$100K Update: Month 1 Leaderboard Unveiled!
31 days. 50 agencies. A total of 19,114 dogs and cats adopted or reunited with their owners—that’s a combined increase of 4,960 more lives saved over August 2011…
W-O-W! We’re thrilled to announce the late-breaking, record-making, data-shaking results after Month 1 of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge—during which 50 shelters across the country are competing to save more animals’ lives from August 1 through October 31, 2012, than they did during the same three months last year.
Who’s in the lead so far? Here’s a snapshot of our Top 10 finishers after Month 1:
Click here for the full leaderboard including results for all 50 contestants.
High five to the shelters in each division that saved the most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens (beyond their August 2011 baseline data) from August 1-31. These Month One $5K Fast Start grant winners are…
Q. Why are these Toledo Area Humane Society staffers hanging out in the kitten kennels? A. Because they adopted out all the animals who were in them during one of their August events! Rocking the North Central division, the Ohio agency saved 441 lives last month—an increase of 271 over August 2011.
Every lost dog or cat returned to his or her owner counts as a life saved during the $100K Challenge—that includes Teddy, reunited with his human James during Month 1 at Canyon County Animal Shelter.
The Idaho group is currently topping both the leaderboard and the West division, with a total of 569 lives saved (308 more than last August!).
Number 1 in the South Central division and second place overall, City of San Antonio Animal Services saw an increase in lives saved of 294 during Month 1—for a total of 1,135 adoptions in August. That number includes Sadie, shown here on the day she came in to the Texas agency as part of a cruelty investigation…
…and here she is in her new home. Sigh!
(P.S. Her adopters came in to meet her after seeing her on Facebook.)
Winning the first spot in the Southeast division and 6th place overall, Humane Society of Charlotte boasts 366 lives saved in August—an increase over last year of 193. Here’s adoption #54. Smiles much?!
Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Center immediately waived adoption fees at the start of the Challenge.
Congrats to the division leaders, and a giant round of applause for all the contestants for pulling out all the stops last month. To find out what they’re up to next, be sure to follow the Contest Blog on the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge site.