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Your Best Shot

Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine

All Animals magazine, January/February 2016

Photo by Paul Bernstein

My husband and I adopted 3-month-old Dita von Tease (a nod to the burlesque dancer briefly married to rocker Marilyn Manson) in 2014 as a Hanukkah gift for our cat Monster. We’d recently lost our two older cats, and Monster seemed lonely. As a self-declared cat whisperer, I should have known better.

Dita slept the first day, but since Day 2 she’s been h-e-l-l on paws. She chews on upholstery, paper towels, doorstops, window blinds. Everything is a toy, and Monster’s tail is one of her favorites. For months, her attempts to play ended in wild wrestling matches. Now, the tussling has given way to snuggling. We’ve gotten compliments on the new blinds. And we love her sweet trill, how she zooms up the cat tree and how she deposits her toys outside our bedroom door every night. My husband, Paul, took this photo during a brief moment of calm after we adopted her. She’s wearing the skull-and-crossbones collar I’d bought beforehand. How prescient of me!

Arna Cohen, former staff writer

Do you have an inspiring photo of a favorite pet, rescued farm animal or wild animal? Please share it!

Submit your photo to us for possible publication in All Animals or on our website, along with an explanation of 250 words or fewer about why it's meaningful to you.

Submitted photos should be at least 300 dpi at a size of 8" by 10" and at least 2MB. (You may also send hard copy submissions to All Animals—Your Best Shot, The HSUS, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Hard copies cannot be returned.)

Questions? Email allanimals@humanesociety.org.

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