Thanks to the extreme generosity of Record readers, cats and dogs will be fed and vetted, sick kittens will be treated, fences and roofs will be repaired and countless pets will be fixed. And, drum roll please… the Humane Society of Blooming Grove will get that commercial washing machine they’ve been wishing for!. Precious Paws will have the money for vet bills to help dwarf and lame kitten Peanut.

Readers accepted my $3 Shelter Challenge in May, sending $3 (and more) to local animal organizations. More than $12,500 was donated, our best year yet. That brings the Challenge’s five-year grand total to more than $37,000.

I am overjoyed at your generosity. Thank you to Grandview Elementary School students in Monsey for again accepting my challenge. Your heartfelt notes lifted the spirits of our shelter folk. Thanks also to all the other schools, businesses, clubs and individuals that pulled together to spread the word that even $3 can help a homeless pet.

Our shelters and rescues flooded my email inbox with thanks for another great Challenge. Here are the ways your donations are helping them:

Animal Manor Sanctuary received $109 to help feed its many cats.

Bleus K9 Rescue Inc. received $74 to help with vet bills for dogs in foster homes.

Canine Sanctuary received $168 for its Trap, Neuter and Release program.

Catskill Animal Rescue received $46 for its new shelter.

Dumped Stray Animal Rescue is using the $142 in donations it received for eye ointments for its ill kittens.

Equine Rescue Inc. will use its $340 in donations towards roof repair.

Equine Rescue Resource Inc. $85 in donations provided vaccinations for Bob, a rescued senior horse.

Goshen Humane Society received $1,219 in donations, including one for $12 that GHS Vice President Susan Bossley will not soon forget.

“Emma Augelli of Goshen was in her violin concert,” she reported, “and her grandfather, Bert Willemse of Bellvale, buys her flowers all the time. But she told him to donate to the $3 Shelter Challenge instead, so he sent $12. When the concert was over, she asked her grandfather if he sent his money to GHS for the Challenge, and he said yes. He said he got the biggest hug he’s ever gotten from her.

“I received a couple of nice notes, but their note was so touching.”

Hollywood Dog Rescue reported $59 in donations will be used for supplies.

Hudson Valley SPCA will apply its $302 in donations to its outstanding vet bill.

Humane Society of Middletown is putting its $317 in donations towards kitten medical tests and spay/neuters.

Humane Society of Port Jervis will use its $211 in donations towards operating costs.

Pets Alive received $209, which helped spay/neuter a litter of six kittens last week who were rescued in April.

Sandy’s Tattered Tails Animal Sanctuary received $306, reported a grateful Sandy Nordstrom-Dorthe.

“This helped us to buy much-needed fencing supplies,” she said, “as our fences were seriously damaged after last year’s storm. A very special thanks to Bonnie Knibbs from Bloomingburg, who supports us through very generous donations which really keep us going day to day.”

Will Spay Pets received $72, which will help spay/neuter mother cats in feral colonies in Montgomery and Crawford, preventing unwanted future litters.

To be continued next week.