Written by Jennifer P.
Here we go again! The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge 2015 kicks off today with nearly 300 animal welfare organizations from across the country (and Puerto Rico) embarking on the 5 week fundraising journey. The participants this year are as diverse as ever but what they all have in common is the goal of raising a LOT of money for their life-saving programs, and the desire to win the $50,000 grand prize from Found Animals!
The top 5 fundraisers will take home a $50,000, $20,000, $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 grand prize. Another $25,000 will be given away through weekly ‘Bonus Challenges,’ for which all participants are eligible. And new in 2015, generous sponsors like Boehringer Ingelheim, Cat Crib, DOG for DOG, Feline Yogi, FitBark, Jackson Galaxy, Kittyo, Metro Paws, Petmate, and ThunderShirt will be giving away another $20,000 in prizes.
Last year, the Challenge raised over $1 Million and helped save the lives of countless animals. In an effort to make the 2015 installment better than ever, last month Found Animals staffers made their way to New Orleans for the HSUS Animal Care Expo. We recruited a number of new participants and even ran into some of last year’s winners! You can check out the presentation we gave on the Saving Pets Challenge at Expo here.
Although fundraising starts today, we’ve extended the deadline to apply to May 15 at 5:00 pm ET. Given that there are so many opportunities to win a cash grant or a prize throughout the Challenge period, registering after May 4 won’t hamper your chances of being successful. For all the necessary details, check out this blog post.
This year we hope to raise more money than ever to support these wonderful organizations, and we hope you’ll support them too! Not surprisingly, the top 3 teams of the 2014 Challenge: Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Rescued Pets Movement and FACE Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, are putting their paws in the race yet again! Think you can beat them in 2015? You can’t win if you don’t play!
Congrats to The Cat’s Meow Animal Rescue for being randomly selected as the winner of a $100 Match from CrowdRise for applying to the Challenge!
If you’re an animal lover, help us spread the word by visiting the Saving Pets Challenge 2015 website to donate and share with your network. If you’re an animal welfare organization, apply now at www.CrowdRise.com/SavingPetsChallenge.