Halloween Costume Contest: Voting Has Ended

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Last year’s best cat photo

UPDATE: Our contest for 2013 is now over — winners list here. And you’ll definitely want to check out the huge gallery of our favorite photos.

Do you love Halloween? Do you love dressing up your dog or cat in ridiculous costumes so you can post embarrassing pictures of them online? Heck, do you like cash and valuable prizes?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’re going to want to enter Pets Adviser’s Third Annual Halloween Pet Photo Contest. We are giving away a total of $1,000 in cash and prizes. Winners will be announced, fittingly, on October 31.

One Grand Prize winner will be chosen by an official panel of judges. The Grand Prize is a $600 donation to the registered 501(c)3 nonprofit animal shelter or rescue of the winner’s choice.

Separately, “Fan Favorite” voting on our website will decide Fan Favorite winners in three distinct categories: Dog, Cat, and Other Pet. Those prizes include donations, cash and Pets Adviser Shop credit.

You’re going to want to share this contest with your friends and family, especially if you work with a nonprofit animal shelter or rescue or if you know someone who does. So hit that Facebook button and share the news. A few hundred dollars goes a long way toward feeding and vetting rescue animals!

The contest launched on Oct. 7, right here at Pets Adviser. Use our official Entry Form. You have until Oct. 28 to enter, but please note that Fan Favorite voting already started on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize

All accepted photos that are entered during the voting period (“valid entries”) will be eligible to win the Grand Prize. An official Pets Adviser panel of judges will decide the Grand Prize winner, based on creativity, originality, composition and overall appeal. Voting on our website will NOT be a factor for the Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize award will include the following:

  • $600 donation to the registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • Featured article on Pets Adviser about that shelter or rescue
  • In addition, the Grand Prize winner him- or herself will receive $100 cash!
  • Winner to Be Decided by: A Pets Adviser judging panel will determine the Grand Prize winner; votes on our website will not be a factor for the Grand Prize.

Fan Favorite: Cat Costume

One Fan Favorite Cat Costume prize winner will be determined solely by votes on our website (see Voting Rules below). This prize includes:

  • $75 donation to the registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • Featured article on Pets Adviser about that shelter or rescue
  • In addition, the Fan Favorite winner will receive $25 Pets Adviser Shop credit
  • Winner to Be Decided by: Most votes — voting ends on Oct. 30

Fan Favorite: Dog Costume

One Fan Favorite Dog Costume prize winner will be determined solely by votes on our website (see Voting Rules below). This prize includes:

  • $75 donation to the registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • Featured article on Pets Adviser about that shelter or rescue
  • In addition, the Fan Favorite winner will receive $25 Pets Adviser Shop credit
  • Winner to Be Decided by: Most votes — voting ends on Oct. 30

Fan Favorite: Other Pet

Iggy the ferret’s entry from last year (dressed as Mario from Super Mario Brothers)

We don’t want to see only dogs and cats in our Halloween Pet Photo Contest. Last year we had entries from ferrets and birds. The bottom line: We will accept photos of all pets in costume, from reptiles to birds to hamsters, squirrels and livestock. One Fan Favorite Other Pet prize winner will be determined solely by votes on our website (see Voting Rules below). This prize includes:

  • $75 donation to the registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • Featured article on Pets Adviser about that shelter or rescue
  • In addition, the Fan Favorite Other Pet winner will receive $25 cash
  • Winner to Be Decided by: Most votes — voting ends on Oct. 30

How to Enter

U.S. residents age 18 or older can enter the contest using our official Entry Form.

Important Dates to Know

  • Contest entry period begins — today, Monday, Oct. 7
  • Entry period ends — Monday, Oct. 28 at 12:01am Eastern
  • Fan Favorite voting begins — Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 12:01am Eastern
  • Fan Favorite voting ends — Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 12:01am Eastern
  • Winners announced on our website — morning of Thursday, Oct. 31

Official Rules

Special Thanks

Pets Adviser would like to thank our readers and subscribers for their continued support. With your help and thanks to advertising revenue raised from this website, we have been able to donate thousands of dollars this year to deserving animal welfare causes.

Also, we would once again like to thank Embrace Pet Insurance, our contest sponsor last year. Embrace Pet Insurance is Pets Adviser’s preferred choice for pet insurance.

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