The Hesperia Animal Shelter is participating in this year's ASPCA $100K Challenge. The city is competing for $300,000 in grants the ASPCA, including a top prize of $100,000.


The 2011 ASPCA 100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before.


The first phase is a qualifying heat where registered shelters compete to accumulate the most online votes from their supporters. Supporters of the Hesperia Animal Shelter can help by voting online at www.votetosavelives.org every day through April 15. The 50 shelters with the most votes become the official contestants for the Challenge.


"The ASPCA $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our community to help connect hundreds of adorable cats and dogs in our shelter with the right families," Mayor Mike Leonard was quoted as saying in a press release. "Each email address can vote once a day, so tell a friend and tell a neighbor that the city of Hesperia needs your help to find homes for homeless cats and dogs in Hesperia."