Weekly Winner Of America’s Favorite Animal Shelter Announced

Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Texas was selected as the first weekly winner in the fourth annual America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest.  The contest is sponsored by Care2, Adopt-a-Pet.com and the ASPCA to honor animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Animal shelters and rescue groups need help more than ever due to the recession and an increase in abandoned pets.  America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest allows people to vote for the organization they think is doing the best job at helping homeless animals. 

The winning shelter will be awarded $15,000 and each week one of the top rated organizations with more than 25 votes for the week, will be presented with a $500 prize. 

Care2 has donated a total of $30,000 for this important project because, “We aim to offer hope and help to shelters and rescue groups who work tirelessly to care for homeless pets.”

Until the contest ends on July 10, the weekly winner will be highlighted to let readers learn more about each animal shelter or rescue group. 

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter is responsible for all of the “stray, injured, abandoned, neglected and mistreated animals” in the area.  On any given day there are 500 cats and dogs in their care. 

The organization is dedicated to finding adopted homes for every animal that crosses their doors.  They also work to stop pet overpopulation with low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for pet owners in the county. 

MCAS has a huge fan base of enthusiastic volunteers who are invited into the shelter to help with grooming, dog walking or just sitting quietly with a puppy or kitten in their nursery.

In their goal to be a no-kill shelter, MCAS offers a very unique adoption program for hard to place dogs called Diamond in the Ruff.  Each dog like Scooter (pictured above), gets a professional portrait to help them put their best paw forward.  MCAS says this about the program:

For some dogs, the road to adoption can be “ruff.” That’s why our Diamonds, dogs that have been at the shelter for over 60 days, are being offered for adoption at special prices.

Sometimes animals remain in the shelter for months and months for no good reason.  We have found that once these animals are placed in homes, they are the most loyal and loving animals.  They know you have rescued them and they are so grateful.

Their bio information is provided by our volunteers, so MCAS cannot vouch for any of the details. Additionally, there is always a reduced fee for long term residents and senior animals.  There is always a reduced fee if taking more than one animal.  Senior animals for senior people (over 65) are free.

Fans of MCAS told Care2, “Montgomery County Animal Shelter is full of compassionate, caring, staff and volunteers that go way above and beyond to do the best for each individual animal. It is heartwarming to see an animal come in to the shelter scared to death, afraid of everyone and everything, and to watch as someone steps up to help these animals learn how to trust people again. Everyone’s goal is not just to get our animals placed, but to help them find a forever home where they are part of a family.”

Click here to learn more about America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest and how to vote for an animal welfare group you think is working hard to help homeless animals.


Photo from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter/Sleeping Dogs Studio


KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B7 years ago


Alessandra C.

Thanks God there are such places!

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths7 years ago

Heartwarming stories after all the horrible things we read about abuse, cruelty and neglect.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley7 years ago

It's a shame that not all those who applied can't get assistance, but I'm glad that MCAS have got the funding too:-)

Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall7 years ago

I voted, and congratulations to this winner! Thanks for all you do for the animals.

Sam Eddy
Sam Eddy7 years ago

So glad there are people like this willing to care for these animals

Catherina P.
Catherine P7 years ago

God bless you all! Every want to help!

Pinke A.
Pinke A7 years ago

It is great comfort to know,that there are so many good people out there helping the animals in need,bless you all!

Tami Mendoza
Tami Mendoza7 years ago


Zulima Colon-Morton
Zulima Morton7 years ago

I'm very happy for the winners, shelters are suffering big time in this economy, every little bit help, I know first hand since I volunteer for a rescue group