Complete Winners List: Shelter Challenge, Winter 2013

We are very pleased to announce that more than 200 shelters and rescue organizations * won prizes in this Shelter Challenge, ranging from cash grants, to vaccinations, to pet beds.  Congratulations to all the winners!     Shelter Challenge Overall Prize Winner Name City St ...
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Weekly Winner + Excessive Cuteness

During this final week of voting, we are very pleased to announce our winners for last week's Weekly* and Recruiter Prizes!  Congratulations to:   Our Recruiter Winner:  Spoiled Acres Rescue Inc , from  Aurora, IN, United States, and Our Weekly Winner*:  American Belgian Malinois Rescue, York, PA, United States   If you're looking...
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Week 6 Winners Announced

The sixth week of the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge again concluded with another first-time winner in the Recruiter category:  Pack Ethic Rescue of Sprakers, NY.   This new feature in the 2013 Shelter Challenge has provided a popular way for "newbies" to get their paws wet and earn a $1,000 cash grant for their favorite group.   In the weekly category,...
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Mother Dog Saved With Challenge Grant

Wynne Friend of Animals has been a frequent winner since they took first place in Arkansas in 2008. Since then, they’ve collected more than $10,000 in grants due to their loyal voters.   Most recently, they received a $500 runner-up prize for the muddy photo of Dewey (adopted from the shelter). The picture had been submitted by a fan for the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge...
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BARK Shocked By First Time Win

The Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge saw many first time winners including Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK).   "When we found out we came in First Place Winner for the state of Louisiana, we were all so shocked and excited.  I honestly could not believe it at first," wrote Jillian Donaghey.   The rescue group had recently held a raffle to pay off a...
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Tiny Horse Helped With Challenge Grant

Not every Shelter Challenge winner cares for dogs and cats. Many “specialty” rescue groups have participated over the years and used their grants to care for ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs, potbelly pigs, parrots, horses, and ponies, among others.   Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven Society in British Columbia won their first Shelter Challenge grant in 2013.   ...
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Ten Dogs Spayed With One Grant

Natalie's Second Chance Dog Shelter in Indiana takes in dogs and puppies from organizations who cannot afford to keep them until an adoptive family can be found as well as owner surrenders.   A first time winner in the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge, they used their $1,000 Recruiter grant to spay/neuter ten dogs, including this happy pair.   “The Shelter...
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Another First Time Winner In Week 5

The fifth week of the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge concluded with another first-time winner in the Recruiter category:  The Pixel Fund of Gorham, ME.   This new feature in the 2013 Shelter Challenge has provided a popular way for "newbies" to get their paws wet and earn a $1,000 cash grant for their favorite group.   In the weekly category, the aptly...
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Mocha Gets A Second Chance In Canada

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada picked up their first regional award at the beginning of 2013 and came back in the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge to win a story contest grant of $1,000 US.   The second grant enabled the Ontario rescue group to provide extensive care for Mocha (shown here).   "Mocha came into our care as a rescued puppy mill dog. She did require...
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Five Very Happy Photo Contest Winners

The Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge offers pet owners to share some special moments with their adopted friends in in three different photo contests. The first one, which concluded in November, asked people to share the "happiest rescue" photo that they had.    The top prize of $1,000 went to Southern California Siamese Rescue. The blue-eyed Siamese photo submitted by...
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Blind Cat's Winnings Top $33,000 In Challenges

Blind Cat Rescue in North Carolina has been a highly successful participant in the Shelter Challenge.  Between 2009 and 2013, they have received more $33,000 in cash grants courtesy of their loyal voters. Most recently, they took first weekly winner prize in the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge.   The organization uses the cash to purchase food, litter, and toys for their...
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Cat House on the Kings and Fort Rescue Take Week 4

The fourth week of the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge finished with The Cat House on the Kings, a frequent Shelter Challenge winner, receiving the Weekly Winner grant and a first-time winner capturing the Recruiter grant: The Fort Rescue (Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center) of Asheboro, NC.   The $100,000 Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge continues through December 22 . A total...
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Old Dogs Need New Meds And Extra Care

Old Dog Haven takes in elderly pets that require a little extra care. Since 2008, they’ve received $7,000 in Shelter Challenge grants.   "We are thrilled to receive the State First Prize winner for Washington in the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge," wrote executive director Judith Piper. "Old Dog Haven spends nearly $40,000 monthly on veterinary care including medications, so...
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Double The Excitement

Looks like shelters are on a roll, learning how to best leverage the new Shelter Challenge tools and tips to win!  In a first-time twist, this week's Recruiter Winner and Weekly Winner are one and the same - a special shelter that decided to up the ante and now gets to see the results of their efforts.  Congratulations to: Langley Animal Protection Society Located...
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First Two Weeks of Winners in Winter 2013 Challenge

Two more winners in the Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge were announced today: Noah's Arks Rescue in South Carolina and Canine Estates in Florida. The latter is a first time winner in the Challenge.    The $100,000 Winter 2013 Shelter Challenge continues through December 22 at www.ShelterChallenge.com. A total of $100,000 in cash grants will be awarded as well as...
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Eight Weeks To Win 249 Prizes Starting Oct. 28

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...
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TARPS Pays Vet Bills With Grants

TARPS (The Animal Rescue and Protection Society) was the very first Vermont state winner in 2008 and has followed up with nine state wins since, including finishing first in their state for the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge.   The $10,000 won over the last five years has been a big help to the group, said Mary Donaldson, because “we receive many animals with health issues....
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Zeus Won Over Rover Volunteer’s Heart

Start Over Rover won their first state grant in 2011 and followed up with five more Nebraska top dog finishes since then.  Amy Michalek that the $6,000 has gone “go directly towards the care of our animals. We are all volunteers, so that money can be spent solely with the animals in mind.”   Some of those volunteers end up going home with puppies like Zeus (shown here)....
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Hurricane Season Won’t Flood This Shelter Now

St. John Animal Care Center in the Virgin Islands knew they needed a water diversion ditch to handle flash flooding after the torrential rains hit their island earlier this year.   The Shelter Challenge grant came in handy. “Our budget is very tight, with a demand for every dollar.  These additional funds allowed us to make the necessary repairs to the shelter property...
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Faith Receives Care and Clothes

The Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue, based in South Carolina, is one of the many breed specific rescue groups that have benefitted from the Shelter Challenge.   “We accept pugs regardless of their age or health in our rescue,” said Lakeshia Wilkerson. Because of this, they routinely rack up $100,000 or more in vet bills each year.   The organization won a state grant...
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