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Shine a Light on a Shelter

Shine a Light on a Shelter

Calling all pet lovers! Nominate an animal shelter to receive a $10,000 grant from Purina ONE® beyOnd®.

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GOOD and Purina ONE® beyOnd® believe we can all make a positive difference when it comes to enriching the lives of shelter pets and moving them one step closer to finding forever homes. Purina ONE beyOnd supports a national network of shelters by providing food 24/7/365 for the pets awaiting adoption. And they’re actively partnering with shelters to help change the perception that a shelter pet is anything other than an awesome addition to a family.

There is so much good work going on in animal shelters across the country and we want to recognize it! Join the Shine a Light on a Shelter Challenge and you can win a $10,000 grant for a shelter you think goes above and beyond to make a positive difference.

Describe a story of how a local shelter makes the world a better place, and why that shelter should receive $10,000 to expand their good work. Nominations are open between June 28 and July 30 (noon Pacific Time). From July 30 to August 6 (noon Pacific Time), a panel of judges will select the top 40 submissions. From August 6 to August 20 we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

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Submission tips:

  • Include a photo or video that represents your shelter. Photos should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • Nominate an animal shelter; this organization would be the recipient of the $10,000 grant.
  • Describe the shelter and how they are working to change perceptions and find more homes for shelter animals.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at maker@goodinc.com.

Entries will not be displayed during the submission period. Once the panel of judges selects the top 40 submissions, those will be displayed during the voting period.

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from June 28 noon PT to July 30 noon PT.
  • A panel of judges will select the top 40 submissions.
  • Submissions will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from August 6 to August 20 noon PT.
  • The nominated shelter with the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
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I will be nominating "Puffy Paws Kitty Haven". They are a licensed no-kill shelter and hospice. Many of their kitties are not adoptable due to illness or behavioral problems.They exist on donations and all of their funds go to support the shelter. They don't sponsor fancy parties or dinners. They struggle on a daily basis to keep the doors open. Chrissy takes care of 200 kitties by herself every day. Rick runs the thrift store and begs for funds online every day. Please see for yourself at puffypawskittyhaven.com or see them on Facebook.

by frogfairy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S

by amandanicoletv
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by nuthellas
about 2 years ago | Reply

Our animal care center does a wonderful job of taking care of these wonderful animals and finding them a home. Ty.

by hampton
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by goalegrl
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by suze123
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by xoxobianca13
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by xoxobianca13
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S please!

by xoxobianca13
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's future Animal Sanctuary www.isfoundation.com/campaign/isf-animal-sanctuary Where kids & animals can find compassion together

by Shere
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's future Animal Sanctuary www.isfoundation.com/campaign/isf-animal-sanctuary Where kids & animals can find compassion together

by Shere
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S :)

by Miss_India767
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S

by AJ95
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S

by AJ95
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's future Animal Sanctuary www.isfoundation.com/campaign/isf-animal-sanctuary Where kids & animals can find compassion together.

by johnny day
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S

by pkguz5
about 2 years ago | Reply

Check out ISF sanctuary at http://bit.ly/JzGb8S

by eshoermann22
about 2 years ago | Reply

The Virginia Beach SPCA continually works to help find countless domestics their forever homes. While doing so they are constantly reaching out to the community with really fun and educational events. They are also a federally permitted wildlife facility which helps over 1,000 wild animals each year. A huge thank you to the VBSPCA and all of their volunteers and supporters.

by Yackeren
about 2 years ago | Reply

The Virginia Beach SPCA continually works to help find countless domestics their forever homes. While doing so they are constantly reaching out to the community with really fun and educational events. They are also a federally permitted wildlife facility which helps over 1,000 wild animals each year. A huge thank you to the VBSPCA and all of their volunteers and supporters.

by Yackeren
about 2 years ago | Reply

Why wasn't Cracker Box Palace included on the list? We have farm animals, but we were told that we still qualified. Purina has farm and horse feeds, so why can't we still be in the running?

by Crackerboxpalace.largeanimalshelter
about 2 years ago | Reply

I move Purina to DISQUALIFY any shelter with multiple votes from the same people who clog up this blog to prevent anyone else from nominating their shelter. If you cannot play fair and cast honest votes, please refrain altogether or be DISQUALIFIED ALTOGETHER!!! We all want our shelter to win, but you must play fair and garner HONEST VOTES.

by AbbyandSadiesMom
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

DROOT55 - PLEASE STOP MONOPOLIZING THIS BLOG TO PROMOTE ONE RESCUE! This is unfair to other agencies who work just as long and just as untiring as your agency. Enough. Play fair, please. Thank you.

by AbbyandSadiesMom
about 2 years ago | Reply

sorry, the poster I'm addressing is DROOT65 - play fair please. thank you.

by AbbyandSadiesMom
about 2 years ago | Reply

QUINCY ANIMAL SHELTER in Quincy, Massachusetts - 100% NO KILL volunteer animal shelter... www.quincyanimalshelter.org - this tireless group of volunteers is the most dedicated, warmest and knowledgeable people I've had the pleasure to be associated. An example of their dedication is realized when, a few years ago, an outbreak of ringworm closed the shelter doors for many months. Rather than euthanize every animal in the shelter, the volunteers worked tirelessly around the clock to treat the ringworm at substantial cost. They were rewarded by seeing every animal beat the odds and bounce back to the applause of the public! Way to go!!!

by AbbyandSadiesMom
about 2 years ago | Reply

One of a kind shelter... Greater Birmingham Humane Society rescue barn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkZh979GSVs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

by drew.alex80
over 2 years ago | Reply

Kitten's results in part due to the wonderful Purina Equine Senior feed. It is great stuff!!

by drew.alex80
over 2 years ago | Reply

Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-25-5(a) states, "No public official or public employee shall use or cause to be used his or her official position or office to obtain personal gain for himself or herself, or family member of the public employee or family member of the public official, or any business with which the person is associated unless the use and gain are specifically authorized by law. Personal gain is achieved when the public official, public employee, or a family member thereof receives, obtains, exerts control over, or otherwise converts to personal use the object constituting such personal gain."

by AnnoyedVoters
about 2 years ago | Reply

Doesn't the sign on the barn say it's the GBHS - Dwight T. Sloan Rescue Barn, Drew? And doesn't Dwight own the property and the barn, Drew? Yep, it's a "one of a kind shelter" alright...

by AnnoyedVoters
about 2 years ago | Reply

How many of Dwight's personal animals are housed at the "GBHS" barn, Drew? How much of this $10,000 would go to feed Dwight's personal animals at the "GBHS" barn, Drew? How many of the hundreds of thousands of dollars from GBHS donors have gone to "upgrade" Dwight's barn, Drew?

