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Cat Welfare gets $1,000 chunk of contest cash

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The Cat Welfare Association recently won a $1,000 state prize in the third round of voting in the Animal Rescue Site's 2012 $300,000 Shelter Challenge.

The award means supporters of the cat shelter on Wetmore Road visited the site often and voted in the round of balloting that began July 9.

"It's pretty huge because for all of the shelters ... for the state of Ohio, our supporters voted enough times," said Gail Harbert, program manager for the Cat Welfare Association.

"We have to be very thankful and very appreciative that our donors and supporters who care about cats in central Ohio take the time to go online and vote for us," she said. "It's a feel-good (situation), and you can't sneeze at $1,000."

With more than 300 cats and kittens on hand at the shelter, which is pushing the limits of capacity, the money definitely came in handy, Harbert said.

Another round of voting at theanimal rescuesite.com is under way, with a grand prize of a grant of $5,000 and 53 more regional grants of $1,000 such as the one Cat Welfare won.

"Since 2002, each click on the purple 'Click Here to Give, It's Free' button at the Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary," the website states. "Funding for food and care is paid for by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation; the Fund for Animals' animal sanctuaries, including the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California, North Shore Animal League; and other worthy animal-care facilities supported by GreaterGood.org."

The Cat Welfare Association is an entrant in the contest be-cause a list of adoptable pets at the shelter is posted at pet-finder.com/shelters/ OH377.html.

"Petfinder is the largest online database of adoptable pets on the web," according to the Animal Rescue Site. "Since its inception, the site has facilitated over 20 million adoptions, listing pets from over 13,500 animal welfare organizations across North America and beyond."

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