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Winners Announced For First 2013 Shelter Challenge

More than 240 rescue groups in United States, Canada, and the Caribbean received letters in the first week of May to let them know that they were winners in The Animal Rescue Site’s $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge

The winning shelters and rescue groups received grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 as well as prizes such as vaccinations and fleece beds for pets in the care of these groups. The Grand Prize winner for this round was Friends of Felines Rescue Center, located in Defiance, OH, which received $10,000.

This round saw dozens of first time winners including Golden Paw Society of Huntingdon, NY, which took home a $2,000 “Dark Horse” grant. Dark Horse grants were restricted to groups who had never won any grants through the Shelter Challenge since it began in 2008. A total of $100,000 in cash grants was awarded this round as well as vaccinations and pet beds.

More than $1.3 million in Challenge grants has been funded by GreaterGood’s The Animal Rescue Site for shelters and rescue groups in the last five years. Grants are determined by animal lovers casting votes at The Animal Rescue Site. Participation in the Challenges is free for the groups, their supporters, and any “clicker” at the website. This round of the Challenge lasted from January to April and awarded the most grants and prizes ever.

Later in 2013, a new Shelter Challenge website will be launched with even more opportunities for visitors to The Animal Rescue Site to help their hometown rescue.


Complete List Of Winners Announced May 1, 2013


Grand Prize of a $10,000 grant to help animals goes to:
Friends of Felines Rescue Center, located in Defiance, OH

Second place overall and a $5,000 grant to help animals goes to:
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc., located in St Pauls, NC

Third place overall and a $1,000 grant to help animals goes to:
Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA


Dark Horse Winners*

Nine grants

*Dark Horse prizes restricted to groups who had never won in the Shelter Challenge before.

Dark Horse Winner, $2,000 grant goes to:
Golden Paw Society Inc., Huntington, NY

Dark Horse Runner-Up, $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Detroit Dog Rescue, Saint Clair Shores, MI

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Tanner's P.A.W.S., Corning, NY

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Chance's Haven, Gainesville, TX

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Second Chance Rescue, Flushing, NY

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Bark n Rest Retirement, Center Inc   Azle, TX

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

West Michigan Critter Haven, Jenison, MI

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Bill Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA

Dark Horse Runner-Up $500 grant and 20 Pet Beds go to: 

Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Pittsfield, MA


Flash Photo Winners

Eight grants

Flash Photo #1, $500 goes to:  Dakota's Dream, Winchester, VA
Flash Photo #2, $500 goes to:  Urban Cat Relief, Toronto, ON (Canada)
Flash Photo #3, $500 goes to:  Kitty Angels, Tyngsboro, MA
Flash Photo #4, $500 goes to:  HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team), Fairfax Station, VA
Flash Photo #5, $500 goes to:  Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue, Westland, MI
Flash Photo #6, $500 goes to:  Feline Rescue Inc., Saint Paul, MN
Flash Photo #7, $500 goes to:  Milford Humane Society, Milford, MA
Flash Photo #8, $500 goes to:  A Time 4 Paws,  Crossville, TN (winning picture shown above)

Weekly Winners:

Sixteen grants

Week 1, $1,000 goes to:  Friends of Felines Rescue Center, Defiance, OH
Week 2, $1,000 goes to: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc., St Pauls, NC
Week 3, $1,000 goes to: Purrfect Pals, Arlington, WA
Week 4, $1,000 goes to: The Cat House on the Kings, Parlier, CA
Week 5, $1,000 goes to: National Mill Dog Rescue, Colorado Springs, CO
Week 6, $1,000 goes to: Rolling Dog Farm, Lancaster, NH
Week 7, $1,000 goes to:  Humane Society of Grand Bahama, Freeport, BS
Week 8, $1,000 goes to:  Leave No Paws Behind Inc, Sun Valley, CA
Week 9, $1,000 goes to:  Lapeer County Animal Shelter, Lapeer, MI
Week 10, $1,000 goes to:  Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue, Kenosha, WI
Week 11, $1,000 goes to:  Texas Airedale Rescue Team, Georgetown, TX
Week 12, $1,000 goes to:  Noah's Arks Rescue, Okatie, SC
Week 13, $1,000 goes to:  Animal House Shelter, Huntley, IL
Week 14, $1,000 goes to:  Oldies But Goodies (Northern VA) Cocker Rescue, Newington, VA
Week 15, $1,000 goes to:  Louisiana Boxer Rescue, River Ridge, LA
Week 16, $1,000 goes to:  HELP Humane Society, Belton, MO

