Pet owners across the country are being encouraged to share their furry, feathery or scaly friends with the world – and help raise funds for the RSPCA at the same time – with the very first national RSPCA Pet Photo Contest now open for submissions.
The contest will raise funds to help the RSPCA continue to deliver its vital services across the country, which include animal sheltering and rehoming, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, and community and education programs.
RSPCA Australia Chief Executive Officer Richard Mussell said the fun competition also served a serious purpose.
“Our pets are wonderful companions and make a huge difference to our lives,” said Mr Mussell.
“The photo competition is about encouraging people to share photos of their happy, healthy pets, while providing an opportunity for the RSPCA to talk about what makes our pets happy and healthy, and how to keep them that way,” he said.
“Importantly, in addition to photos, we’re asking people to tell us how their pet has enriched their life, and we can’t wait to hear more of the wonderful stories that we know are out there, of how animals make our lives better.
“Whether they’re young or older, large or small, goofy or a little bit more mature; whether they’re cuddling, playing, snoozing or just being themselves. We want to see loved pets of all kinds, hear their incredible stories, and learn more about the many ways in which they bring joy, love, laughter and comfort into the lives of everyday Australians,” said Mr Mussell.
The RSPCA is encouraging owners of all creatures great and small to enter, with four entry categories (cats, dogs, farmyard friends and small pets) and a panel of judges picking the winners from the top five vote-getters in each category.
Prizes are also up for grabs, with the overall winner receiving an exclusive money-can't-buy family set of pyjamas designed by Peter Alexander, featuring their pet!
The contest will raise funds to support the RSPCA’s vital work, with a $10 entry fee and votes made via donations of $1 per vote.
Entries close 11:59pm AEDT Sunday 23 January.