The Jacksonville Humane Society Takes the ASPCA $100K Challenge to Save More Lives

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to award $100,000 to organization that saves the most dogs and cats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 28, 2010) – The Jacksonville Humane Society is competing in a national contest to save more lives. As one of just 50 organizations nationally who made it into the Challenge, the Jacksonville Humane Society will be competing with shelters across the country to save at least 300 more animals locally —during the months of August, September, and October 2010—over the same three-month period in 2009.

“We are very excited about the potential the Challenge has for affecting tremendous change,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Shelters from every part of the country have stepped up to the Challenge, and when they engage their communities to save more lives – everyone will win, especially the animals.”

“For JHS, this competition is about finding homes for as many dogs and cats as we can,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society. “All the contestants in this challenge are winners just because they are increasing the number of animals finding homes.”

The Jacksonville Humane Society will increase the lives saved in our community through an increased focus on adoptions: more transfers of adoption animals from overcrowded shelters, mobile adoption locations every weekend and a renewed community involvement campaign.

Saving this many more lives will require our entire community to get involved by adopting a pet from the adoption center, encouraging friends and family to adopt a dog or cat; and advocating for pet adoption via their own Facebook pages and other social media outlets.

More than 700 organizations from across the United States applied to participate in the 100K Challenge. The Jacksonville Humane Society is the only Northeast Florida animal welfare organization participating in the contest.

The ASPCA will announce the winner of the $100,000 grant at the beginning of December.

More information about the ASPCA 100K Challenge is available at http://challenge.aspcapro.org/.

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) 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. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a non-profit, no-kill center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them. For more information, please visit www.jaxhumane.org.

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Media contact:

Michelle Gilliam
Jacksonville Humane Society
904-725-8766 x243 (office)
904-859-8606 (cell)
mgilliam@jaxhumane.org