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Beyond LOLcats: Improve Lives with Animals

Win $2,500 to improve lives with animals

How can you use animals to improve your community? Share your idea and you could win a $2,500 grant.

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56 ideas submitted
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The Specifics

Animals make us laugh, give us comfort and can [literally] guide us through life. How can you use the power for animals to improve the lives of those in your community? Get creative! Perhaps you could organize a puppy petting party for people in the hospital, create a therapeutic horseback riding program, or work with your community to improve a wildlife habitat in your area. Tell us how you think animals can make the most impact on your community and you could win $2,500 to make it happen.

The Improve Lives with Animals challenge is open for submissions from October 22 to November 15 (noon Pacific Time). From November 16 to December 4 (noon Pacific Time), we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

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Submission tips:

  • Include a photo or video that represents your idea. Photos should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • Write at least 3-5 sentences that explain how the $2,500 award will enable you to implement your idea.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from October 22 noon PT to November 15 noon PT. Individuals, nonprofits and groups are eligible.
  • Submitted projects must be able to be activated with $2,500.
  • Projects will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from November 16 noon PT to December 4 noon PT.
  • The project that receives the most votes will win $2,500 to implement their idea.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
  • Read all the rules.

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I had the same problem of trying to vote, but nothing was said about validating email address or voting & I deleted it!! Our voting period is now over....:( However, I am really, really, glad to have found your site!!

by Sandsok
about 3 years ago | Reply

I never received my email to validate my vote. I've received 2 emails so far from Good, Bench Global Hunger and The Future of Biking. I have hit the resent email button, a few times now over the past week, but still never received that particular email. It still says my vote is pending. I know I can only vote once.

by Renee Robin
about 3 years ago | Reply

voted! always wiilling to help animals/rescues in need! ty for what U do! happy holidays!

by katsavr2
about 3 years ago | Reply

Last Chance Animal rescue is a wonderful and well run organization. They save so many cats and dogs including many from high kill shelters. They can save many more beautiful animals and match them up with loving Pet Parents. They are an amazing, hard working and loving organization.

by Celtic2
about 3 years ago | Reply

Good luck Kitty bungalow!!

by julieannb
about 3 years ago | Reply

How do we know how many votes we have? What does the number on our idea mean?

by diane.davison.587
about 3 years ago | Reply

Hi there! We will share vote counts halfway through and 24 hours before voting closes. The number on your idea is your current ranking.

by good-maker-team
about 3 years ago | Reply

Where will you share the vote counts? I can't seem to find the ones for halfway through.

by jeanette.brasher
about 3 years ago | Reply

Hi There! I sent out an email to all submitters yesterday with the midway vote count. If you submitted and didn't receive an email, please let me know.

by good-maker-team
about 3 years ago

I never got one

by ashlea.marcelle
about 3 years ago | Reply

I voted and got a message to check email to validate vote. There is an email but it has nothing to do with validating a vote? How do I validate the initial vote so I can vote daily?

by Teeters
about 3 years ago | Reply

Hi There!
What does the email say? It should be confirming your email address. You unfortunately cannot vote daily. Each person can only vote once.

by good-maker-team
about 3 years ago | Reply

please help our homeless dogs find a home for the holidays.....we are trying to build a new shelter to house them temporarily until they findtheir forever homes....your vote will help us tremendously...thank you!

by brian.oneal.334
about 3 years ago | Reply

How do people vote? By posting a comment or will there be a box to click?

by DBrookman
about 3 years ago | Reply

Question answered!

by DBrookman
about 3 years ago | Reply

is there a certain amount of time that a video can be

by Hailey.Kratzer137030
over 3 years ago | Reply

Nope! It can be any amount of time, just as long as its on YouTube.

by HannahW
over 3 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Monday, October 22

Submission Ended
Thursday, November 15
at 12:00 PM PST

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Voting Began
Friday, November 16

Voting Ended
Tuesday, December 04
at 12:00 PM PST

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Build me up Buttercup
Build me up Buttercup

Winner Announced
Wednesday, December 05

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