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Tales of the Natural Tail Photo Contest Rules

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

Disclosure and Contest Period
No donation, purchase, or obligation of any kind is necessary to win. A donation or purchase will not increase your chances of winning. You have not yet won. The TALES OF THE NATURAL TAIL PHOTO CONTEST ("Contest") begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 10, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2010 ("Contest Period").

You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible. Void where prohibited by law. The Contest is subject to all applicable national, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees and independent contractors of The Humane Society of the United States ("The HSUS"), The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, Inc. ("HSVMA"), their affiliates, and any other individual or entity involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the Contest, and the immediate family members and/or household members of each are not eligible.

To Enter
To enter, submit a photo of your dog during the Contest Period using our online form.

To qualify for entry, your photo must be of a dog in your care (either a dog you own or a dog you are fostering). The photo should highlight the natural beauty, function, or communicative value of the dog's tail. If the face of your dog is not shown in the photo, you should also submit a second photo that shows the dog's face. Captions no longer than 50 words should accompany the photo describing why your dog's tail is special or what message it conveys in the photo.

Any entry will be deemed ineligible if it is illegible, incomplete, if it fails to meet the required specifications, or if it is received before the Contest Period begins or after it ends. All entries shall become the property of The HSUS and HSVMA when received and shall not be returned.

How the Winners Will Be Determined
The Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by HSVMA based on the quality of the Winners' entries. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the entries whose photos best illustrate the natural beauty, function, or communication value of a dog's tail. All decisions of the judging panel are final.

Winners will receive gift certificates—$100 for the First Prize Winner, $50 for the Second Prize Winner, and $25 for the Third Prize Winner—to The Humane Society of the United States' Humane Domain, which carries a variety of dog toys, leashes, bed, apparel and other companion animal items. Winning photos will be published on The HSUS and HSVMA website.

Winner Notification/Prize Claims
Winners will be selected on August 15, 2010 and will be notified by telephone and/or email by August 20, 2010. In the event that a Winner is unable to accept a prize, an alternate Winner will be selected. Winners may be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release, and, where legal, a Publicity Release, all of which must be returned within 30 days of attempted prize notification or the prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. If a prize is won by an eligible person who is not of legal age in the state of residence, the prize shall be awarded in the name of the Winner's parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return all required documentation prior to receiving the prize. In the event of noncompliance with these Rules, or if a prize or prize notification is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner.

Prize Restrictions
Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of prizes is permitted except at the sole discretion of The HSUS and HSVMA. Any federal, state, or local taxes on prizes and any expenses related to the acceptance and/or use of the prizes not specified herein as being awarded are the responsibility of the Winners.

Additional Terms
By accepting a prize, the Winners consent to The HSUS' and HSVMA's use of their name, likeness, voice, and/or biographical information for promotional and other purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. The Winners, by acceptance of any prize, acknowledge compliance with these Rules and agree to release The HSUS, HSVMA, their affiliates, officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, and agents ("Releasees") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or the receipt, redemption, or use of any prize, including any injuries or damages of any kind sustained in connection with the use, acceptance, possession, or awarding of any prize.

Limitation of Liability
Releasees are not responsible for printing, typographical, human or other errors of any kind in any contest-related materials or for stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, or infection by computer viruses, bugs, or tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, actions of entrants, technical failures, or any other causes corrupt or infect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, The HSUS and HSVMA reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any entry or entrant and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest and at their sole discretion award a prize from among all eligible non-suspect entries validly received prior to the action requiring such modification. By entering, all contestants agree that the Contest is governed by the laws of the District of Columbia for the resolution of all claims and disputes (excluding any claims against or disputes involving parties other than The HSUS and/or HSVMA relating to any prize awarded in the Contest).

List of Winners
For the names of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

Requests must be received by September 1, 2010.

If you have a question about the Contest that is not covered above, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any other questions about the Contest, please email us at dogtails@hsvma.org. We'll do our best to respond in a timely fashion. Thanks for participating!