Care2 Celebrates National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month With Contest, Prizes to Reward Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups

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As pet lovers and animal welfare advocates nationwide celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October, Care2.com is sponsoring a contest to find "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" and raise awareness about the importance of animal rescue and pet adoption. The animal shelter or rescue group that receives the most votes will win the grand prize of $10,000. Animal welfare groups in Massachusetts and Louisiana are first winners.

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America's Favorite Animal Shelter

As pet lovers and animal welfare advocates nationwide celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October, Care2.com is sponsoring a contest to find "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" and raise awareness about the importance of animal rescue and pet adoption. The animal shelter or rescue group that receives the most votes in this contest will win the grand prize of $10,000.

Over 7 million dogs and cats are put to sleep each year due to overpopulation. With thousands of families losing their homes due to the worsening economic crisis, pet abandonment is on the rise and shelters are filling up fast, forced to care for more animals with fewer resources.

Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com, Care2's nonprofit partner in this contest, are committed to ensuring that every shelter and rescue group, no matter how small, has an opportunity to win a much-needed prize. Adopt-a-Pet.com is sponsoring a weekly prize of $1,000 for a participating group chosen at random (not based on votes) for the first five weeks of the contest. And to reward all of these groups for their hard work and loving care for America's homeless pets, Care2 will also award a total of $5,000 to the four runners-up in the contest.

During Care2's "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" contest, people can vote for their favorite shelter or rescue group to help them win. Voting is free and everyone can help with the click of a mouse. Through the contest website ( http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/ ) people also can invite their friends to vote for their favorite shelter. Visitors can track who has recruited the most friends to vote for their favorite shelters. The top 20 people who recruit the most friends to vote will each receive a $50 gift certificate for pet products sponsored by Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Two groups have already won $1,000 each in the weekly random prize drawing. The Animal Rescue Foundation of Lafayette, Louisiana, is one of the brave groups that carried out relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, rescuing more than 100 displaced pets. The Community Cat Connection of Webster, Massachusetts houses up to forty-seven cats and kittens at a time, and will use the prize money to buy food and medications for their rescued cats.

"Supporting pet adoptions is one of the most important things any animal lover can do," says Heidi Healey of Community Cat Connection. "By supporting pet adoptions, you are saving the life of your next family member - and giving hope to the volunteers who work tirelessly to help these animals."

After voting, people are presented with opportunities to adopt homeless pets from their local shelter and take online action on behalf of animals. "This is the best time to support shelters and to adopt a pet," said Randy Paynter, president and founder of Care2.com. "The winter will be here soon, and while shelters are working hard to care for more animals, they can't do it alone. We're asking people to vote to help animal welfare groups in dire need of resources and to consider adopting a pet to give abandoned animals a happy home."

"October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and a great opportunity for us to remember how wonderful shelter pets are," said David Meyer, President of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "Today your vote can make a difference for homeless pets and the animal shelters that care for them."

There are still two weekly prizes available from Adopt-a-Pet.com, and five more prizes sponsored by Care2 for the groups with the most votes. The contest ends November 1, 2008.

Quick Details: "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" Contest

  • Contest period: Sept. 22 - Nov.1, 2008
  • Website: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/
  • Who can participate: Anyone in the United States can vote for their favorite shelter or rescue group.
  • Grand prize: Care2 to award $10,000 to group with most votes nationwide.
  • Runner-up prizes: Care2 to award $5,000 (total) to four runner-ups.
  • Weekly prizes: Adopt-a-Pet.com awarding $1,000 each week in random drawings (totaling $5,000).
  • Recruiters' prizes: Adopt-a-Pet.com to award a $50 gift certificate to the top 20 people who recruit the most friends.

Visit the website for http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/contest_rules.html.

About Care2
With more than 9.4 million members and over 350 nonprofit partners worldwide, Care2 is the largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare. Founded in 1998, Care2 has featured nearly 244,000 petitions created by the site and its members, collecting more than 28 million signatures on timely and important issues, ranging from wildlife conservation to healthcare to human rights. Please visit the Care2 community at http://www.care2.com/

About Adopt-a-Pet.com
Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America's largest nonprofit homeless pet adoption website, displaying pets from over 6,000 animals shelters to 1.5 million potential pet adopters each month. The organization helps shelters, humane societies, and SPCAs advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free.

Media Contacts:

Care2.com
Rosa Del Angel
202-465-3777 x9108
contestmedia@earth.care2.com
http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/

Adopt-a-Pet.com
David Meyer
310-897-6546
Davidm@AdoptaPet.com
http://www.AdoptaPet.com

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