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You can make a difference in the lives of shelter animals just by voting in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
Using the ASPCA’s Facebook app, you can vote daily through August 31 to help determine which animal shelter in the contest should get the $25,000 Community Engagement Award.
At the end of this month, the three shelters with the most votes — and at least 300 more animals saved during the Challenge than saved during the same period last year — will be eligible for the Community Engagement Award.
You can vote once each day per shelter, and you need to be logged into Facebook to vote. The Facebook voting app is supported only on computers, although you may be able to use it through your smartphone or tablet’s web browser.
The Challenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country compete to break their own records for saving animal lives by rallying their communities to increase adoptions. They do this with adoption events, extended hours, promotions with low adoption fees or their own contests — pulling out all the stops to save the animals in their facilities. Each shelter in the competition has to save more dogs and cats in June, July and August this year than they did in the same three months last year to qualify for a prize.
This year is the fifth and final year of the Challenge. Each year since 2010, more animals have been saved than the previous year. Last year, 12,050 lives were saved by participating shelters. This year, the 50 shelters saved a total 43,959 lives in just the months of June and July. That’s an increase of 9,198 over the same two months last year.
In total, the Challenge will award $600,000 to winning shelters, including a $100,000 grand prize from the ASPCA and Rachael Ray for the shelter that increases its number of lives saved the most. Other prizes include Best in Division, Most Improved Player and more.
Ray is a lifelong animal advocate. Her love of animals and her Pit Bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create the pet food Nutrish. She donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the food to groups like the ASPCA so they can facilitate programs like the $100K Challenge.
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