Humane Society of Pinellas Celebrates Successful ‘Pick Me!’ Project Effort: Finds Homes for 852 Tampa Bay Animals

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The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) competed in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge and beat its 2012 adoption numbers by 316 – HSP placed 16th overall.

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We hope that the enthusiasm of our residents doesn’t end with the competition and we can continue to see our animals find their perfect home.

The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) recently completed the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, asking Tampa Bay residents for help in adopting out animals in need. The challenge was a contest in which animal shelters across the nation competed to break their own adoption records for a grand prize of $100,000 – throughout the months of June, July and August 2013, the HSP was able to adopt out a total of 852 animals, an increase of 316 from summer 2012, and finish the competition in 16th place overall.

The HSP began the competition with a strong start, with 800 Tampa Bay residents visiting the facility during the challenge’s opening weekend – as a result of the avid community interest, the shelter also reached its July 2012 adoption numbers within the first two weeks of the month, despite being closed for two days due to Tropical Storm Andrea. In addition to beating its overall adoption numbers, the HSP started a hosted adoption program at Petco Tarpon Springs, increased retail sales revenue through the Adoption Center by 502% summer 2013 over summer 2012 and also met its goal of increasing its overall community engagement statistics.

Despite the competition coming to a close, HSP officials say the facility still has many animals waiting for a good home – the HSP encourages residents looking for a new pet to consider adoption.

“We’re ending this challenge on such a positive note and what’s most important is that so many animals have found great owners,” said Sarah Brown, HSP Executive Director. “We hope that the enthusiasm of our residents doesn’t end with the competition and we can continue to see our animals find their perfect home.”

For those unable to adopt, the HSP enlists the help of volunteers and also accepts donations for help in providing its lifesaving services – 100% of contributions are retained by the organization.

For more information about the Humane Society of Pinellas, visit them online at http://www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.

About the Humane Society of Pinellas:

The Humane Society of Pinellas, Inc. is a nonprofit animal shelter providing lifesaving services to our community's sick, injured, abused and abandoned pets and wildlife. The Humane Society of Pinellas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an Open Paw ® shelter. The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) “treats the treatable and trains the trainable” with no time limit for adoptable animals. One hundred per cent of contributions are retained by our organization. This November, The Humane Society of Pinellas is on target to exceed last month's adoptions, due to the exceptional quality of life pets receive at the shelter, and the large variety of pets to fit everyone's wants and needs. For more information, visit http://www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.

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