CLEARWATER – The Humane Society of Pinellas recently completed the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, asking Tampa Bay residents for help in adopting out animals in need.
The challenge was a contest in which animal shelters across the nation competed to break their own adoption records for a grand prize of $100,000 – throughout the months of June, July and August 2013, the HSP was able to adopt out a total of 852 animals, an increase of 316 from summer 2012, and finish the competition in 16th place overall.
The HSP began the competition with a strong start, with 800 Tampa Bay residents visiting the facility during the challenge’s opening weekend – as a result of the avid community interest, the shelter also reached its July 2012 adoption numbers within the first two weeks of the month, despite being closed for two days due to Tropical Storm Andrea. In addition to beating its overall adoption numbers, the HSP started a hosted adoption program at Petco Tarpon Springs, increased retail sales revenue through the Adoption Center by 502 percent summer 2013 over summer 2012 and also met its goal of increasing its community engagement statistics.
HSP officials say the facility still has many animals waiting for a good home. The HSP also enlists the help of volunteers and accepts donations. For information, visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.