Fans who attend the July 13 Savannah Sand Gnats game at Grayson Stadium are in for a surprise.

The Humane Society of Greater Savannah is going to host a flash mob.

"We're having the flash mob to promote our participation in the Rachel Ray ASPCA $100,000 Challenge," says volunteer and special events co-coordinator Erin Fontes.

Animal shelters across the country are competing for prizes ranging from $1,000 to a $25,000 grant.

Throughout the summer months, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2012.

"We're competing against 49 other shelters," Fontes says. "This would be toward the Community Engagement Award.

"The ASPCA measures what every community does on behalf of saving more lives," she says. "We figured what better target and what bigger target than being at Grayson Stadium?"

On July 13, the Sand Gnats will play the Greenville Drive. Every flash mob volunteer will be given a ticket to the game at no charge.

"The game starts at 6:05 p.m.," Fontes says. "We are also promoting our referral program. You don't have to be an adopter to refer someone else to adopt.

"We are giving away a Tybee staycation pack that was donated as a raffle prize to the person who gives the most referrals between June 1 through Aug. 31," she says. "We're busy, busy, busy."

Winning the $25,000 grant requires lots of adoptions.

"We have to adopt out at least 787 pets to be considered," Fontes says.

"We have two-plus months to go," she says. "We're currently around 200 adoptions, so we have some work to do."

The shelter also is raising money to sponsor adoptions.

"During the referral program, we're really pushing this," Fontes says.

"When we cut the adoption fee, we still need to pay for the expenses, so we encourage people to sponsor an adoption," she says. "There is information on our website."

The website is at

The Sand Gnats have helped the Humane Society in the past.

"It's a real special offer because they donate to just a few charities and we are one of them," Fontes says. "They're very big animal lovers and supporters."

One hundred volunteers are needed to reach the society's goal. Even volunteers who didn't attend practice sessions are welcome to participate.

"We'll take all the people we can get," Fontes says. "More is better because some don't show up."

Potential volunteers can find a form to fill out on the society's Facebook page at The more volunteers, the more community engagement points.

"Two years ago, when we participated in the same challenge, we competed against other shelters in cities that had 1 million-plus residents, and we beat them," Fontes says.

"We earned $25,000 for that," she says. "That's a good pot of gold."


What: Humane Society of Greater Savannah flash mob

When: 6-9 p.m. July 13

Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Drive

Cost: Free to participate; regular ball game admission to watch