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Pet shelter challenge offering 77 grants

Media releases compiled by Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor

Animal lovers have until Aug. 22 to vote for their favorite pet shelters and try to secure one of 77 grants offered by

Seventy-seven grants will be awarded for a total of $100,000 to eligible members. Final prizes will go to the eligible organization with the highest accumulative votes for the duration of the Shelter+ Challenge as specified in the rules.

Voting began May 17 and ends at midnight (PST) Aug. 22. The more friends you can rally to vote for your favorite rescue organization, the better its chances of winning. You are allowed to vote once each day.

Big Island organizations that need your votes include: AdvoCATS Hawaii of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island Humane Society, Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary of Kurtistown, and Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary of Hilo.

Eligible organizations with the most votes could receive a weekly prize and/or one of the other grants below:

* Grand Prize: One $10,000 grant
* Second Prize: One $7,000 grant
* Third Prize: One $5,000 grant
* Most Touching Story Prize – May: One $2,000 grant
* Most Touching Story Prize – June: One $2,000 grant
* Most Touching Story Prize – July: One $2,000 grant
* Most Touching Story Prize – August: One $2,000 grant
* State Winners: Fifty-one $1,000 state grants (50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.)
* Canadian Winners: Three $1,000 grants will be awarded
* International Winner: Two $1,000 grants will be awarded
* Weekly Winners: Fourteen $1,000 grants will be awarded, one for each week of the Shelter+ Challenge

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