Pet Photo Contest Fundraiser to Begin at Start of New Year

2016 HDCC Pet Photo Contest Winner, Zoey. Photo by Panebianco Photography
2016 HDCC Pet Photo Contest Winner, Zoey. Photo by Panebianco Photography

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Chautauqua County Humane Society

The Chautauqua County Humane Society will launch the 9th Annual Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest on January 1. Individuals from the community are encouraged to upload a photo and story of their favorite pet for online visitors to vote on. The contest, sponsored by Media One Group and Happy Hounds Hotel & Day Spa, begins at midnight on Saturday and ends on January 31 at 9:59:59 p.m. EST. There is no fee to enter a pet.

“The contest is a simple and fun way to support CCHS and is a great opportunity for individuals to show off their pets,” said Hannah Raynor, Community Relations Director for CCHS. “This year we are switching things up a bit and moving away from the calendar that we created in years past and instead introducing the first official CCHS deck of cards.”

The 23 photos with the most votes will appear on at least 2 cards in a deck of playing cards, with the top 4 vote-getters appearing on a face card (all 4 suits) of their choice. All 23 winners will receive (1) deck of playing cards. In addition, the winning pet at the end of the competition will be named CCHS Pet of the Year and have their entry image on the card box. The winning pet’s owner also receives a $100 Visa gift card and a pet photography session with Cathy Panebianco of Panebianco Photography. The runner up will receive a $75 Visa gift card, with third and fourth place receiving a $50 and $25 gift card respectively.

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.

“Contestants should also be reminded that the contest is not only open to cats and dogs, but all pets alike. It isn’t just limited to Chautauqua County either, we encourage people from all over to enter. The more entries there are, the better the competition and the greater opportunity these animals have at a second chance,” said Raynor.

To view contest rules and to learn more about the HDCC Pet Photo Contest or to vote as of January 1, please visit For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society visit or call 716-665-2209 ext. 213.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need.