Animal shelters hope to scratch up support |

Animal shelters hope to scratch up support

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter is No. 3, but it would like to be No. 1.

Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs is close behind at No. 5.

They’re hoping to get to No. 1, too.

“If we can’t get the top spot in the nation, we have a pretty good chance at getting the top in Colorado,” said Rifle Animal Shelter manager Heather Mullen.

Mullen and Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter, and CARE are participating in the Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge.

The Animal Rescue Site selects eligible animal rescue organizations to receive special funds to help animals in their area. People can vote online once per day for their rescue. More than 60 grants will be awarded for a total of $100,000 going to eligible members by the end of July 2009.

“We’d love to win this because we work really hard to care for these animals, and we could really use the help,” Mullen said.

The money would be used by the shelter to pay for spay and neutering of animals, other medical procedures and cost.

“The grant money is to help us take care of the animals in our shelter,” Mullen said. “But the grant money is for shelters who have support from their community.”

According to CARE Executive Director Leslie Rockey, it’s a great way for people who want to show their support but may not have the means to do so otherwise.

“It’s easy for people to do because they can just get on their computer and vote,” Rockey said.

Voting began on April 13 and ends at midnight on July 26. Fifteen weekly $1,000 prizes will also be awarded throughout the course of the challenge. Final winners will be announced on July 29, with the final prize of $20,000 going to the organization with the most cumulative votes for the duration of the challenge.

Currently, the Rifle Animal Shelter is third in the state behind Colorado Greyhound Adoption in Littleton, and MaxFund Animal Adoption Center in Denver.

As of May 22, Mullen said that the Rifle Animal Shelter was 89th in the nation, but it was 55th just a little while ago. Colorado has 327 shelters participating in the challenge, and there are thousands across the nation. Other local shelters involved include Animal Rescue Foundation of Colorado and Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale.

“Every time you vote it gets us closer to the top in the state,” Mullen said.

The 2008 challenge received more than 3 million votes for animal shelters across the nation.

According to the the size of the facility didn’t matter as much as the shelter’s ability to connect with their community.

“It’s pretty hard to win, there are a lot of other shelters,” Rockey said. “I don’t know if we could beat the others, but even $1,000 would be great. Anything would be great. It’s just a good thing.”

To vote visit, and click on the shelter challenge link on the right hand side.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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