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Help shelter win grand prize

The Denton Animal Shelter and the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation Inc. are another step closer to winning a pet adoption competition that could net a $100,000 grand prize.

Now, they need our help to cross the finish line in first place.

Officials announced this week that they had reached the second of three goals in the competition by charting 1,182 adoptions. That was the magic number needed to remain competitive, Bette Sherman, foundation chairwoman, treasurer and co-founder, told us.

The competition dates back to March, when the shelter began participating in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. It’s a competition designed to inspire animal shelters across the nation to increase pet adoption rates, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals.

In April, the public voted to support the shelter during the first stage of the competition. The votes allowed the center to continue in the challenge and earn a spot among the top 50 competitors.

The adoption portion of the competition began Aug. 1 and required the shelter to increase adoptions by 300 pets over the same time last year.

Now, in the contest’s third phase, the shelter is trying win the most votes through social media. The public can vote once daily through Oct. 31.

To vote, visit and click on the $100,000 Challenge tab under the banner.

We hope will you sign on and vote today and every day until the deadline, and we encourage you to invite your friends and family to do the same.

You could help the Denton shelter win the $100,000 grand prize or one of several smaller prizes, and that’s a worthwhile goal in our book.

Any money the shelter wins in the Rachael Ray Challenge will be used for medical expenses, adoption subsidies and other expenses at the shelter, officials said.

We believe shelter supporters will get out the vote during this third phase of the competition, just as they have rallied to help during the previous two stages. Over the weekend, the foundation held its third Tails & Trails event, drawing an estimated 5,000 people in attendance and 700 participants for the walks and races held as part of the event.

That’s a great turnout, and it serves to illustrate how folks feel about the shelter, the foundation and the services that are provided.

But more importantly, it shows that these folks care about animals. That’s what touches us most and convinces us that we can help the foundation win the grand prize in this competition and do even more worthwhile work.

The successes already achieved are commendable — 1,182 adoptions is a significant figure — and one final effort could put us in the money.

Let’s make it happen.