Pet adoption numbers up in Fox Valley

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GREENVILLE - A national contest has inspired a jump in the number of animal adoptions and lost pets being returned to families, the Fox Valley Humane Association says.

In June, the shelter says its adoptions doubled from June 2013 and the number of lost pets being returned to their families increased by 51%.

For the increases, the humane association credits its participation in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Rachael Ray Challenge. Under the challenge, 50 humane societies across the country compete to see who can find homes for the most animals. The winner gets a $100,000 grant, with other prizes also available to contestants.

FVHA officials say the challenge led them to increase hours, add staff, develop new programs and collaborate with other animal welfare groups.

The challenge began in January and ends Aug. 31.