International Winners:

Seven grants

Canada, $1,000 goes to:  S.A.I.N.T.S., Mission, BC
Canada, $1,000 goes to:  Swift Current SPCA Shelter, Swift Current, SK
Canada, $1,000 goes to:  Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven Society, Chilliwack, BC
Canada, $1,000 goes to:  BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE CANADA, Nottawa, ON
Canada, $1,000 goes to:  North Toronto Cat Rescue, Markham, ON
International, $1,000 goes to:  Lighthouse Animal Rescue/Faro Rescate Animal, Atenas, Costa Rica
International, $1,000 goes to:  Animal Care Center of St. John Inc., Saint John, Virgin Islands


State Winners:

204 grants and prizes

AK   $1,000 goes to:  Friends of Pets (Anchorage)
AK   100 Vaccinations go to:  Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral (Fairbanks)
AK   50 Pet Beds go to:  Loving Companions Animal Rescue Inc. (North Pole)
AK   20 Pet Beds go to:  Alaska Humane Society (Adopt-a-Cat) (Anchorage)
AL   $1,000 goes to:  Weimaraner Rescue of the South (Birmingham)
AL   100 Vaccinations go to:  Humane Society of Elmore County (Wetumpka)
AL   50 Pet Beds go to:  Prattville/Autauga Humane Society (Prattville)
AR   $1,000 goes to:  Humane Society of Independence County (Batesville)
AR   100 Vaccinations go to:  Wynne Friends of Animals (Wynne)
AR   50 Pet Beds go to:  Feline Rescue and Rehome (Little Rock)
AR   20 Pet Beds go to:  Humane Society of North Central Arkansas (Mountain Home)
AZ   $1,000 goes to:  Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary (Scottsdale)
AZ   100 Vaccinations go to:  Humane Society of Southern Arizona (Tucson)
AZ   50 Pet Beds go to:  Animal League of Green Valley (Green Valley)
AZ   20 Pet Beds go to:  Medical Animals In Need (M.A.I.N.) (Phoenix)
CA   $1,000 goes to:  Westside German Shepherd Rescue of LA (Los Angeles)
CA   100 Vaccinations go to:  MeoowzResQ (Orange)
CA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Dachshund PAWS (Corona)
CA   20 Pet Beds go to:  TOPCats on the Ridge Inc. (Paradise)
CO   $1,000 goes to:  Colorado Greyhound Adoption (Littleton)
CO   100 Vaccinations go to:  MaxFund Animal Adoption Center (Denver)
CO   50 Pet Beds go to:  Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (Denver)
CO   20 Pet Beds go to:  Every Creature Counts (Fort Lupton)
CT   $1,000 goes to:  The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter (New Haven)
CT   100 Vaccinations go to:  Meriden Humane Society (Meriden)
CT   50 Pet Beds go to:  Animal Rescue Foundation Inc. (Terryville)
CT   20 Pet Beds go to:  Dachshund Rescue and Pet Services (Killingworth)
DC   $1,000 goes to:  Washington Animal Rescue League (Washington)
DC   100 Vaccinations go to:  Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (Washington)
DC   50 Pet Beds go to:  City Dogs Rescue (Washington)
DC   20 Pet Beds go to:  K-9 Lifesavers (Washington)
DE   $1,000 goes to:  Forgotten Cats Inc. (Claymont)
DE   100 Vaccinations go to:  Response-a-Bull Rescue (Wilmington)
DE   50 Pet Beds go to:  Senior Dog Haven & Hospice Inc. (Wilmington)
DE   20 Pet Beds go to:  DE SPCA - Sussex Chapter (Georgetown)
FL   $1,000 goes to:  Pawsibilities (Port Orange)
FL   100 Vaccinations go to:  Pet Rescue by Judy (Sanford)
FL   50 Pet Beds go to:  Second Chance Rescue aka Another Chance Animal Rescue Inc. (Bunnell)
FL   20 Pet Beds go to:  A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue (Royal Palm Beach)
GA   $1,000 goes to:  Angels Among Us Pet Rescue Inc. (Alpharetta)
GA   100 Vaccinations go to:  IMPS - Internet Miniature Pinscher Service Inc - AL/GA region (Atlanta)
GA   50 Pet Beds go to:  New Beginnings Schipperke Rescue Volunteers (Valdosta)
GA   20 Pet Beds go to:  NCHS - Newnan Coweta Humane Society (Newnan)
