Do you have an amazing dog story that emphasizes the animal-human bond? It could mean some much-needed cash for your favorite rescue or shelter, thanks to the just announced “America’s Best Tails” contest from For the Love of Dogs Television, the American Dog Rescue Foundation and the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation.
For the Love of Dogs Television is looking for interesting stories about how an animal has helped to change your life, or how you have helped change an animal’s life. All prize money will be awarded to the animal welfare organization of your choice.
There are no parameters for the stories they are looking for, only that your animal has had a profound effect on you, or you on the animal, in one way or another. It could be a rescue story, it could be a service dog story, it could be a story about a pet you have had from childhood or it could be about a person who has done incredible things because of their love of animals.
From all of the submissions, For the Love of Dogs producers will choose three stories per week to air on the weekly For The Love of Dogs shows beginning October 6th. At the end of each show, co-hosts Arthur Benjamin and Farah White will award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. All the prize money will directly benefit the charity of your choice. Weekly prizes are $1,000 for 1st Prize, $500 for 2nd Prize and $250 for 3rd Prize. The season will culminate on December 22, 2012 with a special “Holiday Show” during which one Grand Prize winner will be selected from the season. The charity nominated by the Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000.
This is a great way to raise awareness for your organization and potentially raise much needed funds. Here’s how it works:
- All entries have to state which animal organization is to receive the prize money should their submission be selected and win
- Entries can be either written or on video
- Written entries are to be typed, to include a photograph(s) of the entrant and their dog and to be no longer than 500 words
- Video entries are to be no longer than 3 minutes. Video entries can be sent as a link to youtube.com or vimeo.com
- All entries and video links are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Entries are to be received by midnight on September 15, 2012
- Each entry must have a contact name, email, telephone number and address so we can contact them once submissions have been selected
- Any legal U.S resident can enter, but minors need parent written authorization to appear on television
- All entries (and their dog if applicable), if selected, need to be able to appear on television between October 6 and December 22, 2012 so they can tell their story in person
- All persons appearing on television will need to sign a photo/video release form and a confidentiality clause
- Rescue organizations and advocacy groups can nominate as many stories as they would like.
There will be a total of 33 stories chosen over the course of the season, so there will be plenty of winners. Just remember – you must have your entry in by midnight on September 15, 2012.
Copyright Rebecca Poling 2012. All rights reserved. Email DFWAnimalRescue@att.net if you have a story you’d like to share.