by AnnoyedVoters
about 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue

by candy.barnett.58
about 2 years ago | Reply

I vote Stickneys small breed rescue. They need new flooring badly. Since puppy mill rescues and the aged dogs she gets are not housebroken it takes a lot to clean up after them. This would go to new flooring for the rescue! So the benefits of this girt to them would last for years and years to come. Please consider them for this gift as you would be making a long lasting impact with your kindness!

by mara.fritts
about 2 years ago | Reply

I am voting for columbus lowndes humane society,columbus mississippi

by trudybear
about 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
about 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
about 2 years ago | Reply

The real story here is that Debi Root is not a figure head she truly "works" her animal welfare mission 20 hours a day seven days a week and has been doing so for over 25 years. Her rescue albeit a 501c(3) not for profit organization, continues to operate on a shoestring budget. However the number of lives she saves every year is extraordinary. Over the years 30,000 + have come through her doors and have found their new forever and loving homes. AGAIN this woman doesn't have a staff or even a huge group of volunteers. Yet Debi and SCR continually out perform most well funded more publicly recognizable animal shelters. Debi has traveled and rescued during catastrophic events like Katrina and regularly goes into areas that the National Humane Society's staff would not tread. SCR is a TRUE NO-KILL shelter and Debi has went to great lengths to protect that status. The term is not used to promote a positive response to her organization it's truly a way of life for Debi and her SCR!

In addition to her own responsibilities at SCR Debi has recently been called on to consult for her local Humane Society. This happened following corruption was exposed within the board and the director so significant that it nearly closed the agency down. Debi much unlike many others I have met over the years in private rescue ops, Debi was more than willing to assist the failing agency simply to help the animals and to stop the senseless killing that had become prevalent within the organization.

The stories of Debi's monumental contributions to animals and their welfare would take me weeks to layout. I simply beg of you to give this small lady a tiny bit of notoriety. Debi a very slight woman who's 48 now has labored so hard over the years that her body is badly broken down. She needs a variety of surgeries, the most critical is major back surgery. Her days are filled with pain and suffering but she continually drives on with her chores and her mission. Debi's 20 hour days are followed by only 4 hours of rest that too has become painfully uncomfortable at this point. Please help me help Debi gather some awareness, I can only hope that out of that would come and offer to help Debi and allow her to find the time to become healthy again.
Debi is truly a selfless person that that world should get to know, she sets a standard for caring that those of us who know and love her are simply amazed by this woman.

second-chance-rescue.org

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

And all SCR's work is continually done on a shoestring budget...however 30,000 lives have been saved over Debi's many years of self sacrifice!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

And all SCR's work is continually done on a shoestring budget...however 30,000 lives have been saved over Debi's many years of self sacrifice!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

And all SCR's work is continually done on a shoestring budget...however 30,000 lives have been saved over Debi's many years of self sacrifice!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

second-chance-rescue.org Simply the best, credibility, commitment and a 27 year history of one woman's life 's work. DEBI ROOT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALL HER WORK OVER THE YEARS!!!!

by Droot65
about 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do so much with so little. This organization isn't exclusively for cats.....they rescue all animals, some from absolutely horrific conditions. A $10,000 reward would certainly go a long way. Thank you.

by karen.lightheart
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

It's not very fair that you posted ten times in a row, that's just rude and very unfair.

by jazzcatj
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. They truly deserve this grant for all they do for the cats.

by jazzcatj
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary!

by tom.crouse.39
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue (http://www.blindcatrescue.com/) of St. Pauls, North Carolina saves otherwise healthy cats who would be euthanized just because they are blind.

by rwmcdowell
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue!!

by wnc.thach
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary is amazing!

by gabriela.bertoli.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue http://www.blindcatrescue.com/

by laura.lunde
over 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. As many others have written much more eloquently than I am doing here, they simply are some of the most caring, spirited and "can-do" animal lovers I've ever seen. They are tireless in their efforts to help disadvantaged felines and they don't stop just at helping those in their immediate area, they actively campaign for helping others throughout the U.S. by actively using social networking to connect caring people with kitties in need. And I've been so moved by their generosity of spirit, it has helped jumpstart my own individual volunteer efforts, by volunteering at shelters and rescues. And there is a stray kitten living near me who clearly needs a home, and when I get discouraged at unsuccessful efforts to place him in a safe home, I am continually re-inspired by the work of this wonderful group of people to keep trying. Thank you, Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary!

by lanevins@aol.com
over 2 years ago | Reply

The Virginia Beach SPCA works tirelessly to assist domesticated in finding their forever homes. Also, they are a federally permitted wildlife facility which helps over 1,000 wild animals each year. While helping animals is critical to the organization, its mission is "to create a community with an increased capacity for compassion while decreasing tolerance for cruelty." This objective is attained through their State-recognized Humane Education Program which sees 28,000 children annually through substantive programming. Thank you to the VBSPCA and all of their supporters. ~ Amy L. McNally

by amy.mcnally
over 2 years ago | Reply

SouthBark Rescue in Loxley, Alabama! Such an amazing organization! I am amazed at the work they do every day saving abused, neglected, and abandoned animals, and doing it all with such love and compassion for each one. Please consider them strongly!
Thank you !
Lori Goodrich

by lori.goodrich.3
over 2 years ago | Reply

Paws for a Cause Feral Rescue!

by terri.sexton.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by cate.hancock
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/

what more needs to be said...
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Cat-Rescue-and-Sanctuary-Inc/121386005165
http://www.blindcatrescue.blogspot.com/

by holly.moriarty.7
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/

by gabriela.bertoli.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/

by debbie.i.binder
over 2 years ago | Reply

(http://www.blindcatrescue.com/. They provide an invaluable service in protected and caring for cats that most shelters deem unadoptable.

by dmillerl10
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/ They take on the responsibility of loving and caring for blind cats which otherwise were being euthanized because they were thought to be a burden. They get these beautiful animals the medical treatment they need and give them a wonderful forever home.

by viki.singleton
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem MA. They have this great program where they truly go above and beyond. It is called "Save A Sato" . The program works to bring neglected dogs in Puerto Rico to health and find them homes. I had adopted a chihuahua mix from this shelter years ago and he was the healthiest and sweetest boy. Here is the website: http://www.northeastanimalshelter.org/sato-rescue-program-saves-homeless-dogs-puerto-rico

by MarilynCP
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, St. Pauls, NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, St. Pauls, NC

by gabriela.bertoli.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

by gabriela.bertoli.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/
They take on the responsibility of loving and caring for blind cats which otherwise were being euthanized because they were thought to be a burden.
They get these beautiful animals the medical treatment they need and give them a wonderful forever home.
Without Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in St. Pauls, NC, these cats would die, and this is our chance to help those cats too.

by rb.redmond
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue!!!

