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Local Shelter Ranks 2nd in Texas, 9th in Country for Rachael Ray Challenge

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Halfway into the contest, Corpus Christi Animal Care Services have announced their current standing in the Rachael Ray Challenge.

The Rachael Ray Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters and communities aimed at getting more animals adopted than ever before.

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services is competing against nine other animal shelters of similar size nationwide, and as of Thursday, they are ranked second in the state, and ninth overall in the general contest.

"We got some things planned," said Cheryl Martinez, president of People Assisting Animal Control. "The main thing is we want to get animals out of here alive. If we can sponsor that fee, then we will."

The shelter that demonstrates the largest increase compared to last year numbers,  wins $100,000 from the ASPCA to spend on increasing live release and targeted spay and neuter programs.

If you want to help out, you can support the shelter's efforts by adopting an animal at Corpus Christi Animal Care Services, or sponsor an animal through PAAC.