Community Support Needed for Chance to Win Grant and Save More Lives

EATONTOWN, NJ – Beginning April 4,2011 the Monmouth County SPCA will be a participant in the Qualifying Heat of this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for grants totaling $300,000 from the ASPCA, including a top prize of $100,000.

The first step of the challenge is the Qualifying Heat, where votes from MCSPCA supporters and volunteers, will qualify the organization to compete in the Challenge itself. The Monmouth County SPCA Executive Director Laurie Garrison received the confirmation that the MCSPCA had made it in to the competition early last week and quickly the excitement spread throughout the Homeward Bound Adoption Center.

mcspca_challenge_puppy

The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. This first phase is the Qualifying Heat where registered shelters compete to accumulate the most online votes from their supporters. The 50 shelters with the most votes become the official contestants for the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge.

Once qualified, the challenge extends from August 1 to October 31, 2011 where the Monmouth County SPCA will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than they did during the same period in 2011. Competing against 49 other shelters, the goal is to save at least 300 more animals.
Supporters of the Monmouth County SPCA can help by voting online at www.VoteToSaveLives.org. Votes will be counted from April 4 to 15, 2011. “We are asking our loyal supporters to sign up for reminders to vote every day,” said Kelly Hogan, MCSPCA Social Media Coordinator. “If you aren’t already a follower of the organization now is a great time to friend us or suggest that your friends or family join us on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to get MCSPCA emails,” continued Hogan.

mcspca_cat_1

For additional information please visit www.monmouthcountyspca.org or call 732-542-0040 to learn how you can help the MCSPCA become one of the top 50 shelters in the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge.

About the Monmouth County SPCA:The mission of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) is to protect and advocate for all animals. The organization is dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service as a valuable community resource.

The vision of the Monmouth County SPCA is to be a recognized leader in the field of animal welfare and to provide support to people and organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals. The organization receives no funding from the ASPCA or any other federal, state, or local government agency.