As many of you know, our Charity by Design team partnered with Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals to host a Pawtography Contest, which ran throughout the month of May in honor of Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days on June 1st and 2nd.
We were overwhelmed by the volume of submissions, the touching stories and adorable pictures. While we truly feel that everyone is a winner for giving these animals a forever home, below are our four e-gift card winners. Be sure to check out our 16 runners-up on Facebook here. We hope you enjoy their stories as much as we do.
This is Blue doing one of his favorite things: Laying in my boyfriend’s and my bed. Blue is a pitbull from Allentown, Pennsylvania. We met Blue at the Leigh High County Humane Society in 2008. At the shelter his name was Little Boy Blue. They found him on the street weighing about 47 lbs. with scars all over his face. He was scared of every little sound and movement. Blue was so scared to leave the shelter when it was time for us to take him. He was digging his feet into the ground and didn’t want to go. He would walk with his head down and his tail between his legs. It was so sad. Eventually, he felt our love and trust. He is the biggest lap dog I’ve ever met. He loves to cuddle, play with other dogs (his best friend is a bossy Boston Terrier), nap, play in the snow, go for rides in the car and sunbathe. I couldn’t imagine life without my dog child, Blue.
Harvey was an 8-week-old kitten when he was rushed to my father’s veterinary practice in Pennsylvania after being shot with a pellet gun through the neck — no, we still don’t know who did it! My dad saved his life and when I met this kitten it was love at first sight! He had some nerve damage at first in his eye (you can see in the picture in the top left corner), but he has completely healed and now lives a safe, happy life in New York City with two loving humans and a best friend kitty brother, Beck (another rescue!).
We found Jasper through a rescue in Vermont. He was rescued from a breeding puppy mill in Ohio where the dogs were kept in cages, never given any affection, exercise or socialization. We got him when he was 5 months old and he was very shy and withdrawn at first. We are so happy to now have a healthy, happy, friendly and RAMBUNCTIOUS dog as part of our family! He is the highlight of my day and we both love how he curls up next to us at night! I encourage everyone to adopt a rescue pet — there are so many who need homes — and on top of that will add so much to your life!
Cheerio! He’s a lovable little bundle of energy. He came into our lives right before we lost our first dog, Bentley. Ever since then Cheerio has been there to help us through all the rough times of life. After we lost our first dog, my dad went through a difficult time. He was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and underwent surgery. His healing companion was Cheerio. Cheerio is the sweetest Yorkie you’ll ever meet!