From Sept. 22 to Nov. 1, 2008, Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com sponsored our first “America’s Favorite Animal Shelter” contest to raise awareness of the need for pet rescue and adoption and to reward rescue groups and shelters around the country for the hard work they do every day to save homeless animals’ lives.
The results are in, and America’s Favorite Animal Shelter is Independent Animal Rescue Inc. (IAR) of Durham, North Carolina!
IAR is a non-profit, no-kill rescue group that saves animals who are found as strays or originate from local shelters, where they are in danger of euthanasia. IAR places the animals with volunteer foster homes and pays for vet care and animal supplies. IAR also provides spay and neutering for pets of disadvantaged families, as well as behavior dog training.
“The $10,000 prize means everything to homeless animals in our region,” said Jennifer Naylor, president of IAR. “Last year, IAR volunteers saved over 500 animals from uncertain futures; with this generous donation we will be able to save even more dogs and cats this year. In addition, IAR will be able to expand our feral cat and community spay and neuter programs by financing more sterilization surgeries for cats and pets of low-income families.”
The response to our contest was amazing. Over 200,000 people voted for more than 5,000 animal shelters and rescue groups. People told stories of the animals they have adopted, of the dedication and love that the tireless volunteers at these groups show to rescued animals, and of their hope that their favorite group could win a much-needed and much-deserved donation to save even more animals.
Ten dedicated organizations won prizes in our contest. The top vote getting runners up are:
- Second Place: NorCal Boxer Rescue of Richardson, TX
- Third Place: Southern California Bulldog Rescue of Santa Ana, CA
- Fourth Place: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) of Fairfax Station, VA
- Fifth Place: Small Paws Rescue of Tulsa, OK
And the five lucky groups that won our weekly $1,000 prizes are:
- Community Cat Connection in Webster, MA
- Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana in Lafayette, LA
- Sound Pet Animal Rescue and Referral (SPARR) in Cary, NC
- Rescue Angels in Arlington, VA
- Wyandotte Animal Control in Wyandotte, MI
If you missed this first contest, have no fear–you can help homeless animals this holiday season by casting your vote in our holiday contest for your favorite local rescue group or shelter and help make 2009 A New Year of Hope for Animals!