CCAS is one of 50 shelters across the nation competing for a top prize of $100,000 in the 2013 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
Competing shelters will work to save more animals in June, July and August 2013 than during the same period in 2012.
The shelter with the greatest increase will receive $100,000.
CCAS Director Sue Garcia said the shelter was chosen out of hundreds of applicants based on an application and phone interview.
CCAS also participated in the contest in 2011.
Shelter staff and volunteers hope to adopt out at least 300 more animals than during the same time frame in 2012, which would earn the shelter $5,000.
Garcia said the time of the contest runs concurrently with the time the shelter sees the most kittens needing adoption.
To care for the high volume of kittens in need of adoption, Garcia said the shelter will need families to volunteer to foster kittens until they are old enough for adoption.
CCAS will offer foster care training sometime in the spring.
“We don’t have the room or the staff to keep all the kittens here, but if we have people fostering, then they can bring the kittens back, and we can adopt them out,” Garcia said.
CCAS will hold several adoption events during the contest, including a large kickoff celebration and themed weeks at the shelter.
The contest offers a total of $600,000 in prize grants.
With public participation, the shelter will not only have a shot at monetary prizes, but more Cherokee County animals will be able to find homes.
“(The contest) makes the public more aware of the shelter and what we’re doing. Our goal is to adopt more animals,” Garcia said.