It Takes Heart (and Hard Work) to Win this Challenge

Woo hoo! I am thrilled to announce the results are in for the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.  This year’s challenge shelters saved 56,232 dogs and cats across the country! That’s an increase of 14,376 more lives saved than last year. The first place winner, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, saved a total of 4,054 lives during the course of the challenge. Check out the entire list of winners at

What truly makes this challenge a success are the stories of dogs and cats that found their perfect families. Like Maggie, who arrived at the City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control this summer.  She was incredibly thin, pregnant and in pretty rough shape. After giving birth and weaning her pups, she was spayed and adopted by the Hickoks family during the $100K Challenge. Like many of the dogs and cats adopted during the challenge, Maggie found her new loving home. She fit in instantly with her new family. They reported that her happy and persistent nature refuses to believe that the cats will not play with her.  Her kisses are delivered frequently, at lightning speed to the kids while playing “Chase-Me-Around-The-Yard!”.  Maggie’s story reminds us why the Challenge is so important.

Congratulations to all of the winners and a giant round of applause to all the staff and volunteers at the 50 contestant shelters who worked tirelessly to help more than 56,000 animals and their new families.

Bert Troughton

Vice President


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