Send those priceless photos

Published 9:02 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

The competition looks like it will be stiff, but there’s still time to enter Fido or Fifi into the Suffolk News-Herald’s 2016 Priceless Pets Photo Pageant, which we’ve designed as a way to promote this year’s Mutt Strut, a major fundraising event for the Suffolk Humane Society.

This year, it’s easier — and cheaper — to enter than ever. Just email a photo of your four-legged (or two-winged, for that matter) friend to We’ll gather all the entries this week and open online voting on our special contest website April 10. Entries must be received by noon April 8 in order to be included in the voting.

The contest is entirely free this year, both for entrants and for voters. However, to give as many of the city’s furry and feathered friends as possible a chance at stardom, the contest is limited to pets that have not won during the past two years of contests.

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The People’s Choice winner will be the pet with the most online votes by the time the contest closes, at midnight April 19. Two runners-up also will be named.

Winners will receive an award and recognition at Mutt Strut, along with a story about their pets in a special edition to be inserted into the Suffolk News-Herald on April 27. The winning pet will be given a place of honor in the Mutt Strut’s main pledge walk.

Mutt Strut is an annual fundraiser for the humane society, whose dual mission is to promote the bond between animals and people and to reduce the problem of pet overpopulation through education, advocacy, adoption and spay/neuter programs.

For more information about Mutt Strut or to register for the event, visit

And check Sunday’s paper for a look at the 2016 Priceless Pets Photo Pageant contestants and for more information about how you can help choose the winner.