Care2 Launches National Contest to Support and Promote Animal Shelters' and Rescue Groups' Efforts

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Care2, the largest online community of people passionate about making a difference, and Adopt-a-Pet.com launch "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" contest to help animal groups provide services for, and raise awareness of, animals in need. Care2 is awarding the grand prize of $10k to the group that wins the most votes nationwide. Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet are also giving cash prizes to runner-ups and in weekly drawings. Voters also have opportunities to win prizes.

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In the U.S., cats and dogs have been hurt by people's unforeseen circumstances

To support and promote animal welfare groups' efforts, Care2 (http://www.care2.com) and Adopt-a-Pet.com are sponsoring "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" contest. The animal shelter or rescue group that receives the most votes will be awarded the grand prize of $10,000.

Over the past year, animal shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. have seen an increase in homeless animals due to home foreclosures, job losses, the closing of puppy mills and natural disasters (e.g. floods, wildfires). The current financial system crisis will only worsen this difficult situation. As a result, these groups are strained for resources and funds to keep providing quality care to the dogs and cats they rescue and protect.

Care2, the largest online community of people passionate about making a difference, will award the grand prize of $10,000 to the animal welfare group that receives the most votes via the contest website: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest . In addition to the grand prize, Care2 is awarding $3,000, $1,000 and two prizes of $500 to the four runner-ups respectively. Winners will be announced the second week of November.

To ensure every shelter and rescue group has an opportunity to win a prize, Adopt-a-Pet.com is also giving prizes of $1,000 at random (not based on votes) each week during the contest period.

The contest started on Monday, Sept. 22 and ends on Saturday, Nov. 1. Through the contest website 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 sponsored by Adopt-a-Pet.com.

"Care2 and its members have shown unwavering support of animal welfare issues throughout the years and are devoted to improving their plight, like our organization," said David Meyer, president of Adopt-A-Pet.com. "We have 6,000 animal shelters across the country seeking to find homes for pets in their care, and the number of homeless pets on our site is increasing each month. By partnering with Care2 for this contest, we can further our goal of raising awareness about animal shelters and finding good homes for these animals."

"In the U.S., cats and dogs have been hurt by people's unforeseen circumstances," said Randy Paynter, president and founder of Care2. "It's the reason we decided to host the contest. While we understand that this is not the solution to this increasing problem, it is a start. Our goal is to help homeless animals and show how everyone can make a difference - whether through voting for their local shelter or spreading the word."

Quick Details: "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" Contest
-- Contest period: Sept. 22 - Nov.1, 2008
-- Contest website: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest
-- Who can participate: Anyone can go online and 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 to award $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 website for contest rules.

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
Ellisa Feinstein
415-921-2312
contestmedia (at) earth.care2.com

Adopt-a-Pet.com
David Meyer
310-897-6546
Davidm (at) AdoptaPet.com

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