LOCAL SHELTER HOPES TO WIN CASH GRANTS IN NATIONAL VOTING CONTEST

LOCAL SHELTER HOPES TO WIN CASH GRANTS IN NATIONAL VOTING CONTEST

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley hopes to finish in one of 50 top spots in the national ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 contest.

The groundbreaking contest challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving, forever homes. There are more than $500,000 in total prize grants to help shelters save homeless cats and dogs.

The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during the months of August, September, and October 2012. A second place prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that can best garner community support, and organizations that do best in their divisions will be eligible for grants between $5,000 and $40,000.

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is one of three shelters in New Mexico in the contest and hopes to inspire everyone in Doña Ana County to cast a vote. Votes can be made from today through April 16 on the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley shelter profile at www.votetosavelives.org.

To vote, you must be 13 years of age or older with a valid email address. There is a one vote per-person, per-day limit.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.