The first full week of November is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, a week of recognition started by the Humane Society of the United States to encourage people to become better acquainted with their local shelters and learn how they can help. We first recognized this week with a contest last year, and are doing so again this year! Prizes include a $1,000 grant for the first-place group, to aid in their lifesaving work, and donations of 1-800-PetMeds’ Flea5X Plus flea preventative for two runners-up.
Representatives of U.S. animal rescue groups can enter the contest now until November 7, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. by filling out the form here. To enter, the representative will share what makes his/her group unique, along with a photo illustrating this, and will complete the entry form.
Once the entry period has ended, a panel of judges will review the entries and judge each based on the fluency of the entry answer; the creativity and relevance of the entry photo; and the impact the rescue group has on its community. The ten rescue groups with the highest scores will be named finalists and will continue on to the voting phase.
All U.S. residents 18 and older can vote for the finalist of their choice once every 24 hours from November 11, 2015, at midnight ET until November 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Once the voting period has ended, the three winners will be chosen based on the number of votes received.
How can your rescue group win?
First, take some time to think about what makes your group special and how you help your community. You can share a story of a volunteer, tell us about a rescued pet or share some statistics about the number of animals you save each year. It’s your time to brag about your group’s efforts! Tell us all about it in your answer on the contest entry form.
Then, upload a photo related to your answer with us. We’re looking for creative and relevant photos that help convey what makes your group unique. Remember, a photo is worth a thousand words, so pick your image wisely!
If your group is named as a finalist, we encourage you to share the news with your community and ask for votes. Social media is a great tool for garnering support, but you can also email your fans, put up flyers at your rescue or verbally tell new adopters to vote and help you out.
Even if your group doesn’t come in first, it is our hope this week-long campaign will gain some new supporters for both your rescue and animal adoption as a whole.