TAHS wins in ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Posted Nov 30th, 2012 by Cyndi Condit  Category: Community Interest


Toledo, OH – The Toledo Area Humane Society is excited to announce that they won the North Central Division title in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and will receive a $25,000 grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). TAHS found homes for 1,190 pets during the three-month competition, an increase of 612 lives saved over the same period last year. 50 shelters across the United States worked to increase the number of animals saved in order to win a portion of the more than $500,000 in prize grants from the ASPCA and Rachael Ray, including the grand prize of $100,000.

“We are absolutely overjoyed right now,” said Dr. Debbie Johnson, Director of Operations for the Toledo Area Humane Society. “The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge was a great motivator for our team our community – it helped us connect hundreds of the beautiful, fun, loving cats and dogs in our shelter with the right families. Working together, not only did we save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families, we’ve been awarded an overall total of $30,000, including the check for $25,000 that the ASPCA Award Committee surprised us with today.”

The Toledo Area Humane Society started off strong in the month of August, holding a MEGA adoption event where they found homes for nearly 100 animals in just two days. TAHS also took to social media to promote the work they were doing, posting videos of their adoptables and plenty of photos of happy adopters. In just the first month of the Challenge, TAHS found homes for 441 pets (for which they were awarded a $5,000 “Fast Start” grant by the ASPCA).

“We are incredibly thankful for all of the support we have received from the community, not only during this Challenge, but year-round” said Dr. Johnson. “To celebrate and help share our appreciation, we are having an open house at the Humane Society tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the community and our supporters. Additionally, to help even more animals find their forever homes and to celebrate our $25,000 grant, we will be having special adoption prices this weekend.”

Beginning Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 2 all cat and kitten adoption fees will be just$25 and all dog (over the age of 6 months old) adoption fees will be $25 off.

TAHS was one of 50 contestants that worked to save more cats and dogs during the months of August, September and October 2012 than they did during the same period in 2011. Combined, the 50 $100K Challenge shelters saved 56,232 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same three months last year.

The Toledo Area Humane Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization they are committed to the welfare of animals by providing temporary shelter and care while seeking permanent homes. Donations from local individuals, corporations and monies generated by fundraisers and earned revenue are a major source of funding for the Toledo Area Humane Society. For any questions please call 419-891-0705 or visit Like us on Facebook:

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