Seattle, WA, December 29, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- In the fourth and final round of voting of The Animal Rescue Site’s $300,000 2011 Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com, Friends of Felines in Defiance, OH, won the $5,000 Grand Prize. The Canadian group Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue won $2,000 for their Heartwarming Story about a stray “Kenny Pawgers.”
With these awards, $300,000 in grants has been distributed to Challenge winners in 2011. Since the Challenges began in 2008, more than 250 animal rescue groups in North America have received $910,000 in grants funded by GreaterGood Network's The Animal Rescue Site.
The Animal Rescue Site CEO Tim Kunin also announced today that the Challenge will continue in 2012, with another $300,000 planned to be given away in four voting rounds throughout the year.
For the first round of voting in 2012, starting January 9, the popular “Dark Horse” category returns with six grants guaranteed for groups who have never won before. Sixty-four other prizes will be given away in the first round of 2012 to regional winners, weekly winners, and a Grand Prize winner.
Any shelter or rescue group that is an active member of the Petfinder.com Network can participate in the Shelter+ Challenges. More information about the Shelter+ Challenges and other free ways to help rescued animals can be found at www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com.
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Funding from The Animal Rescue Site and other GreaterGood Network websites is distributed by the independent 501(c)3 GreaterGood.org.
The Animal Rescue Site's “Click Here To Give” purple homepage button provides a simple, fast free way to help animal charities. Visitors can click daily to display a series of ads: 100% of the donations from sponsoring advertisers are donated to Petfinder.com Foundation, Rescue Bank, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Fund for Animals, North Shore Animal League America, and other worthy groups selected by GreaterGood.org. Additional funding is provided through shopping at The Animal Rescue Site store (http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/store) or donations received through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.
Every year, GreaterGood.org distributes more than $1 million in grants to worthy animal charities, including Petfinder.com Foundation which distributes the Challenge grants.