Enter the 6th Annual Valentine’s Card Contest for Shelter Pets

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City of Long Beach Animal Care Services, Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd, and Westerly School of Long Beach are sponsoring the 6th-annual handmade Valentine’s card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine’s cards for the 120+ dogs and 50+ cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter. Hundreds of cards were submitted last year.

CARDS from adults are encouraged, too, but will not be judged in the contest. Rudd says, “There are hundreds of dogs and cats in our city who are looking for love and affection while waiting for forever homes. Let’s show them our love this season. We encourage classrooms, scout groups, church youth groups, and other organizations to create cards for the animals.” 

Cards should be received at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808, on or before noon on Sun., Feb. 8, 2015. Students should place their name, grade level, teacher’s name and school name on the very back of the card. Cards will not be returned.

WIN A PIZZA PARTY! The student who creates the winning card will receive a pizza party for their friends, classroom or group (up to 30 people). Judging will take into consideration the grade level of the student, and will be based on creativity, originality, and first impression. The folded cards should not exceed 5×7, and should not include any particular animal’s name. Volunteers will randomly assign a card to an animal’s kennel. The goal is to get at least one card per animal that will be attached to each pet’s kennel through the Valentine’s Day week.

In addition to the regular shelter hours, the public is invited to come view the cards and their creators, spend time with the animals and “fall in love” during the special Yappy Hour from noon to 1 p.m., where punch and cookies will be served to human guests by students at Westerly School, soft love songs will be playing, the shelter animals will receive special Valentine’s goodies, and awards will be announced for the best Valentine’s cards.

Justin Rudd and Long Beach beauty queens will be hosting the event. The Yappy Hour will surely allow visitors to find a 4-legged sweetheart to love.

Regular shelter hours are Wed. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat. thru Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed Mon. and Tues. Direct any questions to Justin@JustinRudd.com. Parking is free.

Visit the shelter online at http://longbeach.gov/acs or get more information at http://hautedogs.org.

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