The Jacksonville Humane Society announces 2010 Furry Faces Pet Photo Contest

Jacksonville residents’ pet photos to be featured on
JHS’s Web site throughout 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 21, 2009) – The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) presents the 2010 Furry Faces Pet Photo Contest, a fundraiser for the animal welfare and education organization.

First Coast residents are invited to enter photos of their pets via JHS’s Web site or regular mail. A panel of JHS volunteers will select 50 dog and 50 cat photos as finalists. JHS will then open the contest to the general public to choose their 12 favorite photos, to include six dogs and six cats.

“We are really excited about this year’s Furry Faces contest,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of JHS. “As more people track their schedules on smart devices, they no longer need traditional, paper calendars. Many of our donors have requested that we follow this trend. We will now feature the 12 winning photos monthly on our Web site. This new contest format also gives us the chance to go green by eliminating printed materials.”

Photo submissions begin Monday, Sept. 28 and end Friday, Oct. 30. Submissions cost $10 per photo. Photos can include more than one animal, but pictures should not include humans. Jacksonville.com will showcase all submitted photos. Visit Jacksonville.com and search “Humane Society” to view Furry Faces photos.

Public voting begins Monday, Nov. 9. Votes cost $1 per entry with a minimum of $10 for online votes. Votes may be submitted via the regular mail with a cash or check. Voting concludes Thursday, Dec. 17.

The JHS Web site will feature one of the six cat and six dog finalists monthly. JHS will announce the winners Dec. 21. The JHS Web site will feature the first winning pet photo starting on Dec. 31. Each month, the Web site will feature a different winning pet photo. Cat and dog photos will alternate months.

About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a non-profit, no-kill center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.

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Media contact:

Michelle Gilliam
Jacksonville Humane Society
904.725.8766 (office)
904.859.8606 (cell)
mgilliam@jaxhumane.org