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Animal services center competes for grants

Animal services center competes for grants

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The Winnebago County Animal Services Center competes to benefit their furry tenants.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosts this drive and while the competition stretches across the nation. The Winnebago County center isn't about to roll over.

$100,000 in grant money. That's what's up for grabs as the Winnebago County Animal Services Center preps to compete with over 100 other shelters across the country.

The competition... Put on by the ASPCA pushes shelters to save more lives and find more homes for pets.

"It also includes returning animals to their owners so the more animals that we have reclaimed from our shelter that come into our shelter lost, that counts as more lives saved as well," says Donna Apgar.

Adoptions Coordinator Donna Apgar encourages folks in Winnebago County to vote and vote often. She says grant money would be a major help to their center.

Promoting more adoptions so we have more animals get adopted but we also want to target some spay-neuter areas that are not being hit in our community.

In 2011 the center found new homes for around 1400 animals. Apgar says the ultimate goal of the competition is finding homes for these animals.

"We try to get as many animals home as we can. The 1400 is actually just adoptions. Its not counting the animals we've actually returned to their owner."

Voting opened April 5th and will close on the 16th of this month. On April 17th the shelters that qualify for the finals will be announced.

To vote you can go to the following web site:

http://challenge.aspcapro.org/shelter/Winnebago%20County%20Animal%20Services

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