Dog Advocate Could Be 2009 Hero of the Year

Animal Planet competition rewards one dog, cat, or other animal supporter.

Posted: March 11, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Animal cops, shelter workers, veterinarians, and anybody else who demonstrates a commitment to the welfare of cats and dogs all have a chance to become Animal Planet’s next Hero of the Year.

The 2009 contest has gotten underway to search for the man or woman who shows extraordinary effort, talent, and spirit in support of animals in their community, according to Animal Planet Media. The fourth annual competition encourages the public to nominate candidates now through June 28.

To be considered for the contest, the nominator must write an essay no longer than 250 words that describes the cause that their nominee works to support. In addition, contest judges want to know about the activities and actions that display the candidate’s dedication, the impact of their actions on the animal community, and how they inspire others to get involved.

Those who enter a friend or relative in the contest automatically qualify to win a $50 PetSmart gift card, one of which will be rewarded daily during the nomination period. The panel of judges will select 10 finalists, and the general public will choose their favorite contestant during People’s Choice voting, available on from Sept. 14 through 27.

The winner gets recognized on air and also receives a trip for two to a destination that supports their cause. In addition, Animal Planet donates $10,000 to the winner’s favorite animal charity. Contest rules and details are available online.


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Michele   Freeport, IL

3/11/2009 9:36:01 AM

This sounds like a wonderful competition.I will be sure to check it out!

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