HI   $1,000 goes to:  9th Life Hawaii (Makawao)
HI   100 Vaccinations go to:  AdvoCATS Hawaii (Kailua Kona)
HI   50 Pet Beds go to:  The East Maui Animal Refuge (Haiku)
HI   20 Pet Beds go to:  Joey's Feline Friends (Kaneohe)
IA   $1,000 goes to:  Harrison County Humane Society of Iowa (Logan)
IA   100 Vaccinations go to:  Lusco Farms Rescue (Malvern)
IA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Animal Rescue League of Iowa Inc. (Des Moines)
IA   20 Pet Beds go to:  Denison City Pound (Denison)
ID   $1,000 goes to:  Pocatello Animal Shelter (Pocatello)
ID   100 Vaccinations go to:  Boise Bully Breed Rescue (Boise)
ID   50 Pet Beds go to:  People for Pets-MVHS inc. (Twin Falls)
ID   20 Pet Beds go to:  Canyon County Animal Shelter (Caldwell)
IL   $1,000 goes to:  Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (La Salle)
IL   100 Vaccinations go to:  Animal Welfare League (Chicago Ridge)
IL   50 Pet Beds go to:  Save-A-Pet (Grayslake)
IL   20 Pet Beds go to:  The Buddy Foundation (Arlington Heights)
IN   $1,000 goes to:  Our Lil Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue and Sanctuary (Poland)
IN   100 Vaccinations go to:  Giant Paw Prints Inc. (Valparaiso)
IN   50 Pet Beds go to:  Pet Refuge (Mishawaka)
IN   20 Pet Beds go to:  Waldo's Muttley Crew (Indianapolis)
KS   $1,000 goes to:  Atchison Animal Control (Atchison)
KS   100 Vaccinations go to:  Helping Hands Humane Society (Topeka)
KS   50 Pet Beds go to:  Ulysses Kansas Animal Shelter (Ulysses)
KS   20 Pet Beds go to:  Great Plains SPCA (Merriam)
KY   $1,000 goes to:  No Kill Louisville (Louisville)
KY   100 Vaccinations go to:  Logan County Humane Society (Russellville)
KY   50 Pet Beds go to:  Lawrence County Humane Society(KY) (Louisa)
KY   20 Pet Beds go to:  Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs (Louisville)
LA   $1,000 goes to:  Animal Aid for Vermilion Area (Abbeville)
LA   100 Vaccinations go to:  Hobo Hotel for Cats (Lake Charles)
LA   50 Pet Beds go to:  ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans) (New Orleans)
LA   20 Pet Beds go to:  Tangi Humane Society (Hammond)
MA   $1,000 goes to:  Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Leverett location (Leverett)
MA   100 Vaccinations go to:  House Rabbit Network (Woburn)
MA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Northeast Animal Shelter (Salem)
MA   20 Pet Beds go to:  Town of Webster Animal Control (Webster)
MD   $1,000 goes to:  Allegany County Animal Shelter (Cumberland)
MD   100 Vaccinations go to:  Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Woodbine)
MD   50 Pet Beds go to:  Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) (Baltimore)
MD   20 Pet Beds go to:  Humane Society of Harford County (Fallston)
ME   $1,000 goes to:  Animal Refuge League (Westbrook)
ME   100 Vaccinations go to:  Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) (Cumberland)
ME   50 Pet Beds go to:  Second Chance Boxer Rescue - New England (Woolwich)
ME   20 Pet Beds go to:  The Ark (Cherryfield)
MI   $1,000 goes to:  Crash's Landing Cat Rescue & Placement Center (Grand Rapids)
MI   100 Vaccinations go to:  OSCEOLA COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL (Reed City)
MI   50 Pet Beds go to:  Carol's Ferals and Friendlies (Grand Rapids)
MI   20 Pet Beds go to:  Adopt-A-Pet Inc. (Fenton)
MN   $1,000 goes to:  Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota Inc. (Minnetonka)
MN   100 Vaccinations go to:  Feline Rescue Inc. (Saint Paul)
MN   50 Pet Beds go to:  PNC Midwest Rescue (Owatonna)
MN   20 Pet Beds go to:  Beltrami Humane Society (Bemidji)
MO   $1,000 goes to:  4 the Hounds Basset Rescue Inc. (Reeds Spring)
MO   100 Vaccinations go to:  Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter (Kansas City)
