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Humane Society wins $10,000 from Rachael Ray's ASPCA challenge

TTCHS wins $10,000 grant from ASPCA challenge TTCHS wins $10,000 grant from ASPCA challenge
TTCHS Executive Director Ed Williams TTCHS Executive Director Ed Williams
TTCHS Kennel Manager Stephanie Williams TTCHS Kennel Manager Stephanie Williams
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society won a $10,000 grant thanks to hard work of shelter employees and volunteers.

The animals seemed as happy as the staff about their award. 

Back in January, they entered this year's ASPCA challenge.  

They made the waiting list, and hoped a shelter would drop out so they could join in.

TTCHS Executive Director Ed Williams said, “One of the challengers actually did drop out. So we got in at the last minute.”

Staff and volunteers worked hard to win the $100,000 grand prize. 

But they were up against some pretty steep competition.

Kennel Manager Stephanie Williams said, “This is a pretty small area compared to some of the other ones.  The shelter that won was based out of Jacksonville, so they obviously have a lot more people there.  So I think we did really, really great for the size that we have.”

Shelters were ranked on the number of animals each shelter adopted out, transferred, and returned to previous owners over a three month period.  

Ed Williams said, “Overall, we had a 120% increase in lives saved.  So, we're really proud of that. We worked really hard.”

That number earned them the Most Improved Award for their region.  

And second out of the entire country.

But they say the $10,000 they received isn't what is truly rewarding.

Stephanie Williams said, “Being able to see these people come in and pick the animal that's right for them, and take them home, and knowing that that animal is going to have a great home.  It's amazing.  It's such a good feeling.  There's nothing better than that feeling.”

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