Three Cats Named Winners in ASPCA Pet Photo Contest

The animal welfare organization chooses 10 winners and two runners-up in its 2008 “My Furry Valentine” online photo contest.

Posted: March 26 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Sherry Howell/Courtesy of ASPCA
Sherry Howell was a winner in the photo contest with this photo of her cat Griffon.
More than 900 love-struck pet owners submitted photos of their pets in the ASPCA’s 2008 “My Furry Valentine” online photo contest in February. This week, the ASPCA announced the winners of the contest, all of whom will receive an ASPCA T-shirt, plush toy and wristband, as well as a copy of “The Emotional Lives of Animals” by Marc Bekoff.

“Unconditional love is a hallmark of any strong relationship,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO. “The winners of this year’s photo contest were selected not only for their irresistible mugs, but also for their stories, which highlight the lasting bond we all share with our four-legged friends.”

One such story was shared by Sherry Howell, who submitted a photo of her cat, Griffon. Howell explained that she “found Griffon while at the animal shelter looking for a puppy.”

“I fell in love with him the instant I saw him,” Howell said. “Needless to say, I came home with him instead of a puppy!”

Along with Griffon, the contest winners included Daphnee, a Turkish Van mix; Riley, a Basset Hound; Dixie, a Jack Russell terrier; Bella, a Pit Bull; Chloe, a gray tabby cat; Sasha and Sparky, canine companions; Grace Noir, a Pit Bull; Chato, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix; and Lola, a Basset Hound. Honorable mentions were awarded to Aine, a Boxer, and Pepper, a Shepherd mix.

The winners and their heartwarming stories can be viewed on the ASPCA website.

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Joshua    Pineville, WV

3/31/2008 10:07:46 AM

CONGRATS to all the winners! :)

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

3/27/2008 12:34:03 AM

Congrats to all the winner & their staff~

cyan    boulder, CO

3/27/2008 12:22:19 AM


Karen    Standish, ME

3/27/2008 12:00:03 AM

Great job Griffon !We Love this photo of you!

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