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Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is one of 108 shelters across the country officially in the running for slots in The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The top 50 shelters will compete for a $100,000 grand prize and more than $500,000 in prize grants.
The top 50 shelters will be chosen through online public voting. After the contestants are selected, the participating shelters will try to save at least 300 more cats and dogs during August, September and October 2012 than they did in the same time period in 2011. The $100,000 grand prize will be awarded to the shelter that has the greatest increase in saves during this period. Two $25,000 prizes will also be awarded: one to the shelter that is second in increasing the number of animal saves and the other to the shelter that best engaged the community in its efforts. Additional grants will be given to the organizations that do the best in their divisions.
The Qualifying Heat vote is officially underway, as of April 5 at noon. The public can vote here until midnight on Monday, April 16. The top five shelters in each division will automatically gain spots in the competition, and the remaining 25 slots will be filled by the shelters with the most votes.