You can help a south Georgia animal shelter win $100,000. The Thomasville -Thomas County Humane Society is a finalist in a national competition.
Kennels are filled with cats and dogs waiting to enjoy a new home and now there is new incentive to become a pet owner.
"We were fortunate enough to get into the ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge," said Executive Director Ed Williams.
Starting Friday, the humane society will offer adoption deals and boost their visibility on social networks. For just $25 when you adopt a pet they'll be brought up to date on all of their shots, spayed or neutered, they'll get a microchip and you'll get a new family friend.
That's a one hundred dollar value, but you can get a big break on the price during an adopt-a-thon on Friday and Saturday. The society had to go through a long process to be considered for the contest.
"Several months of work trying to get into this, and we we're selected as one of the 50 shelters across the country, that get to participate this year so we're really excited," Williams said.
If the Thomasville humane society adopts the most pets and demonstrates community engagement, the shelter could win between $25,000 and $100,000 to help move their mission forward.
"Regardless if we win grant money which we hope that we do, if we save more lives, increase our live release rate, get animals back to owners or adopted to a new family, then that's a win in itself."
And with their eyes on the prize, they're putting forth the effort to emerge as champions, whether they're the champion of the challenge or victorious in the eyes of pets that need heroes.