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Bangor Humane Society wins spot in ASPCA $100K challenge

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BANGOR - The Bangor Humane Society is one step closer toward winning the ASPCA $100K challenge. For two weeks the Mt. Hope Avenue shelter depended on online votes from the public to help push the facility into the national competition. When all the votes were tallied, the Bangor Humane Society finished fourth in the Northeast, a division that also includes shelters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

"We ended up with a little over 15,000 votes and finished 12th in the country out of 104 shelters and fourth in the Northeast," said Executive Director Suzan Bell. "Androscoggin was in the challenge last year and finished third in the country and first in the Northeast. If they can do it, we can do it."

From April 4 through 16, the public was urged to vote online, once a day, for the shelter they felt was the most deserving to be in the challenge. On April 17, an ASPCA represented contacted the 50 shelters with the most votes to inform them they were eligible for the contest.

"We were all up after midnight. I got an official notification from ASPCA saying 'Congratulations, you did it'," said Bell. "It's just very gratifying knowing the community is behind you. It's not that they're helping the people who work here, they're helping the pets who are here. That's why I know we can do this challenge and be successful."

Bell said that the hard work begins now. As part of the contest, the Bangor Humane Society has to try and save the lives of 300 or more animals from August through October 2012 than it did during those same months last year. If it is successful, the shelter could win $10, $20, $25 or even $100,000.

"The potential of winning $25,000, $100,000 or any of the different levels of grant money isn't what it is really about. For me, it's about saving more lives. Frankly, if we don't get any money I'm OK with that as long as we save more lives," explained Bell.

And the way to do that is through adoptions. The Bangor Humane Society successfully placed dozens of animals in new homes during its mega match-a-thon last month and is hoping for a repeat performance in August.

"There are good homes out there and people are going to get pets whether the economy is good, bad or indifferent, and we want them to come here," said Bell.

For more information on the Bangor Humane Society, log on to www.bangorhumane.org.

Last modified on Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:13

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