Pet Helpers is one of 50 animal shelters around the country that are competing for prizes based on how many animals they find homes for this summer.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is sponsoring the contest, called the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The society will award a total of $600,000 in grants to shelters who show the biggest increase in adoptions over last summer. The contest is based on how many pets get homes during June, July and August compared to the same months last year.

Last year's competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 12,050 over the same period in 2012, according to the society.

The shelter that shows the biggest increase over last summer in the number of homes found for pets will get $100,000. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. Prizes will also be awarded in a photo contest.

More information is on the society's website at