In our post at the beginning of the month, we discussed the factual part of February being Pet Dental Health Month, but now, let’s get to the fun part – PVF’s Smiling Pet Contest! For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation has encouraged pet owners to submit a photo of their pet or pets showing off their pearly whites. Each pet who’s entered gets added to our Smiling Pet Gallery, and for a $5 donation per vote, viewers can vote for the pet(s) they like the most! Anyone may enter their pet. Just send a photo via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the pet’s name, owner’s name, and your location. (No last name’s will be displayed online).
All proceeds received during the voting process will benefit PVF’s The Last Chance Fund (TLC). The Last Chance Fund provides funds for the veterinary care of neglected or injured, unowned companion animals in Pennsylvania. Take Hefty the black cat, for example. A victim of animal abuse, he was literally put in a trashbag and thrown away for dead. Badly injured, he was discovered trying to claw his way out of the bag. Hefty was taken by a good samaritan to the Veterinary Medical Center of Lebanon for treatment. Approximately four years old, Hefty was examined and found to have a broken rib, fractured pelvis, broken teeth, lung contusions, intestinal parasites, fleas, and – understandably – shock. He was treated for his injuries and gradually recovered. After being fostered by a VMC employee, Hefty was adopted in February 2014 – and renamed Mufasa – and he is now part of a family with another black cat named Boo and a beagle named Dew.
The contest started February 1 and will continue through March 31, so enter your pets, your grandpets or a neighbor’s pet. Then let everyone know that for a minimum donation of $5, they can help animals in need as well as show everyone who has the cutest pet in town. Check out the current gallery here and please consider making a donation. Pets like Mufasa will thank you.