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The Broward animal shelter is the only one in South Florida competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, public education coordinator Lisa Mendheim says.
If you were thinking of bringing home a new best friend from an animal shelter, now is a good time to do so in Broward County.
Broward’s shelter is one of 50 across the country that are competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. It kicked off at the beginning of August and goes until Halloween.
"We were very honored to be voted in by our community here in South Florida the only shelter in South Florida participating in the challenge,” said Lisa Mendheim, the public education coordinator at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption.
The shelter system takes in thousands of these pets every year in dire need of loving owners.
"As large a county as we are, we have tons and tons of dogs and cats that are homeless – hundreds and thousands of them. And our shelter handles many of them,” Mendheim said. “We get a lot of pets that are surrendered to us, a lot of pets that are lost from home and the owner never came to claim them.”
Every pet that finds a new home counts towards the goal of 1,636 pets in the contest, which will award a $100,000 prize.
"The challenge is all about adopting as many pets, dogs and cats and saving lives as we possibly can,” Mendheim said.
The prize money would go a long way in Broward – towards much-needed funding for the animal clinic, and food and medical supplies to care for the animals. It could even be used for a new shelter that's now in the works in the county.
"We are so much more than the pound — we do a lot of rehabilitation so animals can be adopted out in the community, they can be fostered for a while, and then put back in the community to be adopted when they’re old enough or well enough,” Mendheim said.