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The Saving Pets Challenge is Back!

Michelson Found Animals Kicks-Off 2022 Saving Pets Challenge to Improve Quality of Life for Companion Pets and Their Humans

As part of its commitment to keeping pets and people together in safe and loving homes, the animal welfare non-profit organization Michelson Found Animals Foundation (MFA) has launched the 2022 Saving Pets Challenge (SPC). This year, the competition will be open to human and animal needs.

“For eight years now, we have raised nearly $9 million for more than 600 humane societies, municipal sheltering agencies, spay/neuter clinics, and rescue organizations. It’s our civic duty to continue the Saving Pets Challenge and expand the program to impact more organizations not only for pets but for the people in the community that need it most,” said Brett Yates, CEO of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. 

In partnership with Mightycause, an online fundraising platform, the online competition will run from September 1 – September 30. The program helps non-profit organizations raise money for the chance to win grants and prizes to support life-saving programs for pets and people in their communities.

This year, over 170 animal welfare organizations will compete for $150,000 in grant prizes and raise community-based donations to support lifesaving programs in their region. Since its inception in 2014, the Saving Pets Challenge has raised over $9 million for rescues across the country, while MFA has provided an additional $1.2 million in grant money to those organizations. 

This challenge goes beyond traditional grant-making impact. It creates an opportunity for human and animal welfare nonprofits to learn critical fundraising skills and build a donor base that will help them achieve their lifesaving goals by competing for cash prizes.

There are two ways for groups to compete. First, groups that raise the most money during the Challenge will be rewarded with cash grants from Michelson Found Animals Foundation, totaling $105,000. Second, weekly Bonus Challenges totaling $45,000 will be granted throughout the month to encourage participation throughout the challenge, regardless of organization size.

Once approved to compete in the program, Saving Pets Challenge participants receive helpful toolkits filled with sample messaging, webinars, email, and social media content to ensure that they have everything they need to communicate the fundraiser with their community. Competitors have until September 30 to raise funds for their programs and will compete for donations and bonus prizes from Michelson Found Animals Foundation along the way.

For more information on the 2022 Saving Pets Challenge and participating organizations, visit