Canyon County Animal Shelter wins $35K in national competition

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - The Canyon County Animal Shelter got a big check for $35,000 Monday after winning a national competition, which was sponsored by Rachael Ray and the ASPCA.

The shelter snagged $25,000 "Community Engagement Award" for using social media to find homes for more pets. Another $10,000 came from two separate wins within the competition.

"I've named you the little engine that could because nationally speaking, this is a large shelter for Idaho, but nationally, it's not large," said Tami McReynolds of the ASPCA. "You have just knocked the socks off of lots and lots of animal shelters."

Barb Hutchinson, who's the executive director of the shelter, said it's been a difficult summer and the money will be a great help.

"We did have to get through some rough times, but we got through them," Hutchinson said, "and we hung in there, and things are getting better."

The shelter found homes for 1,868 animals during the three-month challenge.