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Deadline nears for cutest pet contest

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

The Lebanon Democrat, Mt. Juliet News and Hartsville Vidette cutest pets photo contest submission period is nearing an end.

The format for the contest features a block of time to submit photos of their pets, followed by a block of time for online voting for cutest pet.

Marketing Director Charity Toombs said the photo submission period began Jan. 20 and ends on Friday.

Toombs said everyone is encouraged to submit photos of their furry friends and there is no restriction on what kind of pets can participate, but hurry only a few days remain.

Those looking to participate must sign up using Facebook or register in order to submit a photo and vote, and Toombs said each registrant would be able to submit a photo of two different pets. Along with the photo, those participating can also add their pets name along with a description.

So far, there are almost 200 entries of pets of all different shapes and sizes.

Following the close of the online photo submission period on Friday, online voting will then take place Feb. 17-28.

Toombs said there would only be one winner, and the pet with the most amount of votes would be announced March 4. 

The winning pet is set to receive a $100 gift card to the Lebanon Petco, along with additional prizes from Houndstooth Grooming & Couture and Bubby Bear Bakery.

There is no purchase necessary for photo submission or voting, but registrants will only receive one vote for their favorite pet.

“This truly is just for community interaction,” Toombs said. “People love their pets and some people might have more photos of their pets than their kids, so we just thought this would be something fun and cheerful to do.”

Participants can submit photos through Friday and vote beginning Feb. 17 on any of the three newspapers websites by clicking the “cutest pets photo contest” tab along the top. Participation is also available via Facebook.

Sponsors for the contest include Avenue Animal Hospital, Wiggins Jewelry and New Leash on Life, among others. According to Toombs, all sponsors for the contest are pet-related or pet supporters.

“I really encourage people to participate by submitting a photo and then get online and look around and vote for your favorites,” Toombs said. “Each of these pets all are very special in their own right.”

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