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January 21, 2010

SPAY DAY 2010 Launches Annual Pet Photo Contest

Capture your pet’s essence in images and words, win a great prize

WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, and its global arm, Humane Society International, are pleased to announce that the 2010 Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest has begun. Presented by Visa Inc. and Zazzle, the Spay Day Online Photo Contest has proven to be one of the most popular features of Spay Day, the organization's annual campaign to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets. Participants can upload digital photos of their beloved companion and tell the world how their pet has improved their lives.

Entrants are encouraged to share their pet's photo and story with their friends and family and ask them to vote for their pet (each vote is just a $1 donation toward the eligible organization of the entrant's choice). Every vote their pet receives will help spay and neuter animals around the world — and increase their chances of winning the Fundraisers Category. More than 600 pets with the most votes will win stellar prizes. The Grand Prize winner of the Fundraisers Category — the entrant that raises the most money for spay/neuter efforts — will win a four-night trip for two to Hollywood, Calif. for the 2011 Genesis Awards.

Even without votes, entrants will be in the running to win big. A panel of four professional photographers will award prizes to their favorite 36 entries. The judges will choose one Grand Prize winner to receive a studio session with Amanda Jones, one of the country's premier pet photographers; a $500 shopping spree at Humane Domain, The HSUS' official online store; and a copy of "Pet Photography 101: Tips for taking better photos of your dog or cat" by Andrew Darlow.

Darlow is also one of four professional photographers who will judge the contest this year. Joining him on the panel will be Nigel Barker, renowned photographer and judge on "America's Next Top Model," and pet portrait photographers Lori A. Cheung and David Sutton.

For detailed information about these prizes and prizes for international winners, see our contest rules. To enter the contest, please visit: humanesociety.org/photocontest.

The HSUS and HSI coordinate Spay Day by working with shelters, humane organizations, veterinary clinics and individual volunteers around the world to offer special spay-neuter events, deploy mobile spay-neuter clinics, raise money to subsidize spay-neuter surgeries, and increase awareness about the importance and benefits of spaying and neutering. Spay Day 2010 will take place on Feb. 23. For more information about the event, please visit: humanesociety.org/spayday.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.  

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