by nina.eckhoff.9
over 2 years ago | Reply

say the Blind Cat Rescue, St Pauls.NC, their hearts are larger than any I have come across and the task they take on they do out of pure love for the cats. This is the last stop for cats that have no where else to go and would probably have been abandoned or were with no hope for their future. Here they have all the love and proper medical care to make their remaining time loving and comfortable. They have won my heart and I have pledged myself to help in every way I can. They are doing a wonderful job and need our help.

by Barebaron
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

by vicfarr
over 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws for a Cause Cat Rescue, they do things for cats that most rescues would just put to sleep. Keep up the good work and kiss Snow for me.

by dara.gilmorewoodworth
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Young at Heart Pet Rescue. They are a no-kill rescue group that rescue senior dogs and cats that would otherwise be put down and provide them shelter until a permanent home can be found. They also provide a sanctuary for those unwanted animals to live out their lives. They are a ray of hope for those less adoptable or wanted pets.

by june.hess.37
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Stickneys Toy Breed rescue, because they are relentless in their pursuit of doing the right thing for dogs!!

by francesathena
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Paws for the Cause. If you follow their actions you can see they spent nearly all their energy and money to improve the life of animals which hadn´t much of a good life before.

by denisemelek.toygar
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws for the Cause Cat Rescue. They're amazing!

by glory70
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws for the cause! They are doing real good in the feline community, and frequently out of their own pockets. They could use all the help they can get.

by dajah
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Cat Rescue because they do such an important job

by alisonbusnello
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Resue, they are one of the best organization out there that go beyond their call of duty to resue animals and take care of them until they find them home, got to love them, so please give the grant they so deserve it!

by shirley.porter.359
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue...they are really wonderful and they are working so hard and really need the help

by BarbaraMatuch
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws Forthe Cause Feral Cat Rescue they deserve the grant.

by mingkitty
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws Forthe Cause Feral Cat Rescue they deserve the grant.

by mingkitty
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate The Humane Association on Taft Rd. in Liverpool, New York. A small no-kill shelter started by Dr. Bruce Shafiroff MD, and staffed by a host of volunteers, this little bungalow houses cats, dogs, rabbits, and even ferrets, surrendured by those unable to care for their animals in this rerrible economy. They even have a Senior Cat Room, where older cats can be matched up with those who want a more settled kitty, and wouldn't mind adopting a mature cat to live out their days in a fur-ever home with love and care. The Humane Association needs this grant very much for improvements like new washers and dryers to keep the blankets clean, and more food and toys! These are good caring people!

by jude.mignacca
over 2 years ago | Reply

Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue is so awesome and truly deserving of your $10,000 grant.

by megannvik@xtra.co.nz
over 2 years ago | Reply

Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue is so awesome and truly deserving of your $10,000 grant.

by megannvik@xtra.co.nz
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue, they are amazing people

by rbyrnes99@yahoo.com
over 2 years ago | Reply

Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue. You only have to read Snow's story to understand why. I know there are MANY MANY places deserving of your help but this is the one that has truly touched my heart. Please help them.

by verna.morse.3
over 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue. Thank you.

by Barrycat
over 2 years ago | Reply

Central Vermont Humane Society Animal Shelter is a facility operated by a thoughtful and loving staff who work wonders in readying "unadoptable" animals for transition to their forever homes. Indelible on my mind is Jackie, a rescue from a puppy farm, who had been bred too often and for too long, not properly nourished and was shown no human affection. With medical attention, nourishing food and loving attention she became the beautiful animal who was ready to spend the rest of her life with the perfect adopters.

by veeb
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue!!!!!

by jessica.stroud.9809
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue!

by ashley.r.richard
over 2 years ago | Reply

im nominating my shelter animal haven rescue & care in monticello ky .we are a new organization that established in feb 2012 we are a no kill shelter and we could use this to get the building renovated so we can have air and heat and will allow us to save more animals from animal control cause he takes them to another shelter and they are put down. plus we could have a classroom where we could educate people the importance of spay and neuter and other related pet information. we could use this to concrete the floor get insulation and make it a nice shelter because we are the only facility in my town

by paqrat
over 2 years ago | Reply

I'm nominating Our Pal's Place in Marietta, GA. They do amazing work giving discarded and abused dogs a second chance at life. Our Pal's place provides food, shelter, training and TLC to rescued dogs in the hopes of finding them loving homes. They have taken in and adopted out over 800 dogs. Among the dogs they have rescued they they have taken in and administered necessary medical attention to dogs who have been shot, bound in wire, brutally neglected and left for dead at county kill shelters. They continue to do amazing work thanks hardworking, committed volunteers and grassroots funding.

http://www.ourpalsplace.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/ourpalsplace

http://purina.maker.good.is/projects/OPP

by gropgrum
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to vote for Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue. http://www.pawsforthecauseferalcatrescue.org/ They do such amazing things to help cats in need. The story of Snow is awe inspiring. When snow was found he was starving and frightened. Someone had tied his paws together and burned him somehow [they believe it was with chemicals.]. The wonderful people at Paws for the Cause [along with all of the generous people around the world who donated to help pay vet bills] made sure Snow got the medical care he needed. Such a wonderful cat rescue that does so much for our furry friends.

by sadcaekz
over 2 years ago | Reply

My BFF, Baxter, and I nominate the Midwest Animal ResQ (MARQ) in Lake Lotawana, Missouri. My world and those of more than 700- other families is so much improved thanks to MARQ. After the heart-breaking loss of my 18 year old cat, Turbo, MARQ stepped in by asking my family to foster a kitten, a little black, bow-legged boy with an attitude who talked CONSTANTLY, and followed me from room to room. I was a foster parent, acclimating Baxter to people so he could find a forever home. I was smitten by the kitten – yes, me – a 6’4”, college football player. Baxter touched me and his story, abandoned in an alley during the “hot kitten season”, destined for euthanasia, is one told countless times by MARQ. Needless to say, Baxter found his forever home right here and we are inseparable. I cannot thank MARQ enough for adding me to the roster of individuals and families who have been matched with a “best friend”, a pet without a chance if not for MARQ.

by kcsaab
over 2 years ago | Reply

My BFF, Baxter, and I nominate the Midwest Animal ResQ (MARQ) in Lake Lotawana, Missouri. My world and those of more than 700- other families is so much improved thanks to MARQ. After the heart-breaking loss of my 18 year old cat, Turbo, MARQ stepped in by asking my family to foster a kitten, a little black, bow-legged boy with an attitude who talked CONSTANTLY, and followed me from room to room. I was a foster parent, acclimating Baxter to people so he could find a forever home. I was smitten by the kitten – yes, me – a 6’4”, college football player. Baxter touched me and his story, abandoned in an alley during the “hot kitten season”, destined for euthanasia, is one told countless times by MARQ. Needless to say, Baxter found his forever home right here and we are inseparable. I cannot thank MARQ enough for adding me to the roster of individuals and families who have been matched with a “best friend”, a pet without a chance if not for MARQ.