MO   50 Pet Beds go to:  SEMO Animal Rescue Alliance Inc (Lilbourn)
MO   20 Pet Beds go to:  Stray Rescue of St. Louis (Saint Louis)
MS   $1,000 goes to:  Belzoni Animal Rescue Kennel (Belzoni)
MS   100 Vaccinations go to:  Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Inc. (CARA) (Jackson)
MS   50 Pet Beds go to:  Tunica Humane Society (Tunica)
MS   20 Pet Beds go to:  Animal Rescue Fund of MS (Jackson)
MT   $1,000 goes to:  Rez Dog Rescue of Montana (Hardin)
MT   100 Vaccinations go to:  Rimrock Humane Society (Roundup)
MT   50 Pet Beds go to:  Pet Paw-see (Great Falls)
MT   20 Pet Beds go to:  Cut Bank Animal Shelter (Cut Bank)
NC   $1,000 goes to:  Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue (Waxhaw)
NC   100 Vaccinations go to:  Carolina Boxer Rescue Inc. (Wilmington)
NC   50 Pet Beds go to:  Goathouse Refuge Inc. (Pittsboro)
NC   20 Pet Beds go to:  Guilford County Animal Shelter (Greensboro)
ND   $1,000 goes to:  CATS Cradle Shelter Inc (Fargo)
ND   100 Vaccinations go to:  4 Luv Of Dog Rescue (Fargo)
ND   50 Pet Beds go to:  Souris Valley Animal Shelter (Minot)
ND   20 Pet Beds go to:  Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead (Fargo)
NE   $1,000 goes to:  Start Over Rover Inc. (Hastings)
NE   100 Vaccinations go to:  Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha)
NE   50 Pet Beds go to:  Hearts United for Animals (Auburn)
NE   20 Pet Beds go to:  The Cat House (Lincoln)
NH   $1,000 goes to:  NHSPCA (Stratham)
NH   100 Vaccinations go to:  Concord-Merrimack County SPCA (Penacook)
NH   50 Pet Beds go to:  Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter (Manchester)
NH   20 Pet Beds go to:  Cocheco Valley Humane Society (Dover)
NJ   $1,000 goes to:  The Last Resort (West Milford)
NJ   100 Vaccinations go to:  Popcorn Park / AHS-Forked River (Forked River)
NJ   50 Pet Beds go to:  Seer Farms Inc. (Jackson)
NJ   20 Pet Beds go to:  Diamonds in a Ruff Rescue (Pompton Lakes)
NM   $1,000 goes to:  New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better (Rio Rancho)
NM   100 Vaccinations go to:  Animal Humane New Mexico (Albuquerque)
NM   50 Pet Beds go to:  Stray Hearts Animal Shelter (Taos)
NM   20 Pet Beds go to:  FAT KATZ (Albuquerque)
NV   $1,000 goes to:  Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue (Henderson)
NV   100 Vaccinations go to:  Nevada Humane Society (Reno)
NV   50 Pet Beds go to:  Heaven Can Wait Animal Society (Las Vegas)
NV   20 Pet Beds go to:  Douglas Animal Welfare Group (Gardnerville)
NY   $1,000 goes to:  SBU Cat Network (Stony Brook)
NY   100 Vaccinations go to:  Little Shelter Animal Rescue (Huntington)
NY   50 Pet Beds go to:  Hi-Tor Animal Care Center (Pomona)
NY   20 Pet Beds go to:  Posh Pets Rescue (New York)
OH   $1,000 goes to:  Friendship Animal Protective League (Elyria)
OH   100 Vaccinations go to:  Close to Home Animal Rescue (McDonald)
OH   50 Pet Beds go to:  Cat Welfare Association (Columbus)
OH   20 Pet Beds go to:  Lake Humane Society (Mentor)
OK   $1,000 goes to:  Hands Helping Paws Inc. (Norman)
OK   100 Vaccinations go to:  Ahimsa Rescue Foundation (Muldrow)
OK   50 Pet Beds go to:  Okmulgee Humane Society (Okmulgee)
OK   20 Pet Beds go to:  Free To Live (Edmond)
OR   $1,000 goes to:  Hopes Haven (Salem)
OR   100 Vaccinations go to:  Rogue Valley Humane Society (Grants Pass)
OR   50 Pet Beds go to:  Second Chance Salem LLC (Salem)
OR   20 Pet Beds go to:  Greenhill Humane Society SPCA (Eugene)
PA   $1,000 goes to:  Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (Reinholds)
PA   100 Vaccinations go to:  Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue (Newville)
