Show your love for shelter pets in Valentine’s Day Card Contest

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dog-valentine-card-contestHaute Dogs and Justin Rudd! are sponsoring a Valentine’s contest that will benefit shelter pets in Long Beach. The contest seeks Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create loveable Valentine’s Day Cards for the dogs and cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter.  Cards from adults are encouraged, too, but will not be judged in the contest.

“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,” said Rudd. “We encourage classrooms, scout groups, church youth groups, and other organizations to create cards for the animals.”  

Cards should be mailed or hand-delivered to Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 East Spring Street (MAP) Long Beach, CA 90808, on or before Fri., Feb. 12.  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.

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 dog’s name.  Volunteers will randomly assign a card to an animal.  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 weekend.

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 a special Valentine’s Day Yappy Hour from 3:00 p.m. t0 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14 at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 East Spring Street. The Valentine card viewing party will include punch and cookies for human guests and special Valentine’s goodies for the shelter animals. Awards will also be announced for the best Valentine’s cards.

The Yappy Hour will surely allow visitors to find a four-legged sweetheart to love.  The Animals Shelter’s regular hours are Wednesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed Monday and Tuesday.  Direct any questions to

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