Canadian Group Rescues Boston Terriers

“Picture boundless energy in four-legged motion, and that’s Roxie. Imagine endless enthusiasm disguised as a small black-and-white Boston Terrier, and that’s Roxie. Conjure up a happy whirlwind of kisses and affection, and that’s Roxie,” wrote a volunteer for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.   The Ontario organization picked up their first win in the Shelter Challenge in May...
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One Grant Helps Two Groups Save Dogs

Hopes Haven Dog Rescue used their first ever Shelter Challenge grant to help another organization making life better for dogs.   “We gave $500 to Fences for Fido,” wrote Marsha Chambers. “They go all over the Pacific Northwest building fences for dogs found on chains.  They have done so much for dogs in our area and they are a great bunch of people.”   ...
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All Volunteer Group Loves Challenge Grants

The Humane Society of McCormick County took home their first Shelter Challenge grant in 2008 and have won twelve State or Weekly Winner grants since then.   The $13,000 received from the Challenge over the years comes in handy for an “an all volunteer private rescue group,” said Judy Haywood. “We take care of thirty-five dogs and fifteen cats on average.”   ...
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Basenjis Score Big Wins In Challenge

The Basenji breed may be known as the barkless dogs, but their supporters certainly can get the word out on social media. The Texas-based rescue group Basenji Rescue and Tranport (BART) has won State or Weekly Winner grants seventeen times since 2009.   The organization routinely takes in Basenjis from other rescue groups across the country, helping with medical care and...
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Bark n Rest Diva Looks Great Now

The Bark n Rest Retirement Center received a $500 Dark Horse Runner Up grant and twenty pet beds in the last Shelter Challenge.   “This grant allowed us to provide much needed vetting to six senior/special needs dogs in our care,” wrote Dawn Enriquez. “We take in the forgotten ones, the old, sick and disabled that have been neglected or abandoned.”   Chance,...
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Scupper's Trip Underwritten By Challenge

Greyhound Pets in Woodinville, WA, won their first Challenge grant in 2012: $2,000 for being first in the Dark Horse category. Later in 2012, they won a $1,00 State award and, at the beginning of 2013, won $1,000 State grant for their group.   The latest grant, which was mailed in May, helped the group recover part of the cost of moving a load of twenty greyhounds from...
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Challenge Grant Trims Up Theodore's Coat

Speciality Purebred Cat Rescue won their first State grant at the end of 2012 and then followed it up with a Weekly Winner award during the first Challenge of 2013.   These grants were used to help “some severely neglected cats into our care this year and the money was used towards the significant vet services they required to get them healthy and adopted,” wrote Kirsten...
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Senior Cat Adoption Encouraged By Grant

The South Wood Humane Society in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, still remembers champagne toasts and cake when they learned that they’d won a $25,000 Grand Prize in the very first Shelter Challenge in 2008.   Director Phil Hartely stated at the time that the win was “amazing. Unbelievable. Heartwarming. I was stopped literally hundreds of times by people excited to tell me they were...
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Winners From GA, NY, and IL Announced

Every week brings new winners in the current round of the Shelter Challenge.  This week’s winners are located in Clarkston, GA; Corning, NY; and Rockford, IL.   The $100,000 Shelter Challenge continues through October 13 at www.ShelterChallenge.com.   The Week 4 (September 2 to September 8 ) Shelter+ Challenge Winners are:   Weekly Winner:*...
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Four Puppies Are Real Winners In NJ

Since 2011, The Last Resort Rescue in New Jersey has racked up seven wins in the weekly or state category. Every one is appreciated, but the latest $1,000 grant helped them care for four incredibly cute puppies.   “During a recent rescue mission we noticed a home with four filthy but very beautiful puppies enclosed in a small cage,” wrote Samantha Grieves. “We discovered...
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Challenge Dark Horse Grant Enables Remarkable Recovery

Second Chance Rescue in New York was a Dark Horse winner this spring in the first Shelter Challenge of 2013. The organization used their first ever Shelter Challenge grant to save a puppy suffering from severe mange.   “On May 12, we rescued Roxy, a five-month-old pitbull mix, said Karen Petraska.  “Roxy was on the euth list the night we pulled her [from the shelter]. ...
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Rhode Island Group Wins Multiple Times

Since 2009, Pet Refuge has finished first in Rhode Island a record nine times. Their happy voters have celebrated bringing home $9,000 to the no-kill shelter that “receives no municipal or state funding,” according to Renate Sager Daniels.   The Challenge grants have been used to pay for medical expenses, surgeries, and, of course, spaying/neutering of pets prior to...
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No Kill Louisville Celebrates First Challenge Win

No Kill Louisville won their very first Shelter Challenge grant in May 2013, when they took home the top prize for their state.    The $1,000 check came in handy for a group that organizes a Pet Food Bank as well as cares for the medical needs of the animals in their foster/adoption program.   Each pet in the No Kill Louisville program is spayed or...
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Group's Two-Handed Supporters Help Four-Pawed Friends

Hands Helping Paws put their name into action and got their supporters to vote them to a win four times. S ince 2011, this Oklahoma group has collected $4,000 in the Shelter Challenge in the “most votes in state” category.   The latest grant, received in May 2013, was used for the medical care of cats and kittens, said Kim Fairbanks. “Weaver and his sister, Meisha, who...
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North Dakotans Love Dog Group

Since winning North Dakota in the very first Challenge in 2008, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue has rallied its troops online and brought home multiple State grants.  By the end of 2012, they’d achieved a lifetime total of $9,000.   Most recently, they used their Shelter Challenge grants to purchase several new kennels as well as provide care for pets like Luci. When 4 Luv of...
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Challenge Participation Built Awareness of Cats' Needs

Since 2010, Feline Rescue Inc in Minnesota has won more than $6,000 in Shelter Challenges.   The $2,000 received in 2012 was especially welcome, reported Marget Owen Thorpe. “As we are an all-volunteer organizations, the grants enabled us to afford more in cat care, such as food, veterinary care, and medical supplies than we otherwise could have provided.”   ...
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Colorado Greyhound Helped With A Win

It took Colorado Greyhound Rescue of Littleton, CO, five years to win their second State grant, but the $1,000 came in handy this May. Previously the organization had won the same category in 2009.   This 2013 grant provided quality vet care for Cricket, who is blind in one eye and has limited sight in the other.  The young dog also suffers from stenosis, which means...
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Jonah Treated With A Challenge Grant

Weimaraner Rescue of the South used Shelter Challenge grants to provide additional care and take in dogs that they might have had to turn away otherwise. The organization won five times in 2012 and 2013 – with their voters earning them $7,000 so far!   Betsy Bottomley reported this summer that a $1,000 State grant (Alabama) won in May was used to pay mounting vet bills as...
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NY Cat Group Finds 13 Wins Are Lucky

While SBU Cat Network isn’t the only Shelter Challenge winner from New York, they are one of the most frequent. Since winning the state prize in the very first Challenge in 2008, the organization has won twelve more grants in the Weekly or State categories for a lifetime total of a very lucky $13,000.   “We operate on a shoestring, relying almost completely on individual...
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Shelter Supporter Doubles Their Win With A Yard Sale

The Animal Humane Association of Star Valley took home their very first Shelter Challenge grant in May 2013 when they won their state.   “The contest encouraged people who followed our Facebook page to share our mission with their friends in an upbeat and inspiring way, and kept people checking our site for updates, where they also could find our featured pets and other...
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