Who’s rocking big numbers this summer?! Staff, volunteers and communities have rallied, the data’s been tallied and we’re thrilled to reveal the results after Month 2 of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: The 49 contestants have saved a total of 36,790 lives—that’s a combined increase of 7,858 more dogs and cats adopted or reunited with their owners over June and July 2012.
Who’s in the lead so far? Here’s a snapshot of our Top 10 finishers after the months of June and July:
Hats off to the agencies in each of the 5 divisions that have seen the biggest increase in lives saved over their aggregate June & July 2012 baseline. These 7th Inning Stretch $5K grant winners are…
Washington Animal Rescue League is currently topping Division 1 (agencies with an annual intake of 1,500-2,500) and finished out July with a total increase of 248 lives saved since the Challenge kicked off on June 1. That number includes Pico, tuxedo kitty extraordinaire, who looks to have settled in quite nicely with his humans.
Q.: What does it take to top Division 2 (intake 2,501-4,000) two months in a row?!
A: Heroes of all sizes!
Texas Humane Heroes is once again leading their division, with a total increase of 257 more dogs and cats saved—and support from animal lovers of all ages. Thumbs up to the students at the Primrose School, who collected donations for the Leander agency.
Number 1 in Division 3 (intake 4,001-7,000) and #4 on the national leaderboard, HALO Animal Rescue is rocking an increase of 376 lives saved after 2 months. And speaking of rocking… check out Rothwell, adopted during the Phoenix agency’s recent mega adoptions event. Comfy much?!
Heading Division 4 (intake 7,001-11,000) for the second month in a row, Citizens for Animal Protection is #3 overall, thanks to a total increase in 379 lives saved. The Houston agency makes time to celebrate every adoption—we’re so happy for you, Callie Sue!
Lifesaving…all in a day’s work at Riverside County Department of Animal Services, the agency currently topping both the national leaderboard and Division 5 (intake 11,001 and up).
Meet Barron Stewart, a little dude with a big name, rescued by two of the California agency’s officers off a busy highway. (P.S. The regal moniker is a combination of the last names of the officers.)
Congrats to the division leaders, and give it up for all 49 agencies competing in this year’s Challenge—talk about inspiring! You can find out what they’re up to anytime by checking out the Facebook feed on the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge website—and let’s wish ‘em luck in the home stretch!