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2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Kicks Off Saturday at Shelters Nationwide

Animal shelters compete for chance at $600,000 in prize grants for saving more animals

NEW YORK-The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is gearing up for tomorrow’s start of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where a total of $600,000 in prize grants are up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.

The 49 contestants will work to save more animals – during the months of June, July and August 2013 – than they did over the same three-month period in 2012. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011.

“Starting at midnight tonight and continuing through the weekend, shelters in 30 states and territories across this country will kick off their run in the contest with major adoption events,” says Bert Troughton, vice president of Community Outreach at the ASPCA. “If you’re thinking about making a pet a part of your family, there is no better time than right now to head to your nearest contestant and help them be a part of this record-breaking year of saving lives.”

The 49 contestants in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge are:

  • Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Mobile County Animal Control in Mobile, Ala.
  • Western Arizona Humane Society in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Butte Humane Society in Chico, Calif.
  • Hesperia Animal Control and Services in Hesperia, Calif.
  • Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in Moreno Valley, Calif.
  • San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control in San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Yolo County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Services in Woodland, Calif.
  • Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
  • Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater, Fla.
  • Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, Fla.
  • Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Pasco County Animal Services – FOAS, Inc. in Land O’ Lakes, Fla.
  • Osceola County Animal Services in St. Cloud, Fla.
  • Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, Ga.
  • Humane Society for Greater Savannah in Savannah, Ga.
  • Canyon County Animal Shelter in Caldwell, Idaho
  • South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, Ill.
  • Macon County Animal Control and Care Center in Decatur, Ill.
  • Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette, Ind.
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kan.
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston in Boston, Mass.
  • Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, Mich.
  • Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, Mich.
  • Humane Society of Midland County in Midland, Mich.
  • Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Miss.
  • Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Mo.
  • The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Eleventh Hour Rescue in Randolph, N.J.
  • Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, N.C.
  • Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee, Ohio
  • Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Providence Animal Rescue League in Providence, R.I.
  • Anderson County P.A.W.S. in Anderson, S.C.
  • Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Jurupa, S.C.
  • Unicoi County Animal Shelter in Erwin, Tenn.
  • Beaumont Animal Services in Beaumont, Texas
  • City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, Texas
  • Houston Humane Society in Houston, Texas
  • Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas
  • Salt Lake County Animal Services in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Sumerduck, Va.
  • Virginia Beach SPCA in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Cheyenne Animal Shelter in Cheyenne. Wyo.

The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. 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.

All her life, Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create a pet food called Nutrish® to raise money for animals in need.  Ray donates 100 percent of her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish® to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.

The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. For more information about the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, please visit

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is best known as the host of the hit syndicated Emmy Award winning daytime television show “Rachael Ray” produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment.   Rachael’s warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity also reach millions of fans through her popular Food Network shows, her lifestyle magazine Everyday with Rachael Ray, her bestselling cookbooks, her digital home base, her signature line of cookware manufactured by Meyer, her meal transport products by RR Accessories and her pantry products by Colavita.  In 2007, Rachael launched the Yum-o! organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking and in 2008 she partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to create a line of pet food with all of her proceeds being donated to organizations that help animals in need. For more information, visit

About Rachael’s Rescue TM and Nutrish

In 2008, Rachael Ray partnered with pet nutrition experts from Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to develop a line of super premium food and treats for dogs called Rachael Ray Nutrish®. Rachael Ray Nutrish® is made with simple, natural ingredients and includes three full-feeding varieties featuring real meat as the first ingredient – Real Chicken and Veggies, Real Beef and Brown Rice, and Healthy Weight with Real Turkey. All of Ray’s proceeds from each sale of Rachael Ray Nutrish®, Just 6® food and treats for dogs and the Nutrish® Healthy Weight lines are donated to organizations that help animals in need through Rachael’s RescueTM. So, not only are Nutrish® products great for your dog, they’re great for countless other dogs as well.


11 Responses to “2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Kicks Off Saturday at Shelters Nationwide”

  1. amy hobson says:

    Go KC and WaySide—Thanks so much to you all at Wayside–You watched over my Kiddos while We (me and kids went into DV Shelter)–thanks to you–when we came back out on the other end of things…We got to keep our animals!–You guys go Above and Beyond!–not only were we able to find a new place to Be SAFE, the kids and I didnt have to Lose our Furry Friends! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!–I only Pray you find Great homes for the Furry guys there! God Bless the Animals….
    Check the statistics–its astounding–how many people stay in “Undesirable (DV) Situations” because they are concerned about their animals!–Wayside Waifs was there for me–and my Children, so they felt “Okay” too. God Bless You and all you do..for the Animals and for Those Who Care about them
    Thanks to you CARING so Much about My situation–our Dogs were placed in “small white dog rescue” and sent on the Highway of Love and living better than we we do–Such comfort to the Boys…as Its hard enuf to have to leave your home and go miles away to Be Safe—Thanks to them…We got to say goodbye–and as much as it hurt to see them go..We knew that Your Staff send them on the Right Road! We know in our hearts they would be Okay!—–In the Meantime, The shelter watched over our Cats and when we moved in to Our New Home–We were able to get them and —it really helped that “Some” of our little Family was there–It gave the boys a “Constant Comfort”…and I Cannot Thank You Enough! Thank You Wayside–ABOVE and BEYOND!–I only hope, as I advocate for DV and Single Moms–I want to start a FOSTER for DV Victims…its astounding how many of US Dont leave becuz of the animals–I know–I was one–I WANT TO GIVE RELIEF TO OTHERS –but I wouldnt have LEARNED IT Without WAYSIDE WAIFS, KC! GOD BLESS!

