Saving Pets Challenge: $100,000 in grants for municipal shelters, private organizations

April 15, 2015

bigstock-face-of-cat-closeup-26574392Last year, the Found Animals Foundation’s Saving Pets Challenge raised over $1 million (our favorite number here at the Million Cat Challenge!) to support programs that reduced shelter pet euthanasia. This year, they’re back for more!

The foundation is partnering with CrowdRise to raise funds for new or existing programs that increase lifesaving in the communities served by municipal animal shelters or nonprofit groups. From Found Animals:

There are no restrictions on the type of projects participants can raise money for, so long as they address the common goal of increasing live outcomes of pets in shelters. For example, participants can raise money for projects that prevent shelter intake or accelerate live releases.

Cash grant prizes to the top 5 fundraisers will total over $90,000, with the first place winner getting $50,000, the second place winner getting $20,000, the third place getting $10,000, fourth getting $7,500, and fifth place getting $5,000. And of course, the organizations will get to keep all the money they raise.

There will be an additional $25,000 given away through weekly bonus challenges, for with all participants in the running.

Support from Found Animals and CrowdRise, including a toolkit for maximizing fundraising success, is provided to all participants throughout the challenge.
CrowdRise will present a webinar about the challenge on Thursday, April 23, at 3 pm ET. Information on how to attend will be sent to you after you apply for the challenge.

Sign-ups end May 3. Fundraising begins Monday, May 4, 2015, at noon ET and runs through Friday, June 5. Get more details and to apply here.

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