The ASPCA and Chase Home Equity Invite Animal Welfare Organizations & Shelters to Submit Entries for the Second Annual ASPCA

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Friday, 6 June 2003

$10,000 will be awarded to the grand prize winner.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Chase Home Equity are inviting animal welfare organizations and shelters across the country to submit entries for the second annual ASPCA Pet Protectors Award, sponsored by the Home Equity division of Chase Home Finance (the Home Finance businesses of JPMorgan Chase. & Co., NYSE: JPM). The contest was designed with the goal of learning more about progressive and innovative techniques that animal welfare organizations are using to protect our nation's pets.

"The ASPCA Pet Protectors Award is a great opportunity for animal welfare organizations to be recognized for their hard work, share their experience and knowledge with other animal welfare professionals and receive funding to support their exceptional efforts to protect animals," comments Julie Morris, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA National Shelter Outreach.

"Chase Home Equity chose to sponsor the Pet Protectors Award because it recognizes and supports the excellent work done by animal welfare organizations throughout the country," comments
Fran Libretto-Ward, Director of Marketing for the Home Equity division of Chase Home Finance.

To apply, go to www.aspca.org/petprotector. Submissions should include an executive summary, details of the program, contact information and any supporting materials such as videotapes, photographs, press releases and posters. The program must have been intentionally designed to prevent cruelty. (Spay and neuter programs, while commendable, do not qualify.) All application materials must be received by Friday, August 15, 2003. Please submit your application via email to ppa.outreach@aspca.org.

Support materials should be sent separately to:

Pet Protectors Award
ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

The best submissions will be featured on Petfinder.com as well as on the ASPCA National Shelter Outreach web page and will also receive cash awards. This year's awards include a grand prize of $10,000, first prize of $7,500, second prize of $5,000, third prize of $3,000 and three runner-up prizes of $1,500 each.

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

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