BANGOR, Maine — Beginning later this week, supporters of the Bangor Humane Society can do their part to help the animal shelter on Mount Hope Avenue land up to $100,000 in grant funding.
The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters — and their communities — that aims to get animals adopted or returned to their owners.
This year, the Bangor Humane Society is the only shelter in Maine competing for a place in the challenge. The qualifying heat of the contest begins Thursday.
“A Maine shelter definitely can do it,” Executive Director Suzan Bell said Tuesday.
As proof, she pointed to the $25,000 that the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston won last year when it rallied its supporters and placed first in the Northeast Division and third in the nation, taking home a Fast Start and a Best in Division grant.
This first phase of the contest 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 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
Voting takes place April 5-16. To cast an online vote for Bangor Humane Society, visit www.savebangorpets.org.
“The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our team and the residents and businesses of Bangor to get involved — to help connect hundreds of the beautiful, fun, loving cats and dogs in our shelter with the right families,” Bell said.
“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,” she said.
Any winnings will be used for programs to expand off-site adoption opportunities, to grow the shelter’s foster care family and increase partnerships with community organizations, Bell said.
The community recently proved that more lives can be saved every day with the outpouring of support it showed during the agency’s recent Mega Match-a-thon event which placed more than 100 animals in adoptive homes in 12 hours.