PA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Adopt a boxer rescue (Dickson City)
PA   20 Pet Beds go to:  The Grannie Project (Wayne)
RI   $1,000 goes to:  Pet Refuge (North Kingstown)
RI   100 Vaccinations go to:  West Warwick Animal Shelter (West Warwick)
RI   50 Pet Beds go to:  Rhode Island SPCA (Riverside)
RI   20 Pet Beds go to:  PawsWatch (Newport)
SC   $1,000 goes to:  Humane Society of McCormick County Inc. (McCormick)
SC   100 Vaccinations go to:  Marion County Animal Shelter (Mullins)
SC   50 Pet Beds go to:  Carolina Poodle Rescue (Spartanburg)
SC   20 Pet Beds go to:  Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue (Greenville)
SD   $1,000 goes to:  Luv-A-Chin Rescue (Sioux Falls)
SD   100 Vaccinations go to:  Heartland Humane Society (Yankton)
SD   50 Pet Beds go to:  Humane Society of The Black Hills (Rapid City)
SD   20 Pet Beds go to:  Beadle County Humane Society (Huron)
TN   $1,000 goes to:  Tennessee Death Row Dogs Inc (Spring Hill)
TN   100 Vaccinations go to:  Life House Animal Refuge And Rehabilitation (Mount Juliet)
TN   50 Pet Beds go to:  Angels Among Us Animal Rescue (Brighton)
TN   20 Pet Beds go to:  Tipton County Animal Shelter (Brighton)
TX   $1,000 goes to:  Basenji Rescue and Transport (BRAT) (Garland)
TX   100 Vaccinations go to:  Catahoula Rescue Inc. (Austin)
TX   50 Pet Beds go to:  DFW Pug Rescue (Grapevine)
TX   20 Pet Beds go to:  Texas Husky Rescue (Carrollton)
UT   $1,000 goes to:  Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab)
UT   100 Vaccinations go to:  BECAUSE ANIMALS MATTER (BAM) (Hurricane)
UT   50 Pet Beds go to:  Utah Friends of Basset Hounds (Salt Lake City)
UT   20 Pet Beds go to:  Companion Golden Retriever Rescue (West Jordan)
VA   $1,000 goes to:  Rikkis Refuge (Orange)
VA   100 Vaccinations go to:  Fancy Cats Rescue Team (Herndon)
VA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Virginia German Shepherd Rescue Inc. (Sterling)
VA   20 Pet Beds go to:  Humane Society of Warren County VA (Front Royal)
VT   $1,000 goes to:  TARPS (The Animal Rescue and Protection Society) (Chester)
VT   100 Vaccinations go to:  Rutland County Humane Society (Pittsford)
VT   50 Pet Beds go to:  Central Vermont Humane Society (East Montpelier)
VT   20 Pet Beds go to:  Addison County Humane Society (Middlebury)
WA   $1,000 goes to:  Greyhound Pets Inc. (Woodinville)
WA   100 Vaccinations go to:  Old Dog Haven (Arlington)
WA   50 Pet Beds go to:  Kitten Rescue of Mason County (Shelton)
WA   20 Pet Beds go to:  MEOW Cat Rescue (Kirkland)
WI   $1,000 goes to:  South Wood County Humane Society (Wisconsin Rapids)
WI   100 Vaccinations go to:  Cocker Spaniel Resources Inc. DATCP 271893-DS (Hudson)
WI   50 Pet Beds go to:  Oshkosh Area Humane Society (Oshkosh)
WI   20 Pet Beds go to:  Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary Inc. (Marion)
WV   $1,000 goes to:  Humane Society of Raleigh County Inc. (Beckley)
WV   100 Vaccinations go to:  PURR West Virginia Inc. (Grafton)
WV   50 Pet Beds go to:  Little Victories Animal Rescue Group (Barboursville)
WV   20 Pet Beds go to:  Big Dogs Rescue (Hacker Valley)
WY   $1,000 goes to:  Animal Humane Association of Star Valley (Thayne)
WY   100 Vaccinations go to:  Cheyenne Animal Shelter (Cheyenne)
WY   50 Pet Beds go to:  Red Desert Humane Society (Rock Springs)
WY   20 Pet Beds go to:  Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter Inc. (Sheridan)


Update August 2013:

Some winners from the first part of the year have not responded to Petfinder Foundation's request for delivery instructions for pet beds or vaccinations. If an organization does not respond or declines a prize, and Petfinder Foundation will determine another suitable beneficiary.

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