Baker Receives Needed Eye Surgery

Luv A Chin Rescue won their first state grant in 2010 and racked up $9,000 in Challenge grants through the first Challenge of 2013.   Not surprisingly, this Minnesota rescue (formerly in South Dakota) specializes in caring for Japanese Chins like Baker.   Baker “had an old eye injury that had not been attended to so Luv A Chin rescued him and had him neutered...
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Grants Support Dakin’s Mission To Help All Pets

Dakin Humane Society (formerly known as Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society) provides a variety of services to animals and people in their part of Massachusetts.   Recently they celebrated the 40,000th surgery at their Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, said Leslie Harris.   Other programs include low-cost vaccine clinics that provide life-saving vaccine, parasite...
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Sanctuary Uses Win To Buy Heartworm Medicine

When her latest Shelter Challenge grant arrived, Joyce Dekard of Our Lil' Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary knew exactly how to use it.   “There was an amazing sale on heartworm preventative, enabling us to purchase as said above six months worth for each dog.  We would not have been able to buy in this bulk without the grant.  Our supporters brought it...
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Cockapoo Reveals Pawsibilities

When Pawsibilities received their very first Shelter Challenge grant earlier this year, they immediately used it for “our special needs critters,” said Kim Texter.   The Florida rescue group takes in animals such as Keller (shown here), a seven-year-old blind cockapoo that arrived with “horrific skin allergies and major ear infections.” Further examination turned up that...
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Cat Group Loves Challenge Grants

CATS Cradle in Fargo, ND, received their first state win in the first Challenge of 2012. Energized by the prize, their enthusiastic supporters voted them into a Grand Prize later that year as well as a number of other prizes. So far they have won a total of $14,000 in Shelter Challenge grants in just under two years.   “We used the money to help pay for medical bills on...
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Grant Helps Stop Ringworm Outbreak

The Washington Animal Rescue League in DC won their first “state” grant* in the first Shelter Challenge in 2008 and have continued to win in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 for a grand total of $6,000 in Shelter Challenge grants.   The most recent $1,000 grant helped the organization address an outbreak of ringworm in July.   “We purchased supplies to disinfect the...
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A Really, Really Happy Story From New Haven

The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, CT, won their first Shelter Challenge grant in 2009 and four more in 2011, 2012, and 2013. To date, their voters have added a much needed extra $5,000 to the shelter’s coffers.   “Our shelter is under the care of the city of New Haven and they can only take on normal medical bill costs,” said Deborah Wan. The 2013 Shelter Challenge...
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Repeated Wins Keep Cats Healthy

The Cat House On The Kings’ supporters know that the Shelter Challenge has brought thousands of dollars to their beloved cat sanctuary.  They scored their first Grand Prize in 2011 and their second in 2012, as well as numerous weekly winner grants for a grand total of $28,000 to date.   These grants have helped the staff at the California group deal with multiple...
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Oscar’s Grumpy Disposition Doesn’t Stop Rescue

Rikki’s Refuge in Virginia has been a frequent winner in the Shelter Challenge since 2010. With a “Recruiter” grant in the Summer 2013 Challenge, they’ve brought their grand total of Shelter Challenge grants to $12,000.   Earlier this year, following a State award in the first Challenge of 2013, Kerry Hilliard reported that the grant allowed them to pay for the medical bills...
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ARL's Fans Take In Rabbits

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Maine, provides shelter, medical care, and food for approximately 4,000 animals a year.   “We are very proud of our organization, we take a holistic approach in our shelter model and we provide exemplary treatment and care to all animals,” said Patsy Murphy.   The League won its first Challenge grant in 2008, and...
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Lucky Gets A Second Chance

After rescuing a cat turned into a rural shelter with severe burns and resultant infections, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Virginia was determined to make him truly "Lucky."   They had just won a $500 Flash Photo award in the first 2013 Shelter Challenge (the organization also was a state winner in 2011) and the money went immediately for Lucky’s many medical bills. ...
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Warm Dogs Are Happy Dogs

The winters get very cold in Saskatchewan, Canada. So the Swift Current SPCA Shelter used their first Shelter Challenge grant to insulate their kennel doors.   “The new insulated doors replaced the old single-wall steel doors that let in the cold and the wind. Now the kennels are much warmer for the dogs…and it helps keep our heating bills down, enabling our resources to go...
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Purrfect Pals And 230+ Other Groups Are Summer 2013 Winners

Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA, received the $10,000 Grand Prize in the Summer 2013 Shelter Challenge, which ended October 13.   An additional ninety (90) $1,000 cash grants went to winners in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Brazil, Canada, Italy,  Mexico, and Virgin Islands. Shelters and rescue groups in the United States also were awarded vaccinations and pet...
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Texas Feline Fans Invited To November Event

Think Cats R Cool? So does TV star Jackson Galaxy. He's helping spread the word and encourage more cat adoptions.   Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy and Underwater Dogs photographer Seth Casteel (shown together here) take the stage together at the The Glen Theater at the Backyard in Bee Cave, Texas. The event is part of GreaterGood.org's new Cats R Cool signature program to...
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Daddy Waits In Comfort For New Home

Nevada Bully Breed Rescue’s Char Baroni said “We received our Shelter Challenge grant right on time to help us secure a larger facility for our rescue dogs.” The organization was a first time winner earlier this year, receiving a $1,000 State grant through the Challenge.   “The new facility is in a central location,” said Baroni, “which is easy for adopters and volunteers to...
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Leroy Cleans Up Great With A Little Help

National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has received $4,000 in Shelter Challenge grants since 2011. The money goes to help pay for their group’s large veterinary bills.   “All rescued dogs, upon arrival at the NMDR kennel, undergo a comprehensive intake process during which they are vet checked and treated for disease, injury, dental problems, parasites, and other health-related...
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Nearing The Finish Line: Week 8 Happenings

We're getting closer and closer to the end of this Shelter Challenge, when the winning shelter will be named and awarded a $10,000 grant to help animals.  It's still anybody's game, if you and your fellow shelter supporters can rally support for that final push!   There are a lot of exciting things going on right now.  Voting is in progress for Story Contest...
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Fourteen Goldens Spayed with One Grant

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) knew immediately how they could use their first $1,000 “State” grant won in May.   “RAGOM agreed to take a pregnant momma from Kentucky,” said Tracy Hoekstra. “Before she could get on transport, she gave birth to nine adorable puppies.  Once they were old enough to travel, they all made their way to a foster home in Minnesota. ...
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All Volunteer New Mexico Group Saves Dogs

New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better (NMDOG) has received $4,000 in Shelter Challenge grants since 2011.   “NMDOG is an all-volunteer, foster-based organization,” said Angela Stell. “We deliver doghouses, food, toys, and winter coats to chained and backyard dogs in need. We also replace heavy chains with trolley systems in the areas with no anti-tethering legislation.”   ...
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Eight Bunnies Receive Extra Care

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary won their first “State” Shelter Challenge grant in May and immediately found a use for the $1,000 .   The organization received a report of domestic rabbits running loose in a neighborhood. “Being domestic bunnies, they cannot survive long outside, especially in the heat of the Arizona summer,” said Kelly Ames. “We also discovered some...
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