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Help the Humane Society select Pet of the Year

February 1, 2012
Westfield Republican

JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is asking for everyone's input to help it choose the CCHS 2012 Pet of the Year by voting in its fourth annual Hot Dogs, Cool Cats online pet photo contest.

The top vote-getter will become the CCHS 2012 Pet of the Year, receive the top prize package, and serve as an ambassador at specified CCHS events. The top 12 photos will be featured in the CCHS 2012 calendar.

"We really want as much input from the community as possible," Roxanne Wendling, CCHS community relations director, said. "There are so many terrific entries this year and it is a very difficult choice. If everyone could visit our website and cast their votes it would give us an objective opinion on which photos the public likes and ultimately the 2012 Pet of the Year would truly be our community's choice."

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Cast votes by visiting and clicking on the photo contest link. This contest traditionally has been a tight race up until the very last second, so voters are reminded to check back regularly to monitor the standings of their favorite photo and narrative. Votes can be cast up until 11:59:59 p.m. on Jan. 31. Votes are purchased for $1 each with a $5 minimum and all of the proceeds will go directly towards the cost of caring for CCHS shelter pets.

The contest allows participants to upload digital photos of their beloved companion and share a brief "tail" with the world about their pet. Three prize packages will be awarded to entrants whose pictures and accompanying narratives are voted as the best by the viewers. The contest is sponsored by Media One Group, Jon Elder Photography Productions and Invisible Fence of Erie.

For more details on the Pet of the Year contest, visit or contact Roxanne Wendling at or 665-2209, Ext. 213.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a non-profit that is not part of any government organization and its mission to care for animals by promoting adoptions, preventing cruelty and providing education relies solely on public support.



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