The Animal Rescue Site’s popular Shelter Challenge relaunched in June with a completely new look and feel driven by user suggestions and comments. Now organizations and their supporters can have greater control over how their group or shelter is presented and sharing their “voting page” at the Challenge.
In the new Challenge, anyone can create their own account page and use it to remember what group they are voting for. They can also share this information more easily with friends via social media groups such as Facebook and Twitter.
Shelters and rescue groups can also create their own pages, with more information about their group, through the “Shelter Registration” page. Any organization with a valid Tax ID (501c3, Municipal Shelter EIN, and international equivalent only) can create a page now and win Challenge grants.
To test the new Challenge website, The Animal Rescue Site is sponsoring a short “Doggy Paddle” Challenge lasting only two weeks (June 5 to June 18). Five $1,000 grants will be awarded to the top five vote-getters. Participants can use this Challenge to “get their paws wet” as administrators put it and give feed back on the new features. Winners of the grants will be announced on June 21.
Once this test is completed, a longer, larger Challenge will be launched. Registered users will receive first notification of this and more exciting features to come.
One of the most popular activities on The Animal Site since 2008, the Challenge has given away more than $1.3 million to rescue groups and shelters in all fifty states, Canada, Costa Rica, and parts of the Caribbean. For years, users have been asking for even better ways to help voters find their shelter.