by kcsaab
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society because in my experience with them, they have done the most they can to provide stray and surrendered animals the best shot at a good home. They work with the local University to provide foster homes until animals are placed in forever homes. They don't restrict searching for these forever homes to the local community. The limitations and lack of effort to search outside the local community results in more animals being euthanized. Columbus Lowndes Humane Society fights for these animals lives. The director, staff, and volunteers are seen throughout the community on holidays, weekends, and special events trying to raise awareness and promote adoption. I have never seen a humane society that worked so much to give pets a new home. My niece and nephew 2 states away are still so very thankful for the love of their dog that CLHS had for adoption.

by CMScott
over 2 years ago | Reply

I am submitting http://www.blindcatrescue.com/ for all the great work they do!

by linda.norris.718
over 2 years ago | Reply

I am submitting http://www.blindcatrescue.com/ for all the great work they do!

by linda.norris.718
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St Pauls NC

by hissking
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, located in St. Pauls, NC, gives the gift of life to blind [and some also deaf], FEL and FIV+ kitties who otherwise would be considered unadoptable and left in a kill-shelter to be eventually euthanized, or just outright abandoned, and left to die.
Kitties who make it to BCR, get the best vetting possible, spayed/neutered when necessary, given medication[s] to treat FEV/FIV+, and a PERMANENT, loving, forever home at BCR.
Blind Cat Rescue should be a role model for every shelter.

by ahemjay
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St Pauls NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I am submitting Blind Cat Rescue of St Pauls NC because they do the GOOD work of saving blind, Felv+ and FiV+ cats from being destroyed cue to their medical conditions!

by terri.buccarelli
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Bristol Animal Shelter in Bristol, RI. They are a tiny no-kill shelter whose staff and volunteers do AMAZING things with little funding and a decrepit building.

I am proud to support them because they truly believe that every animal should be given a chance to find a forever home - I have adopted 3 pets from them who would have been considered "unadoptable" by most shelters due to age, temperament or illness.

http://www.friendsofthebristolanimalshelter.org

by tracyfeeney
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/
Blind Cat Rescue In St. Paul, NC

by karen.schavrien
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Shelter and Rescue in St. Paul, NC. They provide a home and excellent care for "unadoptable" cats: blind, FEL+ and FIV+. I have a blind cat and cannot imagine tossing Peaches out because she cannot see. If it weren't for them, a lot of loveable cats would have been euthanized.

by ccash492
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St Paul, NC takes in kitties that the regular centers do not. They lovingly care for these beautiful creatures for the rest of there natural lives supplying vet care and love. Please let them win this prize to help continue this good work.

by littlescreechowl
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Shelter and Rescue in St. Pauls, NC.

by Athena510
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC! These folks provide a forever home for many unadoptable cats. They are loved, cared for, and cherished for the rest of their lives!

by vicfarr
over 2 years ago | Reply

I am voting for the Blind Cat Shelter and Rescue in St. Pauls, NC. They were started in 2005 to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed unadoptable by regular shelters and were going to be killed just because they are blind. In 2011 they built a second shelter to answer the need for a safe place for FEL+ & FIV+ cats that were going to be killed just because they test positive for these viruses. I adopted both a blind cat, my sweet Paulwise Gamgee, one of the most loving animals I ever lived with, and a FEL+ sweet-tempered cat-boy, Carly. If it wasn't for a place like Blind Cat Rescue, cats like them would be dead. Blind cats can have a life full of joy and fun, and certainly bring love and joy to their guardians.

by monansophie.kling
over 2 years ago | Reply

Amazon Cares - Flooded out in 2012 by ravaging storms and a raging river this shelter is in the rebuilding process and needs your donations. Even if you already have a favorite rescue in mind, reading the story about Amazon Cares will touch your heart.

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

Amazon CARES is successful due to a commitment to important underlying values:

COMMUNITY

CARES' is rooted in the Peruvian Amazon community, with a team of Peruvian Veterinarians, shelter staff and volunteers. By working with local municipalities and using existing resources, we address and solve evolving issues more efficiently.

ANIMAL

Animal Birth Control (ABC) reduces the size of unwanted, roaming animal populations and the attendant suffering due to disease, starvation, injury and want that accompanies these unwanted animals.

RESCUE

Many animals captured during our ABC campaigns are not healthy enough to be released. These animals are treated in our modern veterinary clinic and then transported to our No-Kill shelter in nearby Cabo Lopez. Abandoned animals and countless litters of abandoned kittens and puppies are also welcome at our shelter.

EDUCATION

Humane Education is a very strong component of our work. In the jungle towns and in local schools, Peruvian Director, Bruno Antoine works tirelessly to teach children of all ages about the importance of animal and human relationships, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of respecting wildlife in their natural environment. CARES appears on TV weekly to discuss sensitivity towards animals.

SAFETY

As a component of our education efforts we teach about dog-bite prevention, and the importance of animal health as it pertains to public and environmental health. We encounter many dogs with diseases that are transmissible to the human population. We conduct campaigns against domestic violence by demonstrating the proven link between animal abuse and said violence.

by reba.messina
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

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Shelter Website

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SHACK-Safe-Haven-Animal-Care-Kennels/143496329088087

What makes this shelter great?

The S.H.A.C.K. Safe Haven Animal Care Kennels provides temporary shelter, veterinary care, boarding and foster care for hundreds of animals destined for euthanasia in animal control facilities, as well as offering refuge to abused and abandoned dogs and cats in Mobile (Alabama) County and throughout south Alabama. Placing, otherwise doomed animals, into loving homes is the ultimate goal of the all volunteer-staffed rescue. This effort is invaluable in assisting local animal facilities in moving toward a “No-Kill” mentality. The S.H.A.C.K. works tirelessly with community volunteers, rescue organizations, veterinarians to educate on the humane treatment of animals and the “No-Kill” movement. Having a safe place to go immediately after rescue from an animal facility or from starvation and suffering on the streets is the key to life or death for countless animals. This is what The S.H.A.C.K. is, a Safe Haven for helpless animals, through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless.

by Kelevzz
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Kudos for Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue! I vote for them!

by cesmith
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Humane Society for Hamilton County!

by doona15
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in St. Paul NC

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Ivoted for the blindcatrescue in St.Paul,N.C.,,i love all creatures great and small

by CreazyTeresa
over 2 years ago | Reply

Orphan Kitten Rescue

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orphan-Kitten-Rescue/164021256963562

http://Purina.maker.good.is/projects/kitten

by chukers
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Orphan Kitten Rescue. They need this grant!

by esheehan81
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC

by SmokeyMountains
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue of St. Pauls, NC

by rwmcdowell
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for PAWS Inc Humane Society of Noble County!

