Have you and your pet fallen prey to that bizarre phenomenon of looking alike? Do you have the absolute best-dressed animal around? SPCA Tampa Bay wants to see some proof of that for a good cause! As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m the Social Media consultant for the shelter, and starting next week, we’re launching our first of two Facebook photo contests to promote the 3K Pet Walk event coming up on October 16th.
If you’ve never taken part in 3K Pet Walk, I highly recommend it and not just because I work with the great people at SPCA Tampa Bay. This year features a beautiful 3K course through North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The beauty of this walk is that it really has no rules; you can bring your four-legged friend to walk with you, you can walk with just your human friends, you can walk in honor of your cats, rats, snakes or birds, whatever you want. As long as you walk and raise money for the animals in desperate need of medical care in our community, we’re happy! (Sign up to walk here if you haven’t done so yet.)
Among the many cool activities that people look forward to every year at 3K Pet Walk are the Best-Dressed Pet and Pet Look-a-like contests. Pet owners go all out and prepare weeks in advance to take part in these contests and as a former judge, let me tell you, the competition is fierce. I’ve seen wiener dogs (and Collies as seen in the pic to the left,) dressed up as, well, wieners with matching mustard and ketchup to boot. I’ve seen cowboy Weimaraners and princess Poodles and ladybug Pugs with wings.
In a particular stroke of genius, I’ve seen a mohawked owner and his similarly tressed Chinese Crested draw huge applause with matching blue hairstyles in the Look-a-like competition. The point? I know many of you have some highly creative and hilarious pictures from past contests, Halloweens, etc…that you’re just dying to show off!
You’ll get your chance to do that starting on Tuesday, September 7th. That’s when we’ll launch the Pet Look-a-like photo contest on SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook page. Whether you and your pet are dead ringers for each other or you’re sporting coordinated outfits, we want to see your pics. The look-a-like contest will run from the 7th until Tuesday, September 14th, then all the entries will be judged by the 3K Pet Walk Volunteer Recruitment Committee and a winner will be announced. The winning picture will serve as SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook profile picture for a month and the winner will also receive a gift card.
Our second photo contest, the Best Dressed competition, will start on Monday, September 20th and run through Monday, September 27th
Entries can include pets in any kind of costume or their finest clothing. The same prizes will be awarded to the winner and the winning photo. There are no limits on how many entries you can submit to either contest so start picking through those old photo albums or digging through all your digital pics to find that perfect, winning photo! To submit them, visit SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook page and post your pictures on our page’s wall. I can’t wait to see them!