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Bangor Humane Society needs your votes

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BANGOR -The Bangor Humane Society could win $100,000, but it needs your help to do so. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, along with talk show host and animal lover Rachel Ray are hosting the $100K challenge which encourages shelters to work harder at saving more lives. Here's how it works - 50 shelters that are selected by their communities will be entered into the contest. If those 50 shelters can save the lives of 300 or more animals from August through October 2012 than they did during those same months in 2011, they could win 10, 20, 25, or even 100,000 dollars.

"We're excited. We're the only shelter in Maine participating, but we have to be voted in by the community first," explained Stacey Coventry, volunteer and Bangor Humane Society public relations manager.

There are more than 100 shelters vying to participate in the $100K challenge, but only the top 50 will be entered into the competition. It's the public who decides through their votes which shelters make the top 50. To vote for the Bangor Humane Society, individuals can go online to www.votetosavelives.org. The public is allowed to vote once a day, every day from April 5 through April 16.

"The Androscoggin Humane Society placed third last year and won $20,000. It really reshaped their image and their adoption rate has grown to 92 percent," said Coventry. "Once you participate, you can't the following year, so Androscoggin has been mentoring us through this process."

Coventry says the Bangor Humane Society would love nothing more than the chance to win the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K challenge so it can continue to care for animals in need until they are able to find a forever home.

For more information on the Bangor Humane Society log onto www.bangorhumane.org; to vote for the shelter, log onto www.votetosavelives.org.

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