The Animal Rescue Site – Shelter Challenge

Several times a year The Animal Rescue Site hosts a Shelter Challenge. Website visitors vote for their favorite animal shelter or rescue group and the organization(s) with the most votes are awarded grants of several thousand dollars!

The Shelter Challenge is different from other voting contests because success depends on you voting once each and every day that the challenge is underway rather than just one time! You can even sign up for a daily reminder e-mail. Be sure to un-check the boxes for the messages you don't want to receive.

Shelter Challenge Dates

The voting for the last Shelter Challenge is over. We'll send e-mail to our Announcements mailing list when the next round begins.

How to vote

The most convenient way to vote is by logging into the Shelter Challenge website. You can do this either by registering for an account on the Shelter Challenge website or using your Facebook or Google+ login. You can still vote without logging in, but you don't get the benefit of tracking your votes.

In each of the pictures below we have circled the important item(s) to make it easier for you to find them. You can also click on the pictures to see a larger version.

If you experience any difficuly voting, please let us know so that we may assist you.

If you have other questions about the contest, please consult the Shelter Challenge FAQ.

Voting with an account

Here are the steps to creating an account and then voting:

  1. Click here to go to the Shelter Challenge site.
  2. On the right-hand side, click on Register.
    Register Button - Click to enlarge
  3. Use the Choose Your Shelter button to find us.
    Choose Shelter - Click to enlarge
  4. In the Zip field, enter "93648". Then click the Search button. (Don't enter our name; they don't always find us!)
    Search for us - Click to enlarge
  5. Click on the Choose link on the right-hand side of the line with our name in the search results.
    Choose us - Click to enlarge
  6. Once you have chosen us, fill in your first and last names, and your e-mail address. Check the two boxes to confirm your acceptance of the terms & conditions and to confirm that you are at least 13 years old. Finally, click the Create Account button.
    Create Account - Click to enlarge
  7. Check your e-mail for a message from the Shelter Challenge which contains your temporary password. Login with your e-mail address and temporary password.
    Initial Login - Click to enlarge
  8. Choose the actual password that you want to use for the account and click the Save button.
    Choose Password - Click to enlarge
  9. Select a password reminder question and enter your answer. Then click the Save button.
    Password Reminder Question - Click to enlarge
  10. Now you are logged in. In the future when you return you should still be logged in and will arrive at this screen. (If not, check the "Remember me" box when you login next time.) Click on the Vote button.
    Vote - Click to enlarge

Voting without an account

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to vote without creating an account. After the first time, voting takes just four clicks and typing a couple of words. The first time requires a couple of additional steps, but then you are all set for the rest of the challenge!

We've captured pictures of the website so you can see what to expect and where to click. Important areas are circled in red. You can click on any of the pictures to see them at their actual size.

  1. Click here to go to the Shelter Challenge site.
  2. The first time you vote, you will need to fill in the search form to find us:
    1. In the Zip field, enter "93648". Then click the Search button. (Don't enter our name; they don't always find us!)
    2. Click the Search button.

    Shelter Search - Click to enlarge
  3. Click the Vote button.
    Shelter Search Result - Click to enlarge
  4. To make sure it is a person who is voting, not a computer program trying to cheat, you must type in a number which has been disguised a little to make it too hard for a computer to recognize. Then click the Vote button.
    Confirm Vote - Click to enlarge