Four Indiana animal shelters are competing in a nationwide challenge for the chance to win $100,000 and to save hundreds of lives.
The Bloomington Animal Shelter is among those selected to be a part of the ASPCA's 100K Challenge.
"It was really exciting to be chosen," said Director Laurie Ringquist.
She said the money would help the shelter bring its euthanasia rate down.
"Last year we euthanized approximately 1,200 animals out of our in-take of 4,400," said Ringquist. "I have to stand in there every night and look at these cats and say 'Not you, and you' and it's a very difficult thing to do on a daily basis."
To win, the shelter needs votes. The top 50 shelters with the most votes will move onto the finals where they will compete in a big challenge this fall.
"The challenge says that you have to save at least 300 more lives during those three months than you did in the same three months last year," explained Ringquist.
If the Bloomington shelter wins the grand prize, it will use the money to add more space to the building and keep more animals alive.
Ringquist hopes that's enough of a reward to motivate animal lovers across the state.
"I can't personally save every animal. The community has to help us save them."
You can vote for the Bloomington shelter or any of the other three participating Indiana shelters, online.
Voting begins April 5 and runs through April 16. You can vote once a day.