Local Angels of Assisi Shelter Wins National Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Roanoke shelter saves 812 pets in three months; wins $30K in grant funding

This wonderful picture of Aliitoa, an Angels of Assisi dog that is up for adoption, was taken by Kristin Guffey who specializes in animal photography. See her work on the web at framethedog.com/
This wonderful picture of Aliitoa, an Angels of Assisi dog that was adopted last year, was taken by Christina Lee who specializes in animal photography. See her work on the web at framethedog.com/

The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has announced that the Angels of Assisi Animal Shelter in Roanoke has won Division One of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The organization found homes for 812 pets during the three-month competition; an increase of 418 lives saved over the same period last year, and was awarded a total of $30,000 in grant funding from the ASPCA and Rachael Ray in one of several celebration events throughout the nation.

The 50 animal shelter contestants worked to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2014 than they did over the same three-month period in 2013.  This year’s competing shelters saved a total of 68,805 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 16,789 over the same period in 2013. Over the five years of the $100K Challenge  – held annually since 2010 – contestestants saved a total of 282,679 lives.

“Staff and volunteers at Angels of Assisi  shattered their own records for most adoptions in a single day, week and month,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of strategic initiatives for the ASPCA. “They realized an 106% increase in life-saving this summer, that’s a whole lot of creativity, dedication and determination for saving more lives.”

In addition to Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, contestants in Division One (those with an annual intake of 1,500-2,500 animals) for the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge were:

  • Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, Calif.
  • City of Chico Animal Shelter in Chico, Calif.
  • Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine
  • Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster, Ind.
  • Humane Society of Delaware County in Delaware, Ohio
  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton in Dayton, Ohio
  • Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Lynchburg Humane Society in Lynchburg, Va.
  • Pet Helpers in Charleston, S.C.

Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups her entire life. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create a pet food called Nutrish to raise money for animals in need.  Ray donates her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.

The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. For information about the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, visit www.aspca.org/100K.