by PAWS Inc
over 2 years ago | Reply

West Point Animal Shelter in West Point, Mississippi!!

by stephcash
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue St. Paul, NC

by laydiek
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue St. Paul, NC

by tara.itsafarm
over 2 years ago | Reply

I say the Blind Cat Rescue, St Pauls.NC. they do great work and always keep up to date on everything that is happening in the shelter to those who cannot help them (in a physical way)

by lovekitten16
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue, St. Paul NC

by kathymartibello.stieff
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society because we got one of our favorite dogs from there and they do such a good job taking care of the animals and trying to find them good homes.

by nanwyckoff
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue,St Pauls.NC.Good Luck sweet cats!!!

by elena.brazil
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue St. Paul, NC

by compose217
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue St. Paul, NC

by compose217
over 2 years ago | Reply

Rescue K911 in Camp Hill, Al a home for the homeless, abandoned and abused dogs. Larry and Loraine Weaver moved to Alabama from Florida bought an old farm house on 7 acres and that is when the dogs started showing up at their door steps 14 years ago. After years of paying for everything on their own they became a non profit organization. Now with over 120 dogs and several volunteers to help they are making progress. They need to replace fencing and kennel areas so the winnings would help get this done for their dogs. As a no kill shelter they have a very high vet bill that we volunteers are always raising money for. The dogs come first at Rescue K911. From spaying and neutering to having a heart operation and almost everything in between is what they do for their dogs at Rescue K911. For more information on how far Rescue K911 has come go to www.rescuek911.com.

by JennyBenedict
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat rescue, St Pauls. NC
The people who work there are doing a wonderful job saving blind cats that would be destroyed i love going on their blog & facebook page and seeing the video's & photo.s of the cats they do an amazing job caring for the cats & giving them a good life ...it must be terrible for them poor babies not being able to see but The Blind Cat Rescue people put their hearts into making them feel loved & cared for...i hope you pick them

by gothicred
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue St. Paul, NC

by libbe.beckerfairty
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue,St Pauls.NC

by jena.gillentine
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue,St Pauls.NC.Good Luck Guys.xx

by clair.ross1
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.

by parson
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. With very little funding they do amazing work for the abandoned and abused animals within our community.

by phylliswells.fulgham
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society

by ellen dunfee
over 2 years ago | Reply

Orphan Kitten rescue

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orphan-Kitten-Rescue/164021256963562

http://Purina.maker.good.is/projects/kitten

by chukers
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.blindcatrescue.com/

Vote for Blind Cat rescue

by Labrat1972
over 2 years ago | Reply

I vote for Blind Cat Rescue in St. Pauls, North Carolina.

by bobbi.bernardini
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by deborahtnj
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue is unique by caring for cats that otherwise would be destroyed.and the picture that they post on facebook the cats always look so happy and well cared for

by quicksilver1950
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind cat rescue - saving cats that would otherwise be killed

by Ceeforina
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue is unique by caring for cats that otherwise would be destroyed.

by ladylauris77@aol.com
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary is taking care of cats that no one else cares about. great caring group.

by melaniev
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue Sanctuary in NC They really do wonderful things for these beautiful cats they give them so much love and make sure these cats have a good life.I just love the pictures they post the cats look so happy

by brenda.marshbobier
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary are filling a great need by caring for cats with disabilities. They are truly angels.

by screechowl13
over 2 years ago | Reply

What do you fill in the "handle" box on the entry

by morgenscott
over 2 years ago | Reply

Whatever you want!

by yeahitstammeh
over 2 years ago | Reply

Whatever you want!

by yeahitstammeh
over 2 years ago | Reply

blind cat rescue in NC is so deserving of this prize..those lovely cats are saved thanks to the tireless work of the volunteers there

by baileynbuster
over 2 years ago | Reply

Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY--the first no-kill shelter in the country.

by julie.peterson.73307
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominated The Blind Cat Rescue Sanctuary in NC.They do wonderful work taking in all special needs cats and kittens.I sincerely hope you pick them,they are very deserving!

by laura3341
over 2 years ago | Reply

Please vote for Albany Animal Shelter. Our current shelter is an old hog barn full of diseases and is rat infested. We work dilligently to keep it clean and adopt our dogs and cats. We service 4 other small towns. We have no light, no heat, no air, and no proper drainage and sewage system. Our dogs and cats deserve better than this. The roof is rusted, there is mold on the office ceiling, and huge cracks in the concrete floor which harbors hog diseases from year's past, causing illnesses in puppies and seniors. Thank you..

by Carla Sue
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I'd like to nominate the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in NC. Anytime a group does good things for animals, I am moved, but especially so with this group because the cats all have "special needs". If you want to see how happy the cats are, their website is http://blindcatrescue.com/. Check out some of those adorable faces!!

by alesia.panek
over 2 years ago | Reply

Pen Pals at Dixon Correctional Institue is the best shelter in the state of Louisiana. These loving and compassionate people were the only shelter in a 4 state area that was willing to help me in my time of need. I experienced an accident where I broke my back which left me unable to care for my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chance. I contacted over 30 shelters/rescues in a 4 state area there were not willing to help by taking in my dog. A friend contacted Pen Pals and they were willing to take Chance in. It was heartbreaking to have to surrender my dog but Pen Pals allowed me to visit him at their shelter. I could tell at my first visit that the staff there loved and cared for Chance as much as I did in my home. He became the mascot of the shelter and was treated like royalty. When he passed away, they contacted me and I could tell how saddened and heart broken at his demise. I later adopted a Jack Russell terrier from this shelter that is the greatest dog ever! Indie has been a great companion and friend and I am thankful that Pen Pals allowed me to become her mom. Pen Pals is more than deserving of this prize as the staff are the St Assissi (the patron saint of animals) here on earth!

by kanrnc
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Stickneys Toy Breed Rescue in Cortland Ne. Mary does a wonderful job of rescuing unwanted or abandoned animals and vetting them and then socializing them in hopes of finding their Forever home.

by chimom61
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in St Pauls NC!!!! They are doing wonderful work!!!!!!!!

by carolyns1
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary of St. Pauls, North Carolina. Cats have a rougher time in life than dogs do, generally, and a blind cat is the most helpless and vulnerable of creatures. Thank Heaven that there is a haven for these poor little souls, that they can spend their lives in safety and security, loved and cared for by generous people devoted to their welfare.Cats are beautiful, deep, and soulful animals; in my life, I was blessed with eight of the most wonderful feline friends. Although they are long gone, in their memory I will work to make sure that other cats will enjoy the same serene lives that they experienced. Mercifully, they were not handicapped, but these poor little babies are. That is why I am nominating the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary - so that there will always be a place where those creatures who cannot take of themselves can be helped who are dedicated to making their lives as happy and as comfortable as possible.. Thank you.

