The 108 contenders must get their supporters to vote for them online from April 5-16, and the top 50 shelters will go on to compete for more than $500,000 in prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000.
Among the competitors are San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control in San Bernardino and Animal Friends of the Valleys in Wildomar.
Supporters can vote for their favorite shelter daily from noon Eastern Time April 5 until midnight ET on April 16.
The 50 shelters selected must then save the lives of at least 300 more cats and dogs during August, September and October 2012 than they did during the same period in 2011. The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter that achieves the greatest increase during the three-month period.
“This event assists in meeting the health and social services needs of the County’s
population and supports the Countywide Vision where all sectors work collaboratively to reach
shared goals,” said Brian Cronin, Division Chief Animal Care and Control. “The event will do
this by building new and expanding existing partnerships among public agencies, businesses,
and non-profit and faith-based organizations.”
To become one of the fifty competing shelters, the agency will earn their spot by
getting the most online votes. Individuals can vote once per day during the voting period. To
vote for San Bernardino County, go to ACC’s website at www.sbcounty.gov/acc and follow the
links, or go directly to www.votetosavelives.org/. Voting begins April 5th and will continue
through April 16th. Tell your friends and family; get the word out, vote every day.