  2. Concerned Animal Lover says:

    I am very concerned with the way South Suburban Humane Society is running this contest. They are giving away free dogs and cats and doing same day adoptions, without doing home visits or background/reference checks. This is very alarming because the area is known for dog fighting, and animal abuse. Also they are telling people to bring in their own dogs into the shelter and have them be “readopted” so they can count it as an adoptions. South Suburban Is a High Shelter and does not deserve to be in this contest. The directors are liars, and crooks, and only think of themselves. This needs to be investigated. Please do my vote for SSHS, let this go to a deserving shelter, where the staff cares about the animals, not just a paycheck.

  3. Carla Nibs says:

    A local horse rescue is not able to participate in this challenge because they do not take in 1500+ animals but would you considering supporting them a bit. they are a 501(C)# non profit and here is a couple news articles about just one recent rescue

    Please consider supporting them as they do make a difference here in Arizona

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  5. darlene bunet says:

    I have a rescue, so we must also encourage more people to adopt the animals that you are asking the shelters to save. I am looking!!!!!!!!

  6. CA Rescue says:

    Love the shelter challenge, however there are some perhaps unintended casualties of this due to some shelters being all about numbers and not about following laws in regard to puppies.

    In California the Hayden Act mandates that shelters with moms and nursing pups or puppies 8 weeks and younger need to be made available to rescue. There are obvious reasons for this, including the fact that ALL pets upon adoption from a California shelter must be spayed or neutered. When you have shelters that are over crowded and refusing to vaccinate on intake to save money and then go ahead and s/n young pups so they can go to adoption events to boost the numbers for the adoption tally there is something really wrong with this and once again animals are being exploited for a shot at money. We just today were not allowed to pull a nursing mom and puppies from a southern california shelter because they plan to send the puppies to an adoption event this coming weekend after the holiday. That means these puppies who are not yet weaned and have had no vaccinations yet, are going to be sent out for s/n and then hauled to a two day adoption event to see if they can be “adopted”. How is this not exploiting animals? Is there any interest of the shelter challenge to look into this and perhaps do something to prevent it? As a responsible rescue we get all, pups and adults, over illness, then fully vaccinated (pups every 2-3 weeks for three boosters, adults 2 boosters) and then s/n so they don’t get sick and especially they don’t get pneumonia. It minimizes stress for them and ensures they are as healthy and well adjusted as possible. CA shelters pretty much all have kennel cough, parainfluenza virus, distemper, parvo, mycoplasma, giardia, coccidia and whip worms. It is our standard protocol to treat with medicines for mycoplasma and giardia now because at least 90% come out with it. We are seeing many CA shelters send 7 week pups out for s/n and vaccines in the same day. Some get adopted and some get rescued in the nick of time when they get sick. When the pups get sick that is when shelters call rescues to take them – and it costs us about $500 or more a pup to get them through. Also a great many do not get rescued or are just euthanized at the shelter when they show sings of getting sick. There’s got to be a better way!

  7. CA Rescue says:

    Also want to add, I think it would be helpful for the animals if RR Shelter Challenge required participating shelters to have a minimum standard of care for their animals including vaccinate on intake. If interested I would be glad to provide the many studies that show clearly why this is best practice for shelters, minimizes illness and even boosts adoption rates. Local people do not like to adopt at sick shelters and believe me they know because the stories circulate quickly.

  8. nikki says:

    Hi!! I have a question regarding Rachael Rays animal grant. Im currently a college student and would like to get my cat neutered. Is there a way I can contact someone or how can I be apart of this grant? if someone can please give me a number or website please let me know! thanks!

  9. Steve Carpenteri says:

    How can an “animal advocate” be so selective. All week long she slaughters cows, pigs, lambs, turkeys, chickens, ducks and whatever else she’s cooking but then gets all glossy-eyed over puppies and kittens. Plus, her new pet food includes MEAT derived from animals, birds and fish killed specifically as ingredients for a healthy pet. This is all just illogical, hypocritical and outrageous. What’s worse is she’s not alone in her “thinking.” Phony is as phony does.

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