by RobertaStuartCooper
over 2 years ago | Reply

Sorry - I meant to say: "by people who are dedicated to making their lives as happy and as comfortable as possible." Please excuse the omission.

by RobertaStuartCooper
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary of North Carolina. I can't believe how much Alana has changed my life. I have always been a lover of animals, particularly cats, but she has kept the spirit of ALL cats in the Facebook conscience in the most affable, empathetic, extraordinary way. Her daily postings of the blind or fel/hiv cats are so cheerful, the videos of the cats playing with new toys, the photos of volunteers enjoying a day with the cats, the say she captures the spirit and soul of the cats ... these are cats that some people don't think are worthy of adopting, and Alana has given them forever homes with her and her staff and volunteers. Every time I look at one of her Facebook posts, I am moved to tears. I know what it is to have a pet look at me tentatively, reach out a shy paw, and suddenly relax entirely in my arms, grateful for the love, warmth, and safety. All animals deserve that. I am currently living in Europe, but I foster one of Alana's blind kitties, and when I adopted a cat here in the Czech Republic, I took one with one blind eye. He is a perfect cat ... fur, naughtiness, and love and kisses. I thank Alana for showing me that we don't have to look for a pure breed or a trophy cat. We have to look for an animal who needs us the most, and we will find that we also need that animal the most. When I return to the US for a visit I am hoping to spend some time in NC so I can volunteer at Blind Cat and get to know Alana. There is so much more I can write about, but I think you get the gist ... Alana and the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary are eminently worthy of this grant. Thanks for reading my submission, and have a wonderful pet-filled life!

by missqthen
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.
This shelter and sanctuary have completely turned my views on animals around. I was simply a Security Officer with a pretty hard face until their Facebook updates came through to me one day and now my attitude has completely changed. They deserve the funding for being able to change ones attitude to animals that are forgotten about, dumped, abandoned and let down, as well as those whose owners aren't in a position to cater for their needs any more. Seeing what they do on an hourly basis via Facebook is pretty amazing and shows that they're making a good effort to do right by these animals. Even when there is "No Room At The Inn", they keep calm and carry on, whilst fighting tooth and nail to accomodate.

A truly excellent cause that I hope wins this competition and the publicity to keep on going.

by stuart.j.young
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue NC

by Tikicat
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue in NC

by nicole.miranda1
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2XTpRXF8qU

by amandakaykuenzi
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue &Sanctuary

by gabriela.bertoli.5
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue!!

by SandraLK
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Carols Ferals in Michigan have the opportunity to put that $ 10,000.00 to use.!! Please help Carol make a difference with spay/neuter and release program.

by michelle.mara1
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue, Snickers, Callie and the Gang. Lil sweeties.

by arden.tomczak
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blindcat rescue!

by cheekyweasel
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue is a wonderful place. So many challenged kitties have a second chance at life and love because of their good work.

by screechowl13
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blindcat rescue does such a wonderful service. By saving cats that would otherwise be put down because of their blindness/condition, they are saving and finding good "fur-ever" homes for these wonderful loving animals.

by leeanne.simpson.16
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Carol's Ferals in Grand Rapids, MI they have helped me and countless othere with spay and nutering of stray cats and also with cats that have owners that can not afford to have this done at a vets office. They also treat for flees and other parasites. Carol's Ferals is the best thing to have happened to Grand Rapids.

by mystielover
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue rescues blind kitties that would be put down because they aren't easy to adopt but also have rescued FEL+ and FIV+ kitties to give them loving homes for the rest of their lives. They deserve all the help they can get, because they have dedicated their time and resources to rescue these precious kitties.

by xoticat
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Animal House Shelter In Huntley, IL. They are a NO-KILL shelter. Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no kill shelter for all breeds of dogs and cats.
Founded in June 2002, AHS takes in and cares for abused, neglected and abandoned animals — especially those scheduled for euthanasia at other shelters. Once rehabilitated and ready, they are carefully matched with prospective adopters and placed in loving homes. Over 20,000 pets have been adopted from Animal House Shelter.

Like people, animals have distinct personalities that make them unique. At Animal House Shelter, we are proud to say that the dogs and cats are treated like our own. We care enough to be certain they are treated with the comfort and respect that they deserve and we make every effort to ensure that they go to the right, forever, permanent, loving home.
The best possible veterinary care is always given to Animal House Shelter pets and treatment is never declined if it will give the animal a chance for a healthy life. Socializing and keeping our pets happy is also of utmost importance. Dogs are walked 4-5 times daily and cats are housed in a large, whimsical, free-roam habitat All are given loving care and attention by staff and volunteers. They always have a place in their hearts for the abuse and Neglect dogs and cats, extra special, and for the dogs and cats we have that have behavioral problems. AHS has changed peoples minds to get other people (like me) to go their foster their dogs, adopt tons of their dogs and volunteer their to make the pets at AHS more adoptable! I THINK THEY SHOULD WIN BECAUSE THEY ARE ONES WHO MAKE A CHANGE FROM ALL THE COUNTRY WORLD WIDE.!

by Jacalyn1234
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Jacalyn1234, thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge! Please nominate this shelter via the submission form by clicking the yellow Submit Idea button above. Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blindcat rescue does such a wonderful service. By saving cats that would otherwise be put down because of their blindness/condition, they are saving and finding good "fur-ever" homes for these wonderful loving animals.

by moonbubs
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi moonbubs! Thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge!

Please nominate this shelter via the submission form by clicking the yellow Submit Idea button above.

Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

Rock Creek Cats, a trap-neuter-return group in the D.C. area (www.rockcreekcats.org)

by marc2255
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi marc2255, thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge! Please nominate this shelter via the submission form by clicking the yellow Submit Idea button above. Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate blindcatrescue.com. I totally support this organization!!

by candy.barnett.58
over 2 years ago | Reply

Blind Cat Rescue are easily among the most special people I have ever come across in the animal rescue community nation wide. I have found in my own rescue experience that cats with any health problems what so ever are next to impossible to find homes for. Blind Cat Rescue have made it their mission to dedicate all their time and money to helping these special kitty's. I vote for them because I can think of no one else who would make better use of the prize money.

by shawn.patterson.7
over 2 years ago | Reply

Fingers crossed for Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield MA ( www.secondchanceanimals.org ) The objective of this shelter is to change the face of sheltering and show that shelters can be wonderful resources for the community. The focus of the shelter is to keep pets out of shelters through education, training, low cost spay/neuter, pet food pantry and more. The shelter spends a lot of money on preventative programs so if the shelter wins the prize, it will go to keeping pets out of shelters, and healthy and safe in loving homes :) This is a wonderful contest/program to help raise awareness of what shelters do!!!

by 2chance
over 2 years ago | Reply

This is such an amazing project! Excited to see who the finalists are!

