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Gwinnett animal shelter to be part of $100K challenge

The Gwinnett County animal shelter has been named a challenger in a nationwide competition where 50 shelters compete to break their own records in saving animals’ lives.

Gwinnett is the only representative from Georgia in The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

During June, July and August each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013.

The Challenge is in its fifth year, and began with 7,362 more lives saved than the previous year. Since then, the numbers have been even better: 8,977 in 2011, 14,376 in 2012, and 12,050 in 2013. Increases for individual shelters range from a few animals to well over 1,000 more lives saved, with 40 shelters increasing lives saved by 300 or more in the last two contests.

In 2014, for the final year of the Challenge, 50 shelters will save even more lives, with winners earning $600,000 in prize grants, including a $100,000 grand prize for the shelter that increases lives saved the most.