The animal shelter is participating in the Animal Rescue Site and Petfinder's $100,000 Shelter Challenge, which involves an online voting contest.
“They give out grants to various rescues and shelters throughout the year,” Swift Current SPCA Board President Graham Parsons said.
The current challenge, which involves Canada along with the United States and other countries, started on Jan. 7 and ends on April 28.
People can vote daily for the animal shelter or rescue of their choice.
In addition to the $10,000 top prize there are a number of other grants up for grabs as well as price packages that include items such as pet beds and vaccinations.
“The competition is stiff for that, as it goes right across the whole North America,” he said about the main prize. “But anything is always gratefully received.”
According to Parsons, the Swift Current SPCA needs as much support as possible to remain in contention. It has made its way up to sixth spot among Canadian shelters earlier this week but to reach the top spot it needs daily support.
“We're looking at getting as many votes as we can between now and April 28 to get as high on the list as we can,” he said. “If people can carry on voting for us every day we stand a good chance of getting something from the system.”
A win will make a big difference to them, as it costs about $500 a day to keep the Swift Current shelter open.
“Any monetary contribution is put to good use,” he emphasized.
The shelter is full at the moment with about 40 cats and 12 dogs. This puts them basically at capacity for kennel space.
“So we're very keen to get those adopted out if at all possible,” he said.
There are many other ways people can support the Swift Current SPCA, apart from voting in the contest or adopting an animal.
“We're always grateful for any kind of donation, monetary or in kind,” he said. “Quite often, people would donate cleaning materials or towels or any of those sort of things that we would use on a daily basis.”
Volunteers can help out with various tasks at the shelter, from keeping it clean to taking dogs for walks and playing with the cats.
“We're always grateful for volunteers who can come down and help us with the day to day operations,” he said.
They are also looking for foster parents and held a foster drive last week at the Swift Current Mall. Some animals find it difficult to adjust to shelter life and a home environment helps them with the transition.
“They do much better at homes and once they get used to that then they're much more easy to adopt,” he explained.
Hockey fans can support the shelter at the Feb. 22 Swift Current Broncos game, when the SPCA will have its “Fill the Nets” fundraiser. People can bring along animal toys, treats, canned dog or cat food and donations.
“We'll have somebody there and we'll be grateful for any support possible,” Parsons said.
“There's a chance to win an autographed poster in support of the SPCA as well.”
To find a link to the Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge and to vote for the shelter of your choice, visit the Swift Current SPCA website at http://spcaswiftcurrent.com/.