Welcome to The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge — together with Petfinder.com.
Now you can help The Animal Rescue Site choose which eligible Petfinder.com animal rescue organizations will receive special funds to help animals! Voting is simple: just select your Country and (if U.S. or Canada) State/Province. All other fields are optional and accept partial (but not misspelled or inaccurate) information. You can cast one vote every day for your favorite rescue organization.
If you're having trouble finding your favorite Petfinder.com member rescue organization, please double-check your spelling to make sure it's correct and matches your organization's exact name. Note that "optional" fields are not required for your search, and that they accept partial information. For example, you could enter "Lon" instead of "London" in the "City" field, and "Fluff" or "Farm" instead of "Fluffy's Famous Farm For Family Furballs" in the "Shelter Name" Field. Remember that, to be eligible, the rescue organization must be a registered member of Petfinder.com!
Seventy-three grants will be awarded for a total of $100,000 to eligible Petfinder.com members. Final prizes will go to the eligible Petfinder.com organization with the highest accumulative votes for the duration of the Challenge as specified in the rules.
Voting begins on September 14th, 2009, and ends at midnight (PST) on December 20th, 2009. The more friends you can rally to vote for your favorite rescue organization, the better its chances of winning. Every vote, every day counts - shelters can pull ahead even during the last few days with enough support. Get people involved! Your favorite rescue organization is counting on you!
Eligible organizations with the most votes could receive a weekly prize and/or one of the other grants below:
Grand Prize: One $20,000 grant!
Second Prize: One $5,000 grant!
Third Prize: One $3,000 grant!
New! Most Touching Story: Two $2,000 grants!
(judged by The Animal Rescue Site)
State Winners*: Fifty-one $1,000 state grants
(50 U.S. states and Washington DC)
Canadian Winners*: Two $1,000 grants will be awarded
International Winner*: One $1,000 grant will be awarded.
Weekly Winners** Fourteen $1,000 grants will be awarded.
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*The Petfinder.com organization with the most votes from each U.S. state, one in Washington D.C., the top two organizations in Canada, and one organization located internationally will receive a grant of $1,000 at the end of the Challenge. Winners of the Grand Prize, Second, Third, or Judged prizes are not eligible for state or regional grants — in these cases, the award will go to the next eligible organization with the highest accumulative votes as specified in the rules. Winners of the Grand Prize are no longer eligible for the Grand Prize, Second, or Third prizes awarded in subequent Shelter+ Challenges during the same calendar year, but remain eligible for state and weekly prizes. All other shelters, regardless of size or location, are eligible to win the Grand Prize!
**The Petfinder.com organization with the most votes during a week will receive a grant of $1,000. Each weekly voting period begins on a Monday and ends at midnight PST the following Sunday. Participants are eligible for only one weekly prize during the Challenge. Winning a weekly prize does not preclude receiving a final prize.
Wondering what Shelter+ means? The Petfinder.com network is full of many types of rescue organizations, including shelters, humane societies, and foster networks. All of Petfinder.com rescue organizations who have chosen to participate are included in the $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge.