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In the second round of voting of The Animal Rescue Site’s $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. of St. Pauls, NC, won the $5,000 grant. Sixty-six other winning shelters and rescue groups received grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 for regional awards, photos submitted by Facebook fans, and other categories.
Many groups had never won a grant before. These first time winners were Jackson County Humane Society, AR [for the Spring Romp photo Kitty Smooches, shown left]; Bright Haven Bliss Adoption Programs, CA; Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc., CA; IMPS (CO/UT/WY region), CO; Pet Refuge, IN; Second Chance Animal Shelter Inc., MA; Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), ME; Humane Society of Rome Inc. (Rome Humane Society), NY; Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse Rescue, OH; Oklahoma Westie Rescue, OK; Belly Rubs Basset Rescue, TN; and Airedale Terrier Rescue & Adoption, WI.
In 2011, GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site will give away $300,000 in grants during Shelter+ Challenge. Halfway through the year, $150,000 already has been awarded to groups of all sizes in all 50 states, Canada, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. The only requirement for participation by groups is that they must be an active member of Petfinder.com (it is free to register a group at Petfinder.com). Another $150,000 remains to be decided by visitors to The Animal Rescue Site between now and December 2011. The next voting round starts on July 4.
The popular Challenge grants are the only grants whose recipients are decided by visitors to the website* Each day during one of four voting periods, people can cast votes online for their favorite organization. Anyone can click and vote daily during the Challenge—it is free to participate and only takes a minute. No registration or other information is required to vote.
A complete list of all winners in the current and past Challenges can be found at The Animal Rescue Site (click on the tab that says Shelter+ Challenge) as well as details of the remaining two voting rounds of the 2011 $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge.
*Each year GreaterGood.org gives an average of $3+ million to charitable partners around the world, including the Petfinder.com Foundation. For more information on all groups supported, please see www.GreaterGood.org.