Foothills Animal Shelter in Jefferson County has been selected as a part of 50 animal shelters across the nation to compete in the fifth and final year of the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge (See previous LPE post Foothills Animal Shelter selected to the $100K Challenge). The challenge runs the three months of June, July and August and the July results have just been added. Foothills Animal Shelter is still first in its division and is fourth in overall in this project.
Through July 31, Foothills saved 1,720 lives (dogs and cats), which is 534 more animals that at this time last year. That is an incredible number. The ASPCA is reporting that the 50 participating shelters have saved a total of 43,959 animals, a combined increase of 9,198 of these last two month in 2013. What does all this mean for the “winners”? More pets in forever homes and more lives saved.
Another Colorado shelter, The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, is also participating in the challenge and is currently in sixth place overall and in sixth place in Division 5. Foothills is in Division 4, for shelter caring for between 7,001 and 11,000 animal annually.
Even for those unable to adopt a dog or cat this summer, people can still get involved in helping Foothills Animal Shelter with the challenge. During August, the shelter is involved in a separate separate ASPCA/Facebook voting contest. First guests must “like” the shelter’s Facebook page. Then people can go to the Foothills website to vote daily for the shelter. The top three shelters with the highest number of Facebook votes during August challenge will receive a $25,000 Community Engagement Award. Jennifer Strickland, Director of Community Relations and Development at Foothill says this award could help save more lives.
“With the average cost of care being $247 per animal (of the 9,000 animals cared for annually,) $25,000 could help save an additional 100 animals.”
Starting today through Sunday, August 24, take part in the Rescue Me Adoption Special. All pets six months and older will be half off. The same adoption process still applies and adoption fees cover spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and a health check.
Foothills Animal Shelter provides valuable pet services to the community including pet adoptions, licensing, and lost and found, along with affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations and micropchipping to the public. The shelter is an open-admissions facility, which means the organization never turns away any animal and the shelter cares for over 9,000 orphaned pets each year. To learn more about Foothills Animal Shelter visit the website www.foothillsanimalshelter.org or the Facebook page.
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