by Annie Kuo
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Annie, thanks for your interest in the Purina challenge!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate blindcatrescue.com from NC Thank you!

by elucio
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate http://blindcatrescue.com.

by dpongallo
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate St. Tammany Humane Society in Covington, LA. They are Louisiana's largest no-kill shelter. They take in an abundance of homeless animals everday, yet they find homes for the majority of these babies. Being that there was a population boom here after Hurricane Katrina, they have never missed a beat in doing good for these animals. They have community fundraisers all the time, and the community is more than glad to help out such a great cause. I commend everyone who works there for their countless hours given to make this world a better place and a no-kill nation!

by Surfer1
over 2 years ago | Reply

It is my pleasure to nominate Fat Kitty City in El Dorado Hills, CA. This absolutely amazing organization did not give up on my friend, Pewter, and likewise, I will always show my support to them. Pewter is a 2 year old cat, FIV+ and could only go to a single-cat home. Because of his age and the fact that he is a special-needs kitty, he was almost un-adoptable. I was introduced to Fat Kitty City by a dedicated and passionate volunteer, Chelsea Kopp. So much attention is given to the care of the cats in their sanctuary that the personalities of each cat is known. Armed with that knowledge, Chelsea was able to take me and my roommate through the sanctuary and introduce us to all the cats that had a personality that would fit our living arrangements, our schedules, and even our own personalities!

My new friend has quickly become an irreplaceable family member, and we are so delighted to know that he is adjusted, happy and healthy.

I am so impressed that the people that volunteer and staff Fat Kitty City could give so much time and attention to these cats that each of their personalities were known! And to be able to use that knowledge to pair each cat with a family that suits the cat is beyond incredible!!! And as if that was not enough, both volunteer and staff helped us navigate the necessary adoption paperwork. AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE!!! They gave me all the relevant information to care for my special needs kitty! AND IT STILL DOESN'T STOP THERE! They helped, and still help, me find the most affordable pet supplies, and provided me with coupons, as well as product recommendations, such as brushes, litters, litter boxes, and toys. I have developed a friendship with Chelsea Kopp, who helped us find our missing family member. And even now, she still checks in from time to time to make sure Pewter is happy and in good health.

Impressed does not do justice to the mountain of dedication that Fat Kitty City has for the welfare of the animals in their care.

Please vote for Fat Kitty City of El Dorado Hills! Help them save as many cats as possible, and to help them find loving, amazing homes.

by jatticusb
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would love to see Carols Ferals in Michigan have the opportunity to put that $ 10,000.00 to use. I was introduced to them when I emailed Michigan States Vet program asking for help with a cat overpopulation problem. We purchased a farm in Michigan's thumb area - it came with 2 "barn cats", over the years I have paid to have 8 fixed but I am still up to approximately 30 ! I have not been able to find any help locally and some of the suggestions have been heart breaking! Mi State refereed me to Carols Ferals in hopes they could find me some help. Even though Carols Ferals are almost 100 miles away they have offered to help me get these cats spayed and neutered to stop the population explosion ! This problem is becoming way too common - people see a barn and think their unwanted kittens will just melt into the crowd - problem being those 5 cats start multiplying!! Please help Carol make a difference with spay/neuter and release program. It breaks my heart to think of the other alternative I have to control these kitties !! PLEASE VOTE TO SAVE THEM !

by anna.pitt.125
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Fat Kitty City in El Dorado Hills, CA. They are a wonderful organization dedicated to the care of all animals. The sanctuary itself is gorgeous and allows the kitties room to roam freely. They not only take part in fostering and adopting the cats, but offer lifelong refuge for unadoptable pets. The medical care they offer is nothing but the best. When an old starving cat wandered to my house, I wanted desperately to help her, but being a young adult just starting out, I was unable to pay for the care she needed. Within 24 hours of calling Fat Kitty City, I had an appointment to have kitty get all the care she needs. They are so kind and generous!! Their hard work, dedication and passion for all animals make them a foundation I am proud to support and educate others on! Fat kitty city should be seriously considered for the grant!!!

by alexa.rose
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Fat Kitty City in El Dorado Hill, California. They are the only cat sanctuary in Northern California. Not only do the cats and kittens get medical attention and preventative care, they have lots of room to roam! I have never seen anything like this before. If the cats don't get adopted, they live out their lives in the sanctuary...a loving and clean environment. I hope you will give serious consideration to giving Fat Kitty City the $10,000 grant. They are very deserving.

by mary.walberg
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Midwest Animal ResQ (MARQ) in Lake Lotawana, MIssouri. Through their foster and adoption network, they have been able to help save numerous lives. I work with one of the local Kansas City metro city shelters (it isn't a high-kill shelter, but they do euthanize adoptable dogs) to help them save adoptable dogs that are on their "kill list" and MARQ has helped me save many this last year, including an emanciated Redbone Coonhound (who is now thriving in his forever home) and a large Olde English Bulldog who had such bad skin infections and mange (and who is also being spoiled in his new forever home). Erin Morse, who runs the organization, doesn't turn a dog away when she has a spot - and sometimes makes a spot happen when one wasn't there. Sometimes I swear they work magic and miracles. It doesn't matter if the dog is big, little, or has medical issues - they help find a solution and warm bed. They don't have the "this can't be done" attitude, they have the "let's see what we can do to make this happen" attitude - no matter the situation. I highly recommend Midwest Animal ResQ for the $10,000 grant.

by jill.heisterkamp
over 2 years ago | Reply

I also nominate Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR), a non-kill shelter in Brooklyn, NY. They have an excellent staff which consist of many animal loving volunteers. The dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, birds and exotic animals are well-maintained, cared for and loved. Any animal that arrives at SCAR has been checked by a vet. Some of the pets are "special needs" animals and those special needs are always disclosed to prospective adopters. Sean Casey and his staff's work is outstanding to a point that they've been featured on several local TV news programs in newspapers. They don't believe in putting down an animal just because he/she has been residing at the shelter for an extended length of time. Like most shelters, SCAR relies on donations from money to food, even newspaper for the cages and toys for the animals to play with. I can't think of another shelter more worthy of the $10,000 grant.

by Ree-J
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate Sean Casey Animal Rescue. I have found all types of wildlife- feral cats, birds, etc. and NYC doesn't have any widlife rehabilitation facilities open to the public to drop off these injured or orphaned creatures. When I call the City's 311 line, they give me Sean Casey's number. When I called the Jamaica Bay Wiidlife Refuge for help, they give me Sean Casey's number. When I need to drop off an animal, he waits until I get there, after 8 p.m. at night. When I visited his shelter to check out adopting a cat, he and his workers were there at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night medicating all the animals that needed to have treatment at that time of day. This guy should be on the city's payroll and the city should be funding his organization since he makes the quality of life so much higher for animals and the stressed out people trying to help them who have no where else to turn. Given that he is not, nor is his organization being funded by the city, I highly recommend you award this grant to Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

by iquest.jets
over 2 years ago | Reply

I nominate New York City Rescued Kitties, a small feline rescue group with a huge heart located in the lower eastside of Manhattan. I have worked as a volunteer and fundraiser along with adopting 3 wonderful fur boys from the group over the past 8 years. The founder has dedicated her life and meager resources for well over a decade depending on the kindness of strangers through donations and volunteers to operate. With a no-kill policy, strict adoption process and followup, these cats stay adopted in happy forever homes. It's a constant struggle here for the tireless and mostly invisible non city or corporate funded groups and the grant would literally be a huge lifesaver.

