This year’s Calendar Cover Pet contest came down to a real “photo finish!” Thanks to nearly 25,000 votes from animal-lovers nationwide, we now know which adorable adopted companion will be gracing the cover of our 2016 calendar: Dharma the pit bull!
Dharma was found on a roadside with a prolapsed uterus, having just given birth. The puppies were not there and she had clearly been abused. After her rescue and adoption, Dharma proved to be a perfect pet who enjoys road trips, hiking and being a loving, loyal companion.
Thanks to everyone who voted. Together, we can ensure that adopted animals are celebrated 365 days a year.
Did you rescue your pet? We’re getting in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Pet360 by celebrating the ‘luck’ that brings pets and their families together with our “One Lucky Pet” Contest! You can enter by sharing your story of how you and your pet are lucky to have found each other, and by posting a photo of your pet on your social media networks using the hashtag #OneLuckyPet.
We’ll choose one lucky dog and cat to receive a tote full of goodies, including toys and other prizes courtesy of Pet360! Entries will be accepted through March 31, so enter today!
Hello Products, a vegan and cruelty-free oral care company, is hosting a photo contest now through Friday, March 13 to support the ASPCA. When you post a selfie with your pet to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #choosefurryfriends, Hello will donate $1 to the ASPCA, with a maximum donation of $10,000. You can track the donations at helloproducts.com.
Each Friday throughout the campaign, Hello will select a winning photo entrant to receive a prize pack.
One grand prize winner will be chosen at the end of the campaign to win a prize pack from Hello, as well as a one-year subscription box filled with items for their pet.
We received hundreds of heartwarming submissions from readers across the country. While it was extremely difficult to select just one shelter, we are pleased to announce Pima Animal Care Center as our 2014 contest winner! Freekibble.com will deliver 10,000 free meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.
This special shelter received multiple nominations which highlighted the organization’s compassionate care for animals, support of public safety and work to educate the community about responsible pet ownership that has allowed them to save more animals’ lives.
“It is an amazing honor,” says Karen Hollish, Development Director at Pima Animal Care Center. “As a shelter that never turns away a pet in need, our resources often fall short of the demand. This generous food donation will help us put our limited dollars toward other key areas like medical care for sick and injured pets. Thank you so much!”
Congratulations to Pima Animal Care Center! We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all of you that recognized the hard work of your local shelters by participating in our contest.
As part of the Subaru 'Share the Love' Event, we hosted a special photo contest in December to celebrate rescued pets and the people who gave them a second chance—and a loving home.
We asked each entrant to tell us what is so special about having their pets home for the holidays and received hundreds of heartwarming responses and adorable photos. Meet the winners below!
Bart, Buckley and Luna
Rescuing animals runs in Helen’s family—her grandmother still fosters animals through her local shelter and runs a horse farm at 78 years old! Through volunteering with her grandmother, Helen writes, “I learned about how special a bond can be between a person and a rescue pet. They've been dumped, cast aside, or lost. To me it's all about second chances, and giving loving homes to the ones who really need them. Buckley, Luna and Bart (all rescues) are more than just pets to me. They're family. And the holidays just wouldn't be the same without your family!”
Second Place Winners
“I'm always excited to get home because I know Rukas will be right at the door! He walks right up to me and falls over like a rag doll waiting to be picked up or rubbed on his belly,” Athina writes.
“My husband and I rescued a Pit Bull in October. He has changed our lives for the better and we cannot imagine a life without him. This will be his very first Christmas with us and we are beyond excited to give him a proper happy holiday filled with lots of love, treats and toys,” Chelsea writes.
After Christina lost her beloved 17-year-old cat, she knew she still had lots of love to give. As Christina walked through the shelter, Sophie appeared at the front of her cage, mewing right to her. “I knew the minute I saw her sweet face she was the newest member of our family,” she said. “She has been the best thing to come into our lives. She is full of energy and affection all of the time and we just love having her around. We're so happy she can fully enjoy life now and know she will be forever loved.”