Yesterday we announced the winners of the Get ‘em Home Challenge. (If you missed the announcement, you can watch the recording.) Thanks to your unwavering support for the animals, over 16,000 dogs and cats found new homes!
“We couldn’t be happier with this outcome. The Challenge brought together 109 organizations from nearly every region of the country. These groups collectively stepped out of their comfort zones to try new ideas,” said Dr. Sheila (D’Arpino) Segurson, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund®. “In all, 4,974 dogs and 11,029 cats found new homes!”
Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) took top honors with Most Creative Program Overall. JHS created the Long-Stay Task Force that goes into action whenever a dog or cat hits a stay of 30, 60, 90 and 110 days. Actions taken include a paid social media most, a feature in their newsletter and a picture and profile refresh on their website.
The first place Impact Award went to Los Angeles Animal Services in Los Angeles, CA, while Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Georgetown, TX, won Most Creative Foster or Adoption Tactic.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Most Creative Program Overall
1st place: Jacksonville Humane Society
2nd place: Hillsborough County Pet Resources
3rd place: Young Williams Animal Center
1st place: Los Angeles Animal Services
2nd place: Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
3rd place: Richmond SPCA
Most Creative Foster or Adoption Tactic
1st place: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter
2nd place: Safe Harbor Humane
3rd place: Fearless Kitty Rescue
$1,000 Challenge Completion Awards
Humane Society Silicon Valley
San Diego Humane Society
Citrus County Animal Services
Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters
Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
Meridian Canine Rescue
Louisville Metro Animal Services
Memphis Animal Services
Humane Society of South Mississippi
Interested in learning more about how the winners got ’em home? They’ll be sharing their stories, strategies and answering your questions in the Get ‘Em Home Challenge group on Maddie’s Pet Forum, so be sure to check it out!