Clearwater, Florida --The official results are in for June, and the Humane Society of Pinellas is one step closer to receiving a grant in the2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.HSP announced Tuesday it's in first place in its division in the challenge.

The shelter reports it saved 153 more lives this June than last yearputting it in 11thplace overall, beating out 38 other shelter across the nation -- many of which that are significantly larger than HSP.

HSP is eligible to receive $5,000 in grant funds for winning their division, but the shelter won't receive the money if it doesn't increase the total adoptions over last year by at least 300 by the end of August.

This weekend, HSP is celebrating Christmas in July, starting with Black Friday.All weekend long, any animal with black on it will be 75% off. Name your own fee for pets over five years old and Special Pets in Need. Lots of small and purebred dogs will be available for adoption, as well as cats and kittens. Bring in an item from HSP's Wish List and receive a free gift in the Gift Exchange!

Stay up to date with the Pick Me! Project, HSP's efforts in the $100K Challenge, at

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