Let’s Get ‘Em Home!

This 3-month long contest lasted October 1 through December 31, 2018 with a focus on adopting out dogs and cats who had been in the shelter for over 30 days. It was open to organizations with physical shelters in the United States, and we awarded $50,000 in grants for out of the box thinking - creative approaches to getting dogs and cats adopted and engaging volunteers, staff and community!


A total of 109 organizations completed this challenge. Collectively, these organizations found homes for 4,974 dogs and 11,029 cats who had been in their shelters for more than 30 days!

Prize Winners

  • Most Creative Program Overall:
    -1st place: Jacksonville Humane Society, FL ($10,000)
    -2nd place: Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, FL ($7,500)
    -3rd place: Young Williams Animal Center, TN ($5,000)

  • Impact Award:
    -1st place: Los Angeles Animal Services, CA ($7,000)
    -2nd place: Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, PA ($3,500)
    -3rd place: Richmond SPCA, VA ($2,000)

  • Most Creative Foster or Adoption Tactic:
    -1st place: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, TX ($5,000)
    -2nd place: Kenosha County Humane Society dba Safe Harbor Humane, WI ($2,500)
    -3rd place: Fearless Kitty Rescue, AZ ($1,500)

  • Randomly Selected Winners: $1,000 Grant
    -Humane Society Silicon Valley, CA
    -San Diego Humane Society, CA
    -Citrus County Animal Services, FL
    -Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters, GA
    -Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter, MO
    -Nevada SPCA, NV
    -Meridian Canine Rescue, ID
    -Louisville Metro Animal Services, KY
    -Memphis Animal Services, TN
    -Humane Society of South Mississippi, MS


Did you miss this challenge, but still want to help your long-stay cats and dogs find their homes? Check out the recordings of our Get ‘Em Challenge Huddles to learn more!