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Three More Challenge Winners Announced

Winners this week continue to come from all over:  Mexico, Montana, and North Carolina. All will receive $1,000 grants funded by The Animal Rescue Site and distributed by Petfinder Foundation and

Because many winners are first-time, the excitement level is high in their communities and thousands of votes are being successfully cast every day.  There’s still more than 200 grants and other prizes let to be decided in the ninth and final week of the Shelter Challenge. 

The $100,000 Shelter Challenge continues through October 13 at

The Week 8 (September 30 to October 6) Shelter+ Challenge Winners are:

Weekly Winner

Shelter Name:  Tierra de Animales AC
Located in:  Cancun, Mexico

Recruiter Winners

Shelter Name:  RezQ Dogs
Located in:  Dodson, MT, United States

Shelter Name:  Wake County Animal Center
Located in:  Raleigh, NC, United States

*Organizations only can win one Weekly award (for most votes cast between Monday and Sunday that week) and one Recruiter award (for most recruits by a single person) per Shelter Challenge round as per the Rules.

Organizations will receive $1,000 grant for every weekly, recruiter, or story award. Organizations must have registered their nonprofit status and a working mail address, and be able to accept funds as a check drawn upon a U.S. bank as part of the condition of these grants.

All winners are responsible for reporting back to Petfinder Foundation and about how these funds were used. You can read these stories at Shelter Challenge News.


Previous winners (first time winners marked in bold) this round were:

Weekly Winners*

Week 1: Purrfect Pals, Arlington, WA
Week 2: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, St. Pauls, NC
Week 3: The Cat House on the Kings, Parlier, CA
Week 4: Friends of Dekalb Animals in Clarkston, GA
Week 5: Noah’s Arks Rescue in Okatie, SC
Week 6: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville, TN
Week 7: Adote um Gatinho in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Recruiter Winners*

Week 1:  Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption, of Mission, KS, and Oklahoma Westie Rescue of Bixby, OK.
Week 2:  Friends of DeKalb Animals Inc, of Clarkston, GA, and Cape Breton SPCA, of Sydney, NS (Canada)
Week 3: Beautys Haven Farm and Equine Rescue Inc of Morriston, FL, and Lenawee Humane Society of Adrian, MI.
Week 4: Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in Corning, NY, and Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary Inc in Rockford, IL.
Week 5: Lida Sez Olbia in Olibia, Italy, and Purrfect Pals in Arlington, WA
Week 6: Natalie's Second Chance in Lafayette, IN and Rikki’s Refuge in Orange, VA
Week 7: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville, TN, and Macon Purrs N Paws in Macon, GA.

Story Winners

Story Contest 1 (Week 3):  Boston Terrier Rescue of Nottawa, ON (Canada) for Me And My Shadow; Lenawee Humane Society of Adrian, MI, for A Bear By My Side; and San Diego House Rabbit Society of San Diego, CA, for Purrfect Pals.

Story Contest 2 (Week 6): Tierra de Animales AC in Cancun, Mexico for Love At First Sight; Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary in Scottsdale, AZ for Van Gogh; and S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue of Northeast Florida in St. Augustine, FL for Because of Yellow Dog.

Voting is currently taking place for Week 9 story finalists. Only stories selected as finalists can be voted for, and final determination of grants is based upon the votes received.   The top three vote-getters receive a $1,000 grant as per the rules.

Funding for the Shelter Challenge is provided by The Animal Rescue Site. Grants are distributed by and Petfinder Foundation as per Challenge rules. See Shelter Challenge News for weekly announcements of winners as well as stories from past winners.

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