New Groups Keep Winning In Shelter Challenge

The newbies continue to rack up wins at the Shelter Challenge. With the new site and three or more ways to win every week, many of the groups who have already received checks are first-time ever winners in the Shelter Challenge.   In fact, every single week of this Challenge round has seen first time winners take home $1,000 grants in various categories.   ...
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Senior Dog Aspen Gets Her Own In-Home Doctor Care

Friends of Pets in Alaska took home a $1,000 state grant at the end of 2012 and another during the first round of the Challenge in 2013.   “We used the Shelter Challenge grants for two projects. One was focused on medical care of senior dogs we rescued and the other was to provide spay/neuter assistance to Anchorage Animal Control during their ‘Price is Right’ shelter cat...
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Limited Time Left To Enter Your Story!

A quick reminder for all you wonderful shelter supporters out there!  There are only a few days left to submit your favorite rescue story for the third and final story contest.  This mini-contest is a great way for you to get involved on behalf of your shelter.  Your story could win one of three $1,000 grant prizes for your shelter.    Your story... ...
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Story Winners And More Announced For Week 6

We have six more winners this week. Three story winners made it through a tough round of judging (all the stories submitted were great, according to the judges) and then voting on nine finalists. A third and final round of story submissions already has started – so polish your prose and submit a story to help your rescue group.   The $100,000 Shelter Challenge continues...
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Food Deliveries Keep Doors Open At Shelters and Rescue Groups

Outside of the Shelter Challenge, GreaterGood and The Animal Rescue Site fund dozens of programs to benefit shelters and rescue groups through a coalition of various charity partners. One of these is Rescue Bank , which provides food aid year round to rescue groups throughout the United States.   From mid-July through late August, Rescue Bank shipped more than 480,864...
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Week 5 Brings First Italian Winner

Every week brings new winners in the current round of the Shelter Challenge including a first time winner located in Italy.  This week’s other winners are located in Okatie, SC, and Arlington, WA. Next week, we’ll be announcing six more winners: one weekly, two recruiter, and three story winners from round two of the story contest.   The $100,000 Shelter Challenge...
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Challenge Boosts Rescue Group's Online Profile

The benefits of participating in the Shelter Challenge for the first time were more than a cash grant and pet beds, according to Christie Speciale of Tanner’s P.A.W.S.  in Corning, NY.   “By encouraging people to vote everyday,” she wrote, “it attracted people to our page and website. It also got us media attention (TV and newspaper). This helped our pets because we are...
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Ramps and Stairs Make Dogs More Adoptable

Humane Society of Independence County decided to use their Shelter Challenge grants to improve their exercise yard. The Arkansas organization had won $2,000 in the last two Challenges. Lumber and other materials were purchased with the grant money but all the labor was provided by volunteers, reported Sue Augustus.   “The equipment not only provided a shady area for...
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Pocatello Traps Reunite Families with Lost Cats

As reported earlier this year, the Pocatello Animal Shelter decided to put their most recent Challenge grant towards special trap covers. The traps are used to catch feral or lost cats in their community.   The group also catches lost “family cats” in the traps. These wandering pets have been reunited with their owners after checking their microchips “or matching them with a...
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Winning Grant Reduces Shelter Manager Stress

Atchinson Animal Control in Kansas won their very first Shelter Challenge grant at the start of 2013.  Tanna Ross was thrilled to learn about the organization’s victory.   “This grant was all applied to our Cedar Ridge Veterinary Account!” she wrote recently.   This additional funding will allow them to heartworm test shelter dogs, spay/neuter target pit...
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Grand Bahama Group Is An International Winner

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama has been a regular international or weekly winner since 2010, racking up a total of $7,000 in Challenge grants in the last three years.   The Challenge wins have “allowed us to pay for badly needed medical supplies for animals that needed extra help,” said Tip Burrows.   Bounce was one of the puppies surrendered to the...
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Leave No Paws Behind Lives Up To Name

The Sun Valley, CA, organization Leave No Paws Behind won $1,000 at the end in 2012 and the same amount again at the start of 2013. They have used the $2,000 in grants received during the first half of 2013 to help with medical costs.   “We specialize in seniors and animals with medical disabilities,” said Toby Wisneski. “Angelica was a beautiful thirteen to fourteen-year-old...
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Bourbon and Bayou Win Fans on Facebook

Roxanne Bayard of Animal Aid for Vermilion Area knew exactly what to do with the $1,000 received in May 2013 for winning their state. This was the second Shelter Challenge grant for the Louisiana group, which previously won a $1,000 “state prize” during the fourth round of 2012 Shelter Challenge.   “We rescued two pit mixes from a shelter where they were going to be put down...
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Louisiana Boxers Treated For Bite Wounds

Louisiana Boxer Rescue won their first Challenge grant in 2013 as a Weekly Winner. The $1,000 grant immediately went to the treatment of Moe and Violet.   The pair arrived at a clinic in Lake Charles suffering from severe dog bite wounds after being attacked.   “Their owner could not afford vet care and relinquished the dogs to us. They received the immediate...
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West Michigan Critters Hopped To Vet

The West Michigan Critter Haven often needs some specialized help. The Shelter Challenge “Dark Horse” runner-up grant of $500, won in May 2013, helped this first-time winner pay for help from “rabbit-savvy vet,” said Claire Scudder.   The grant paid for “different things” such as mite treatment, blood work labs, respiratory problems, and spays/neuters so far, she said. Among...
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Blind Cat Rescue Wins Big Frequently

Blind Cat Rescue  & Sanctuary, Inc, in St Pauls, NC, has supporters across the country and around the world, who have voted this group into numerous wins. They’ve taken two Grand Prizes (2011 and 2012), Second Place (2013), Third Place (2010), numerous Weekly and State awards, and one Doggy Paddle prize.   Since 2009, this organization has received $32,000 through...
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Rolling Dog Holds Record High For Cash Grants

Rolling Dog Farm began their involvement with the Shelter Challenge during the very first challenge in 2008, when they were known as Rolling Dog Ranch.   For the last five years, this no-kill sanctuary’s legion of supporters have shared the word worldwide and helped vote them to a grand total of $46,000 in Challenge grants, one of the highest and most consistent run of...
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Puppy Receives A Second Chance

Wyndall may chew a little funny, but this young dog received a second lease on life due to a Shelter Challenge grant.   The puppy was just eight weeks old when he was left at animal control with a deep puncture wound and a broken jaw.  “These were not life threatening injuries but when abandoned at a high kill facility with no budget for medical care they were enough to...
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Golden Paw Society Saves Special Needs Cats

Golden Paw Society felt very golden indeed when their loyal voters took them to top place in the Dark Horse category at the beginning of 2013.   The $2,000 cash grant “not only directly provided the best possible care for two 'special needs' cats, but, by bearing the burden of the unexpected expenses, GPS was able to continue on to rescue fourteen more cats from municipal...
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First Time Winner Rescues Dogs In Ohio

The Friendship Animal League won their first-ever Shelter Challenge grant in May and they immediately knew how to make the most of the $1,000 State grant.   “We used the money to rescue and spay and neuter dogs and puppies from at risk shelters in Ohio,” said Gregory Wiley.   Alana was one such rescue story.  “Alana was a stray bulldog mix at a shelter...
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