Shenango Valley Animal Shelter Wins $2,000 MedVet Prize

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Shenango Valley Animal Shelter if the winner of this year’s MedVet Shelter Surprise contest, taking home a $2,000 top prize.

The shelter was one of 10 finalists out of more than 6,000 nominations nationally. More than 274,000 votes were cast to select the winners, of which the Shenango Valley shelter received 28%, according to a press release.

“When we found out that we were selected out of so many shelters to the top ten, that in and of itself was gratifying. We couldn’t believe it,” said Angelia Sherman, manager of Shenango Valley Animal Shelter. “Once we put it out there that we were looking for votes the community didn’t stop. The fact that the community was supporting us so much was amazing.”

The runners-up included Hospets in Columbus and Metairie Humane in New Orleans, La., who received $1,250 and $500 prizes, respectively. MedVet created the contest to award three deserving shelters cash prizes to support the important work they do to save pets, and to help raise awareness of the shelters and rescues that are doing this important work, according to the release.

“Throughout the contest, we’ve loved learning more about the wonderful shelters and rescues that are working throughout the United States to save pets and help them find their forever homes. There are so many amazing organizations, and it has been an honor to support them in our shared mission of helping pets and their loving families,” said Jessica Driscoll-Owens, MedVet marketing partner. “We hope these organizations benefit not just from the additional funds but also from the raised awareness and community support as people rallied to vote for them.”

Other finalists will receive a gift basket of supplies. Prizes are being awarded during National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week from Nov. 7-14.

Pictured: On hand for the check presentation were Shenango Valley Animal Shelter manager Angelia Sherman, office coordinator Jessica Doddato, control officer John Gaut and Jessica Driscoll-Owens, MedVet marketing partner. (Image: MedVet)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.