Animal Shelters To Compete For $100,000 Grant

Big Bear Lake and Devore Animal Shelters have been chosen to compete for up to $10,000 in grants as part of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

By Michael P. Neufeld

San Bernardino, CA – The Big Bear Lake and Devore Animal Shelters have qualified for a $100K grant.

The Mega Pet Adoption event in June will put families in touch with adoptable dogs and cats. (Photo by Dodo Bird/Wikimedia Commons)

But to claim the top prize it’s going to be up to local residents to help the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control Program (ACC) have a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000 in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The two animal shelters will be among 50 of the nation’s shelters competing in the challenge.

NATIONWIDE COMPETITION

The 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their individual communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before.

The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our team, and the residents and businesses of San Bernardino County to get involved in – to help connect hundreds of the beautiful, fun, loving cats and dogs in our shelters with the right families,” Brian Cronin, Chief of Animal Care and Control, explained in a media release.

Working together, we will save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families, and we’ll have a shot at the $100,000 grant, which would enhance our veterinary care and subsidized spay/neuter services for animals received by our rescue group partners,” Cronin concluded.

CHALLENGE KICK-OFF

To kick off the contest, ACC will be conducting their 2nd Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption Event in June.

The Mega Pet Adoption Event is a fun filled event where families will be able to interact with and adopt available dogs and cats, and enjoy other various activities and entertainment.  Additional efforts being formalized to save more lives include weekend off-site pet adoption events, educational and awareness presentations, and special discounted promotions in which individuals can adopt pets at discounted rates.

Last year, new homes were found for 163 dogs and cats during the pet adoption event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information about the county’s participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, please call the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control Program at 1 (800) 472-5609 or visit ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL online. www.sbcounty.gov/acc. (1502)

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