Dog Days of Summer, Hunting with ASPCA 

ASPCA is the voice to end animal cruelty; what has you barking? The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The ASPCA incorporates many different programs and services in our effort to end animal cruelty. This includes the Adoption Center and the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan; the Humane Law Enforcement, department which works to uphold and enforce New York’s animal cruelty laws in the five boroughs; the Animal Poison Control Center; and the Field Investigations and Response team, which most recently was deployed after the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. There any many moving parts to our organization, but they are all working together to prevent cruelty to animals.

We hope that our cityHUNT scavenger hunt got your tails wagging; how can others get involved with ASPCA and help animals all across America? There are many ways that people can get involved with our organization. Donating and volunteering are two basic and easy ways to help! Using social networks to help spread the word about animal cruelty is another great way to help make others aware of the issues, just with the click of your mouse. When looking to bring a new pet into your home, we ask that you make adoption your first option. There are so many animals in shelters that would love to join your family. Visit to find adoptable cats and dogs in a shelter near you!

Photo Challenges are a huge part of cityHUNT scavenger hunts; and it seems as though ASPCA has a HUGE $100K Challenge Photo Contest going on…what is this all about, and where can we find more photos and information? The ASPCA $100K Challenge is a contest that inspires shelters to innovate and stretch to save more lives. Fifty competing shelters from across the country will work to save at least 300 more animals—during the months of August, September, and October 2011—than they did over the same three-month period in 2010. A $100,000 grant will go to the contestant that goes the farthest over 300 more lives saved. is hosting this year’s $100K Challenge Photo and Video Contest where fifteen grand prize winners will be selected. Anyone who adopted, fostered, volunteered, or reclaimed a lost pet from a $100K Challenge contestant during the $100K Challenge can enter. All they have to do is submit a photo or video along with a brief description of how they helped their shelter save more lives during the Challenge. Fifteen grand prize winners will get a cool $1,000 grant for their $100K Challenge shelters and a nifty ASPCA aluminum water bottle for themselves! The grand prize winners will be chosen by a vote, and voting will be open to the public.

Now that you are a scavenger hunt master, can you come up with one creative, crazy or somewhat impossible task or challenge for our future hunts? Any task that could raise awareness for our cause would be a great addition for a future hunt! Perhaps a challenge such as “Make adoption your first option: Take a photo of a pet who was rescued and tell their story” or “Record a team member teaching an old dog a new trick, it’s never too late!” would be a fun and interesting way for participating teams to learn something new about animal homelessness.

Summing it up in a Tweet: The ASPCA had tons of fun during our cityHUNT, they definitely are the ‘top dog’ of scavenger hunt parties!