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The Idaho Humane Society has received a $15,000 grant as one of six shelters across the country recognized through the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) “150 Days of Rescue” contest. The campaign was launched earlier this year in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary and encouraged animal lovers from across the country to nominate their favorite shelter or rescue group.
“We are honored that through this grant the ASPCA recognizes the incredible support IHS has within our community, especially among our thousands of volunteers, and the hard work that our dedicated staff does for companion animals in our region every day,” said IHS development director Jessamine Jones.
Funds from the unrestricted grant allow IHS to treat every animal as an individual and give each the specialized care it needs – be it simply a warm place to stay and steady meals or additional attention such life-saving medical care and behavioral training.
For 150 days – between April 10 and Sept. 7 – the ASPCA encouraged animal lovers to visit ASPCA150.org and pledge their time to help animals in need. Possible actions included volunteering at a local shelter, fostering and adopting homeless animals and advocating for stronger animal welfare laws. Those who logged their actions on the website were asked to nominate their favorite shelter or rescue group to receive a grant prize.
At the conclusion of the 150 days, the ASPCA had received hundreds of thousands of heartfelt nominations for shelters and rescues around the country. It selected Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter of Harahan, La., to receive a $150,000 grand prize. The $15,000 prize winners were IHS, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter of Baltimore, Md.; Cat Adoption Team of Sherwood, Ore.; Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation of Palm City, Fla.; and Hawaiian Humane Society of Honolulu, Hawaii.