Seattle, WA, December 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- More than 5 million votes (a new record high) were cast between September and December in The Animal Rescue Site’s $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge together with Petfinder.com. Among the groups receiving an extra Christmas treat through the dedicated efforts of their supporters were: Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary of Montana, who will receive the grand prize of $20,000; Denison City Pound of Iowa, who will receive the second place prize of $5,000; The Oasis Sanctuary of Arizona, who will receive the third place prize of $3,000. More than 70 cash grants for a total of $100,000 were awarded in this Challenge to shelters and rescue groups in every state in the United States as well as to groups in Canada and Costa Rica.
“Our congratulations to the winners of this Challenge,” said Elizabeth Neuschatz, Executive Director of the Petfinder.com Foundation. “We know how hard they worked at encouraging people to go online and vote, and it paid off. The exciting part of this contest to us, however, is not just the prizes, but the way it engages the public in the process of helping their shelters. Then, if they win, it’s icing on the cake—a very rich, scrumptious icing, furnished by The Animal Rescue Site, I might add.”
The current $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge began on September 14. Visitors to The Animal Rescue Site were able to cast a free vote every day for their favorite group until December 20. Shelters were also encouraged to submit stories for the “Most Touching Story” portion of the Challenge: the two prize winners from this competition were the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue with the tale of Frankie, a paraplegic dog rescued from a puppy mill, and Cats Anonymous of Orton, Ontario (Canada), with the story of Winnie, a feral cat rehabilitated and placed in a forever home.
“Probably the hardest part of this Challenge was picking just two winning stories,” said Lisa Halstead, Chief Operating Officer of The Animal Rescue Site. “Our judges thought all of the submissions were amazing, heart-warming, and truly indicative of the splendid work being done by these groups on a daily basis. We are very honored to be able to help them with these grants in 2009.”
The recently concluded $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge was the second Challenge completed in 2009. In July, The Animal Rescue Site gave an equal number of grants for $100,000 to animal rescue groups in the Petfinder.com Network. The Animal Rescue Site also funds a variety of other programs through its “Click Here to Give - it’s FREE” program, its Gifts That Give More™ program, and the sale of products through The Animal Rescue Site’s store.
A complete list of all winners in the current and past Challenges can be found at www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com (click on the purple tab that says “Shelter+ Challenge” to see full results after December 23).
More On The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood Network
The GreaterGood Network includes The Animal Rescue Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Child Health Site, The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, and The Rainforest Site. Since 1999, beginning with The Hunger Site, these websites have provided a free way for people to help the cause of their choice every day.