Shelters and rescue groups will have eight weeks to win one or more of the 249 prizes in the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge. Voting begins October 28 and ends December 22.
Because voting ends on December 22, the final announcement of Grand Prize and other winners not previously announced will be made on December 27.
Groups who have not yet registered for the Shelter Challenge (i.e. did not appear in the Summer 2013 voting database) can still register at any time before or during the Winter 2013 Challenge. Registration must be done by an official representative of the group and organizations must provide all the information requested on the registration page to have their listing activated. See Shelter Registration for more information.
The Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge Prizes include of $100,000 in cash grants, 5,100 vaccinations, and 3,825 pet beds. These will be awarded as:
Grand Prize: $10,000**
Second Place (Overall): $2,000**
Nine (9) Photo Grand Prizes: $1,000 each
Twelve (12) Photo Runner-Up Prizes: $500 each
Eight (8) Weekly Prizes: $1,000 each
Eight (8) Recruiter Prizes: $1,000 each
Fifty-one (51) State Prizes: $1,000 each*
Two (2) Canada Prize: $1,000*
Two (2) U.S. Organized Territories & Presidential Republics: $1,000*
Two (2) International: $1,000*
Fifty-one (51) State Second Place: 100 Vaccinations each*
Fifty-one (51) State Third Place: 50 Unreal Lambskin Pet Beds each*
Fifty-one (51) State Honorable Mention: 25 Unreal Lambskin Pet Beds each*
Weekly winners, some recruiter, and photo prizes will be announced each Wednesday during the Winter 2013 Challenge (no announcements will be made on Dec. 25).
*These prizes are considered regional prizes and subject to the restrictions for regional prizes found in the Rules. In Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge, regional prizes may not be won by weekly prize winners nor Summer 2013 Regional First Place winners. Summer 2013 First Place Regional Winners may still win Grand Prize, Second Place, Weekly, Recruiter, or Photo prizes if they are registered for the Winter 2013 Challenge. If you were a regional winner in the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge, your group will not show up in the regional standings on the Current Standings chart.
**Previous Grand Prize winners in 2013 are not eligible for Grand Prize or Second Place for Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge, but may still win other categories for their region, Weekly, Recruiter, or Photo prizes if they are registered for the Challenge.
Remember any bunny could be a winner if you remember to vote and tell your friends!