by Vancouver55
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury,Ma. They are THE most caring shelter i have ever encountered. I had to surrender a dog that i had adopted from a client of mine to them as the dog did not like children. If i had brought him ANYWHERE else, he would have been put to sleep. Instead, they took him into their no kill shelter and found him a suitable, forever home!! I was devastated when i had to give him up, but they made the process so much easier for us and for him!! They are an UNBELIEVABLE place that i would give $10,000 to myself if i had it!!

by dsavage915
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Brother Wolf in Asheville, NC. They are a no kill shelter & they work very hard to get as many dogs & cats into homes. They started out in a very small place in the middle of no where & have worked very hard to get a bigger place to call their own. I have given many donations to the shelter & see how much work they have done for homeless animals. I would love to see all their hard work & love rewarded.

by gshelly
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Good Karma Rescue in E. Montpelier, Vermont. Every year, they save many, many dogs and puppies from being euthanized in high-kill shelters in the southern United States. This group is extremely diligent about making good matches between dogs and their new homes. Before the dogs are available for adoption, they are kept at foster homes and assessed for personality, friendliness to various species (human, cat, dog, etc.), and for basic skills and house manners. The dogs are given lots of socialization and, if needed, basic training, to improve the ease of their transition into a new household. Prospective adopters are also screened through an application and home visit. Good Karma Rescue also does good work in educating the public on rescue animals and humane treatment of animals. This great organization is run by volunteers and funded by donations and adoption fees. My husband and I adopted our wonderful, adorable little Ernie from Good Karma.

by tracey.durgan
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Tracy, thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge! Please nominate this shelter via the submission form, click the yellow Submit Idea button above. Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate PAWS New England. They are a wonderful rescue group who mostly saves dogs from a high kill shelter in TN. They have saved many dogs from being killed and this money would help them save many more. Please consider this wonderful group!

by tracy.raimondo
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Paws New England. They are a woderful rescue group that mainly transport dogs from a high kill shelter in the south. They have saved many dogs from being killed and the money would help them save so many more. Please consider this wonderful group!

by tracy.raimondo
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Exotic Heritage Cat Association in Kingman, AZ. They are a no kill shelter, offering loving care and needed veterinary care to many cats. They also find good homes for many of the cats as well. This grant would be incredibly helpful to the kind, loving folks who have dedicated their lives to helping the cats.

by Lysa S.
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Exotic Heritage Cat Association located in Kingman Arizona. They are a no kill shelter and provide loving care to many cats in need. They also find good loving homes for many cats. They really could use this and would benefit them in helping other cats in need.

by Cindy Hornstein
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Exotic Heritage Cat Association located in Kingman Arizona. They are a no kill shelter and provide loving care to many cats in need. They also find good loving homes for many cats. They really could use this and would benefit them in helping other cats in need.

by Cindy Hornstein
over 2 years ago | Reply

I would like to nominate Exotic Heritage Cat Association located in Kingman Arizona. They are a no kill shelter that provides love and care for many cats, and finds wonderful loving homes! They really could use this for all of the wonderful work they do.

by Cindy Hornstein
over 2 years ago | Reply

I submitted an idea but accidentally used my facebook email address. Is there any way to change that contact email once the idea has been submitted?

by michele.burchfield.9
over 2 years ago | Reply

Would like to nominate Stickney's Toy Breed Rescue and Retirement Sanctuary in Cortland, NE

by jani.price
over 2 years ago | Reply

Stickney's toy breed rescue in Cortland, NE

by kimcronin
over 2 years ago | Reply

Tree House Humane Society Shelter in Chicago! A no-kill house for strays

by JennyPenny
over 2 years ago | Reply

I volunteer at the Quincy Animal Shelter, in Quincy, MA. We are funded by donations and could always use a helping paw.
We are a no kill shelter and have over 50 volunteers...maybe 100! I am a rookie volunteer but whenever I go in, I feel the love.
This is an awesome shelter, so I nominate it!!

by Goots
over 2 years ago | Reply

Gainesville Pet Rescue, Gainesville, FL http://www.gainesvillepetrescue.org/
They work so hard to raise money. They have garage sales, whatever it takes. God bless all of those in the business of saving our dear four legged friends! They are all deserving.

by redwardsuf
over 2 years ago | Reply

http://www.dogsaver.org/k9srl/ Photos are on the site as I have none. They find homes to save dogs from euthanizing. My mother died and her elderly mixed breed went to a good home. We've volunteered with them in the past & adopted through them. They're creative and epitomize "proactive" with their weekly showings.

by LoiS-sez
over 2 years ago | Reply

Sterling Animal Shelter, Sterling, Mass

by BABS
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi BABS, thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge! Please nominate this shelter via the submission form, click the yellow Submit Idea button above. Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

Can rescues without a brick and mortar shelter who have their 501C apply

by jillenid
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Jill, yes, all rescues, shelters and animal welfare organizations are welcome to apply!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

Is this competition limited to shelters in the US?

by parisla
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Paris, yes- this competition is limited to US residents and US-based shelters. Thanks for your interest in the challenge! You can reach us via email at maker@goodinc.com if you have any other questions.

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

I woulld like to nominate PETS WITHOUT PARENTS IN SEVIIERVILLE,TN. It is like a shelter but is funded souly by donations and a very good place to adopt a pet...they run on donaations and have many healthy animals, at one time they had a building full and some one in a truck pulled in and unloaded 70 dogs on them and left ,did not come into to talk to the owner or anything,...these animals have had shots,been spayed or neutered and well loved...we have got 4 animals from there and no problems....they sometimes even have thoroughbreds and registered animals..this is a place that truly has to have donations to keep their doors open tp house the animals...PLEASE HELP

by peggylcupp
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Peggy, thank you for your interest in the Purina challenge! Please nominate this shelter via the submission form, click the yellow Submit Idea button above. Email maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions!

by moderators
over 2 years ago | Reply

What a great challenge! I'm going to look up the name of the shelter where I got my dog and submit it. They are an awesome no kill shelter.

by parisla
over 2 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Thursday, June 28

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Monday, August 06

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Monday, August 20
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Winner Announced
Monday, August 27

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