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Rochester Animal Services in contest

Thanks to the thousands of animal lovers who voted for Rochester Animal Services, the local shelter won a spot in this year’s “ASPCA $100,000 Challenge,” competing for grants totaling $300,000, including a top prize of $100,000.

The 2011 ASPCA $100,000 Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to owners than ever before.

Taking place from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, Rochester Animal Services will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than it did during the same period in 2010. Forty-nine other shelters are also competing as part of a goal to save at least 300 more animals.

The local shelter, according to Chris Fitzgerald, its director of animal services, received more than 28,800 votes and needs support to increase its live release rate. Community members can help by adopting pets and encouraging others to do so, volunteering at the shelter, becoming a foster home or sponsoring an off-site adoption event at work.

For more information, visit www.rochesteranimalservices.com. Follow RAS progress at: http://challenge.

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