New York, NY - The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center, in Tallahassee, Fla., is one of three finalists in the running to win the ASPCA’s $25,000 Community Engagement Award. Other finalists include the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society in Menands, N.Y., and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colo. The Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center is also in the running to win the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge, a national contest designed to inspire animal shelters across the country to save more lives.
“When you consider that the word ‘community’ is in their name, it is easy to see where Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center gets its dedication,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “When they took on the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge, they clearly committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of both the two-legged and four-legged members of the Tallahassee community.”
The ASPCA Community Engagement Award—a $25,000 grant—will be awarded to the $100K Challenge contestant that did the best job of getting its community involved in saving more lives during the ASPCA $100K Challenge. The three finalists were determined based on which received the most online votes on the $100K Challenge Web site. The ASPCA Community Engagement Award winner will be selected from the three finalists by the ASPCA Grants Committee based on the following criteria: the number of people the contestant engaged during the challenge; the breadth of ways the community participated; and the level of community enthusiasm for saving homeless animals as evidenced by photos, stories, links, news coverage, and videos posted on the $100K Challenge Web site.
During this three-month contest, each contestant worked to save at least 300 more animals—from August through October 2010—than they did during the same period in 2009. The contestant that achieves the greatest increase during the three-month period will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue their life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the contestant that engages the largest number of community members in helping to save more lives.
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Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.
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