Local animal groups in Rachael Ray contest

Published: Apr 10 2012 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2012 07:08:43 AM EDT

Second chances. Animal rescue groups give that and more to millions of animals every year. Now two local shelters are in a national contest that could give them $100,000 in grant money.

"We rescue the old, the neglected, the abused," said Lori McCutcheon.

McCutcheon, of Last Chance Ranch near Quakertown, Bucks County that includes, not only cats and dogs but also horses, ponies, goats, pigs, roosters. There's even an emu, that apparently has an appetite for buttons.

"We take anything we have room for and get it into a safe place," McCutcheon said.
The Center For Animal Health and Welfare in Easton also has its hands full in providing care, space and financial resources to its rescues.

As you can imagine this isn't cheap. For the Last Chance it's $500,000.

Money made mostly through donations and fund raisers. Easton's shelter says it needs a million dollars per year.

Now TV cook and talk show host Rachael Ray is coming to the financial rescue.

"Through this work we can give animals a better life," she said on her website.

She's teamed with the ASPCA for the 100K challenge. More than 100 shelters nationally are competing for a $500,000 in prize money.

Last Chance is currently number 32, the Center For Animal Health and Welfare is at 68.

Online voting ends April 16th. The top 50 advance to the next round. Which means they have to adopt twice as many animals as last year to be eligible for the prize.

"It wouldn't be gone. It would be used to bring in more revenue for us to keep going and help more animals," McCutcheon said.

Win or lose, both rescues say their mission of saving animals remains the same.

To vote you can go to both shelters' websites.