Yes, it's official -- the ranch won the Shelter Challenge Grand Prize and will get $20,000 for the animals! This is truly one of the most humbling things that has ever happened to us. Wow -- what a phenomenal Christmas present! For a small sanctuary in a remote part of Montana to win out over thousands of other shelters and rescue groups around the United States is just incredible. It blows us away. Thank you!
It is a testament to all of you who faithfully voted daily for months on end to make this happen. Alayne and I were just astonished at the sheer number of people who told us they were voting for the ranch every day and had enlisted their family, their friends and their colleagues at work to vote, too. And many of these were folks we had never heard from before -- but they were voting for the ranch and doing as much as they could to get others to vote for us, too. Not only here in the United States, but in Canada, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa and in other countries around the world. Just knowing that so many people were not only thinking about us but were doing something every single day to help us win that Grand Prize -- well, that is the humbling part.
It is also a reflection of how much our disabled animals can inspire -- with their zest for life, their strength in overcoming adversity, and their playful, silly antics that keep us laughing. When we started the sanctuary nearly 10 years ago, we never realized just how much these animals and their stories would resonate with people. We had no idea. But these remarkable animals are, of course, why so many of you were voting in this contest -- so they could benefit. They touched you in some way, and you have touched them.
We are more grateful to you -- to every single one of you -- than you can possibly imagine. Thank you ... thank you ... thank you!!!