The public has until Saturday, June 30, to help out in the Nalley Driven for a Cause contest, where the winner with the most votes will receive a $20,000 car.
Furkids is a dog and cat shelter near Norcross that serves 600 of animals everyday and rescues 1,000 animals every year. According to founder Sam Shelton, Furkids needs a second vehicle to be more efficient with taking the cats and dogs to adoption sites.
"Georgia's pet overpopulation problem really needs Furkids to win this vehicle so we can get cats and dogs adopted and save more lives," said Shelton.
Currently, Furkids only has one van to serve these cats and dogs and drive them to various locations--other shelters, PETCO locations, PetSmart stores, foster homes and more. The organization also uses its one vehicle to cart items to and from their nonprofit thrift store in the Norcross area, and law enforcement sometimes asks for Furkids' help to assist with hoarding cases.
With the addition of a second vehicle, Furkids can spend less funding on car rentals and more toward caring for the animals, adds Shelton. Additionally, Furkids volunteers would have more hands-on time with the animals and adopters.
Last but not least, Shelton also said that if Furkids wins the contest, an anonymous donor has volunteered to fund for its taxes, insurance and maintenance on the car for three years.
After garnering much support from other local shelters such as Angels Among Us, PAWS Atlanta and Good Mews, Furkids is now neck-and-neck with the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, a nonprofit in Winder that helps rehabilitate and re-home English Bulldogs that are sick, neglected, abused, or injured.
Voters can cast their ballot every day until Saturday, June 30. Check out the Nalley Drive for a Cause Facebook page to vote. For more information on Furkids, check out the organization's website at furkids.org.