If they succeed, it'll be in the running for cash prizes as part of the ASPCA's Rachael Ray $100K adoption contest. The River North shelter is competing against 50 other facilities for the top prize: $100,000, awarded to the shelter that finds homes for the most animals.
The challenge runs through Aug. 31, with monthly goals of adopting a minimum of 300 animals. Thus far it's found homes for 132, and are keeping a running count on their website.
The 114-year-old animal care facility recently finished a nine-month, $8 million renovation that included $3.6 million of upgrades to its aging clinic facility. If it wins the contest, prize money will fund operations and services.
As an incentive to adopt this summer, adult cat adoptions will cost $1 from July 11-13.
The Anti-Cruelty Society is the only Illinois shelter participating in the contest.
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