April 22, 2013
World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant Winners Announced
Eddie wins Judged Prize; Titus wins Popular Vote
A panel of celebrity judges chose Eddie, a dog from Front Royal, Va., who just loves to play fetch no matter what time of day (or night), as the winner of the Judged prize in the World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant. With more than 5,000 votes, Titus, a rescued dog from Islip, N.Y. who loves to give kisses, took the Mister World Spay Day 2013 Popular Pet prize.
Almost 40,000 people and pets strutted their stuff for spay and neuter by entering, voting, donating, and spreading the word about these life-saving surgeries through the Pageant.
World Spay Day saves lives
“We were very pleased with the quality of entries for World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant,” said Vicki Stevens, World Spay Day coordinator at The Humane Society of the United States. “Congratulations to Eddie and Titus, and all the winners of this year’s contest. All of the money they helped raise will support spay/neuter programs at some amazing local organizations who will spay or neuter thousands of animals across the country in 2013. That's a lot of lives saved.”
Prizes for winners and organizations
The owners of each of the winners received a personalized pet collar engraved with their pet’s name, copies of two popular dog books—“A Letter to My Dog” and “Underwater Dogs”—and their photo featured on The HSUS’ homepage. In addition, each winning owner selected a World Spay Day Pet Pageant participating organization to receive a $1,000 grant for spay/neuter programs awarded by The HSUS. Zazzle was a media sponsor of the World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant.
The panel of celebrity judges who selected Eddie and other winners were uniquely qualified:
- Robin Layton, professional photographer whose work can also be seen in the book, “A Letter to My Dog”
- Seth Casteel, professional photographer and author of the New York Times best-selling photo book, “Underwater Dogs.”
- Tricia Helfer, TV/film actor, animal advocate and proud “parent” to several rescued and adopted cats.
What is World Spay Day?
The HSUS and Humane Society International coordinate World 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. World Spay Day celebrates its 20th year on February 25, 2014.