Best in Shelter Announces Fourth Online Competition

Eight Animal Rescue Organizations Vie for $67,000 in Prize Money

November 7, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Best in Shelter (, a nonprofit organization created to encourage pet adoption from local shelters and rescue organizations, is pleased to announce its 2017 online competition for animal rescue organizations. The competition begins on November 10th, 2017 and will continue through November 17th, 2017.

Created in 2011 by mystery writer Martha Grimes, this is the fourth online competition created to raise awareness about the impact of disasters on animals. 2017 has seen weather events with devastating catastrophic proportions in the form of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. This new Best in Shelter contest is therefore dedicated to rescue. Its eight participants make up a tiny proportion of rescue groups and organizations all across the country, many of whom have performed as animal first responders with astonishing speed and devotion. Best in Shelter celebrates all of those who rescue animals from disaster, adversity and abuse

“Best in Shelter celebrates all of those who rescue animals from disaster, adversity and abuse,” said Martha Grimes.

The eight participating sanctuaries are: Second Chance Wildlife Center; The Animal Welfare League of Arlington; City Dogs Rescue & City Kittens; Muttville Senior Dog Recue; Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary; Puget Sound Goat Rescue; The Cow Sanctuary and The Rooster’s Sanctuary Danzig’s Roost.

Animal rescue organizations must videos and still photos of the animals they nominate to Best in Shelter to be available for viewing on the website. The videos and still photos can be found at by scrolling down to the sanctuary and clicking on the logo.

The first place winner in the Best Sanctuary category will be awarded $30,000, while the second place winner receives $20,000 and third place winner will receive $10,000. Each rescue organization is limited to one prize and those organizations not receiving an award will be granted an honorable mention grant of $1,000.

Voting will take place on the Best in Shelter website via Facebook and animal lovers are asked to cast their votes for their favorite rescue animal. One vote per day is permitted. Voting will begin November 10th and will end November 17th.

November 7, 2017
Contact: Christine Grimes Kelly 

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