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Vote for Shelter Pooches in Virtual Dog Show

by Katie Pyzyk — June 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm 2,268 13 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) has entered a wacky video into a virtual dog show contest.

The Best in Shelter contest highlights dogs that have had a hard time being adopted. Four area shelters were chosen to participate, and must submit a video submission for each canine entrant. Visitors to the website vote for their favorite dog based on the video, photos and listed information.

In addition to fulfilling the goal of finding homes for the featured dogs, the shelter with the winning pooch will receive a $50,000 donation. The second and third place winners will receive $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.

Longtime D.C. area resident and New York Times bestselling author Martha Grimes started Best in Shelter last year to bring attention to animal shelters. She is providing the prize money.

“I’m happy that the four animal shelters participating in Best in Shelter will help demonstrate that shelter dogs are the equal to purebred dogs when it comes to looks, love, and loyalty and would be a happy addition to any family,” Grimes said. “We hope this will encourage people who have not considered adopting a pet from a shelter to visit their local shelter to look at the dogs.”

AWLA made the special video (above) for Gaston, a four-year-old American Bulldog mix, because he has been there for so long. Shelter officials hope the publicity from this contest might help to find Gaston a good home. AWLA’s other entrants are Molly, Pooh Bear and Rumor.

Another Arlington-based organization, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is also a contender for the prize money. It entered Daphne, Harley, Cowboy and Pepper.

Voting takes place from now until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. Anyone may vote, but there is a limit of one vote per day. Winners will be announced sometime next week.

  • Brian Griffin

    I vote for myself!! Oh wait I’m not in it

    • Arsenio

      Chill, dawg!

  • Arlingtoon

    Great video and a wonderful pup.

    Just cast my vote for Gaston.

  • lilypad

    I volunteer at the shelter, and I’ve gotten to know Gaston well; he is a fantastic dog. I don’t understand why he hasn’t been adopted yet.

    • Arlingtoon

      Do you think that because he’s part Pit that some people are too nervous?

      Looks like a sweet puppy.

      BTW, thanks for your volunteer work at the shelter — that’s a real and important contribution you’re making.

      • WeiQiang

        AWLA gets tons of pits & pit mixes – we adopted one – and they generally get adopted in due time. I don’t understand why Gaston is not yet adopted … he’s such a cutie. If this goes on much further, I may have to adopt a him as well while my other half is overseas.

  • lilypad

    Thanks, Arlingtoon–I love working there. Gaston is a very, very mellow dog. I’ve seen several pits that were far more rambunctious and had more “issues” than Gaston get adopted from the shelter since he arrived. It’s very mysterious!

  • lilypad

    Oh, and a shout out for Pooh Bear and Molly, who are also great dogs (I haven’t met Rumor)!

  • Gaston Fan

    Poor Gaston just wants to find a simple fire hydrant, but not with all those people following him. Privacy, please.

  • Roover

    The worse post of the week. Nobody’s caring about this. Hahaha!!!

  • gaston fan

    big fan of gaston. hope he finds a home,

  • Tabs

    Go Gaston!

    Although, have to say that Molly, who was shot by some scumbag, is a contender.

  • Westover Leftover

    add something about white people can’t dance and how much trouble will I get in?

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