Valentine's Day with our "Celebrate Love" themed story contest.  Share your story about the wonderful relationships that begin with that special rescue, and you could win a $1,000 grant for your shelter!

 

We would also like to congratulate our winners for the third week of this contest.

Weekly Winner:  Noah's Arks Rescue, in Okatie, SC, United States

Recruiter Winner:  The Fort Rescue (Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center), Asheboro, NC, United States

 

Congratulations as well to the story contest winners from the Celebrate Joy! Story Contest:

First Place:  Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort Inc, for A New Life,

Runner Up:  Carolina Poodle Rescue, for Our Beautiful Beau!

Runner Up:  Willamette Humane Society , for Emma's Story

 

Nicely done, all.  Don't forget to keep your eye on the grand prize - vote every day to help your shelter win that $5,000 grant!

 

Celebrate Joy & Vote For Your Favorite!

The Recruiter Winner and Weekly Winner for week 2 have been announced!  Please congratulate:

Weekly Winner:  Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc, of St Pauls, NC, United States.

Recruiter Winner:  Heavenly Creatures, of St. Johns, NL, Canada.

 

Meanwhile, the 10 fabulous Celebrate Joy Story Contest finalists are raking in the votes.  These fabulous "tails" are well worth reading, and voting for your favorite.  Every vote counts - and you're helping a shelter in need!  Read the full stories by clicking the images below.  Then, click the purple "back" button to see the list and vote for your favorites!

 

Emma

Emma:

 

No rescue would take her. "A Pit Bull with a skin condition is not considered an adoptable pet." While she quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite, and while many other dogs were adopted, Emma was not...

Evan

Evan:

 

When I shower, he waits on the edge of the tub. Sometimes, I look down and there he is, soaked to the bone. He has an obsession with a turquoise shoe string. He carries it, growling as he struts through the house...

Beau

Beautiful Beau:

 

Our beautiful Beau is always happy and full of joy! He loves to snuggle on the couch with us and watch a good movie. Beau is a rescue dog that we adopted. He was found living in an abandoned home with other dogs...

Aww-liver

Aww-liver:

 

Renken and his raggedy fur didn't seem to get anyone's attention. My husband immediately called him Oliver because the kitten's white-tipped toes and soot-grey flanks reminded him of Oliver Twist. So, here is Oliver!

Carson

Carson:

 

He loves to eat, chew his treats, and go for walks. He is madly in love with Raindance, one of our female dogs. He pretty much runs the show! Carson is a great example of how almost no animal is a hopeless case...

Enrique Furglesias

Enrique Furglesias:

 

I knew they were meant to be. We wanted to give him an epic name, so we came up with Enrique Furglesias (we call him Ricky) and brought him home where he spent a good two weeks hiding underneath our bathroom sink...

Baby Girl

Baby Girl:

 

A little girl who volunteers at our shelter, 8 year old Anna Earl, took interest in Baby Girl immediately. She was concerned about her sadness, and her adoptability. So Anna began visiting Baby Girl every day...

She

Greatness:

 

When I came across a picture of a cow-printed kitten with enormous ears, I was too smitten to turn away. I went to the shelter, also trying to be fair and view others. No matter what, I kept coming back to her...

Simon

Simon:

 

Simon was a dog SHARE pulled from Miami Dade shelter. He had been living on the streets for years. He finally learned what it was like not only to be loved but to finally be able to offer his love too...

Granny

Granny:

 

I often wondered how an old blind cat could get so far out into the desert, and how long she had survived with coyotes all around her. Granny taught my family how important it is to not look the other way...

 

Weekly Winner, Exciting Stories

Aww-liver by DarleneIn an exciting start to the 2014 Celebrations Shelter Challenge, we've seen amazing work by shelters getting the word out to vote every day, fantastic stories shared in the Celebrate Joy story contest, and shelter names old and new moving up and down in the rankings. 

 

We'd like to congratulate Langley Animal Protection Society, in Aldergrove, BC, Canada on being the first Weekly Winner and Recruiter Winner of 2014!  In this new year, all registered shelters are eligible for all prizes, and Langley Animal Protection Society and all of their amazing supporters have proven that communication is the key to success.

 

There are just two days left to submit your story in the Celebrate Joy story contest, making your shelter eligible for the $1,000 grant prize!  Please remember that stories that include graphic descriptions or images of suffering, neglect, pain, or violence will not be considered, and may be removed entirely.  We're looking for stories that inspire, share joy, and that showcase the wonderful relationships that rescuing animals can build and nurture.  Sign in and share your story today.  Finalist selection will occur on Friday, January 17, and voting will begin the next day. 

 

Good luck, everyone!

 

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