Pet photo contest begins New Year’s Day

JAMESTOWN – The Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest is coming in January with proceeds to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Individuals from the community are encouraged to upload a photo and story of their favorite pet for online visitors to vote on. All proceeds from the photo contest benefit CCHS to go toward animal care at the shelter.

The Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest, sponsored by Media One Group, begins at midnight on New Year’s Day and ends on Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. There is no fee to enter a pet.

“We have had a couple high profile incidents come to CCHS in the past month,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., Community Relations Director for CCHS. “It is a nice change of pace to have a fun competition that highlights one of the greatest things we support – the memories our pets share with us,” he said. Family and friends of the entrants are encouraged to vote but the community is also invited to visit the contest page and participate. Votes are $1 each and the money collected through the competition goes to the animal shelter.

The highest rated pet at the end of the competition will be named CCHS Pet of the Year and have the highlight photo on the Media One Group pet photo calendar printed in the spring. The winning pet’s owner also receives a 47-inch flat screen television and a single-pet photo session with Panebianco Photography which includes a 16″x20″ canvas photo print. The second and third place pets receive a designer pet bed and gift card for PetSmart in Lakewood. All of the top 12 pets are featured on the calendar to represent the 12 months out of a year.

“Contrary to what the name suggests, the contest is not only open to cats and dogs. It isn’t only open to Chautauqua County either,” Rodriguez said. “Any pet from any town can enter. The voters decide which pet will win. The more compelling the story, the better,” he said.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to sign up for the Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest, visit www.spcapets.com or call 665-2209 ext. 213.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.