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Groups use Challenge grants for vet bills and special projects

Wynne dog enclosuresEvery year, dozens of small animal shelters and rescue groups receive "Challenge" grants decided by visitors to The Animal Rescue Site. Groups can select how the money will be used for the care of animals.

At the Rimrock Humane Society in Montana, June’s Challenge grant will be put toward some "very much needed equipment such as Kuranda dog beds, Thundershirts, and feral cat trapping equipment. Items that we feel are a necessary component to keep our homeless animals happy and comfortable ," said Sandy Church, president/founder of the group.

In Wynne, Arkansas, the $1,000 grant helped pay for fencing so the Wynne Friends of Animals can let the dogs in their care go outside and play (shown top right).

The Nebraska Humane Society and Old Dog Haven of Washington state used their grants to help offset veterinary bills.

"Old Dog Haven works to help Western Washington's homeless senior dogs, providing permanent care in private homes as well as adoptions for dogs eight and over and assisting others in placing their senior dogs. We budget $1,000 for initial vet care for each dog we take in," said executive director Judith Piper.

At Nebraska Humane Society, their grant was used for kittens in their care, including vet bills for Violet (shown left).

9th Life Hawaii on Maui uses the Challenge grants that they’ve received to feed the cats and kittens at their no-kill sanctuary. "MAHALO to all of you who help put this together and a big pat on the back to those who thought up this brilliant concept," said 9th Life’s executive director Phyllis Tavares.

More about the Challenge grants, including complete lists of past winners, can be found here. All active members of Petfinder.com Network are eligible to receive Challenge grants. In 2011, The Animal Rescue Site has pledged $300,000 to be distributed as Challenge grants by GreaterGood.org and Petfinder.com Foundation.

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