Enter Pets & Pals Photo Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000!

American Humane Association
Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Some say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Well, if your photo showcases the unique talents of your pet or highlights the bond between pets and kids, it could be worth $10,000.

The 2004 Pets & Pals Photo Contest is now open for entries. Sponsored by the American Humane Association, the only national organization dedicated to preventing cruelty and abuse to both children and animals, and Del Monte Foods, makers of leading pet food products like 9Lives® cat food, Kibbles'n Bits® dog food, Pounce® cat treats, and Pup-Peroni® dog treats, the contest celebrates the best photos in America of pets and their pals.

American Humane holds a nationwide photo contest every year to raise awareness about the important role animals play in our lives and the bond between people and their companion pets.

Prizes will be awarded for the best photo in each of five different categories. One Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 plus a one-year supply of dog or cat food and treats from Del Monte Pet Products. Five finalists in each category will each receive a Sony® digital camera and a six-month supply of dog or cat food and treats from Del Monte Pet Products. And, as an additional perk, all of the dog and cat food and treat prizes will be awarded as free coupons so the winners won't have to worry about storage!

The categories for the 2004 Pets & Pals Photo Contest are:

  • Pets & Kids - Children and animals interacting, the bond between children and animals, or children caring for or helping animals.

  • Shelter Life - Shelter or rescue employees, animals, volunteers, the adoption process, new adopters, pet/guardian reunions, behavior training, pets and their vets, or animal control professionals. The shelter represented in the winning photograph in this category will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

  • The Family of Pets - Families are made of the young and the old, and this category showcases the furry, feathery, or scaly family unit.

  • Best of Friends - Pets as loyal friends, playmates, or service companions.

  • Talented Pets - Candid photographs of your pet's favorite trick.

All entries for the 2004 Pets & Pals Photo Contest must be postmarked by July 8, 2004, to be eligible for consideration. Click here for complete contest rules and an entry form.

Photos will be judged on appropriateness to the category, quality of the photo, originality, and creativity. One finalist from each of the five categories will be posted live on www.americanhumane.org, www.thinktreats.com, www.9Lives.com, and www.kibblesnbits.com in August, and America will choose the winner.

About Our Sponsor

Del Monte Foods Company is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors, and marketers of premium quality, branded and private-label food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating over $3 billion in pro forma net sales in fiscal 2003. With a powerful portfolio of brands including Del Monte®, Contadina®, StarKist®, S&W®, Nature's Goodness™, College Inn®, 9Lives®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Pounce®, and NawSomes!®, Del Monte products are found in 9 out of 10 American households. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company, visit the Company's website at www.delmonte.com.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, American Humane is the only national organization dedicated to both child and animal protection. Headquartered in Denver, with regional offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, American Humane provides national leadership in the development of programs and policies, empowering child and animal protection professionals with valuable information and support resources.

For more information, or to contact American Humane Association, see their website at: www.americanhumane.org

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