As a former volunteer at the Delta County Animal Shelter, I was pleased to read that another U.P. shelter, this time the local Delta Animal Shelter, won one of the 66 grants awarded this quarter by the Animal Rescue Site and Petfinder.com. Over 250 grants totaling $300,000 are given out yearly, with grants being awarded every quarter.
I would like to clarify what the shelter challenge is and what it is not. To be eligible, a shelter need only be one of the 13,765 shelters and rescues listed on Petfinder.com; there is no nominating process. It is not an annual contest for the best shelter in the state of Michigan or the U.S. for that matter. It is an on-going quarterly granting process to encourage shelters to find new and better ways of networking their adoptable pets. With the rule of one vote per person per day, the total number of votes received by a shelter indicates how many people are being reached, which extrapolates to how many people can be made aware of available pets for adoption.
With such a new, small shelter receiving only one vote per person per day, it appears that the DAS staff has found many ways to network their adoptable pets. Congratulations! The shelter must be almost empty! That is great news for the many homeless cats and dogs in the Escanaba area.
To find a complete listing of the shelter challenge rules and conditions, as well as information on how to vote, go to www.animalsite.com and click on "shelter challenge" on the right-hand side of the page. You can start voting for the next round of grants on July 9 and please remember; one vote per person per day.