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Free adoptions available Sunday at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden

Free adoptions are offered at Foothills Animal Shelter.
Free adoptions are offered at Foothills Animal Shelter.
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Foothills Animal Shelter is one of 50 shelters around the country selected to compete in a national adoption contest. The shelter will hold a free adoption day this Sunday to kick off its efforts win the $100,000 first prize.

The Golden shelter is competing in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.The 50 contestants will work to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2014 than they did over the same three-month period in 2013. The shelter saving the greatest number more wins the money.

This Sunday's kickoff event features free adoptions for all pets (the normal adoption process still applies). Included will be spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip and health check for dogs and cats. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the shelter, 580 McIntyre Street. Visit( see campaign ads, videos spoofing dating sites, view possible new companions, complete a compatibility quiz and find out how to help.

A second shelter, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, is the only other Colorado shelter competing. To kick off its participation, it will be having a countdown to adoption sale on Sunday, June 1. The goal is to adopt out 100 animals between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

First adopter of the day at the Colorado Springs shelter will receive $100 off their new pet''s adoption fee. The next animal will receive $99 off, continuing down to a regularly priced pet after 100 animals. More information:(

Last year's shelters in the national contest saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs, an increase of 12,050 over the same period in 2012.

"If you're at all considering making a pet part of your family, then this contest, which will feature major adoption events and promotions in communities across the country for the next three months, is the perfect time to do just that," says Bert Troughton, vice president of Community Outreach at the ASPCA( "We're gearing up for what we hope will be another record-breaking year, and the public will be an integral part of this life-saving mission."

A total of $600,000 in prize grants is up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs. Besides the grand prize, the contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants.

In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.

The Humane Society of the Boulder Valley( won the $100,000 grand prize in 2010.

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