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Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays Success Story Contest

Most Heartwarming Story Contest Will Award $1,000


One lucky animal organization, participating in this year’s Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign, will receive a $1,000 donation for sharing their most heartwarming pet adoption story. To be eligible for this prize the adoption must take place between October 1, 2015, and January 4, 2016, and must include at least one high resolution photo of the pet and/or family. Be sure to enter to win by telling us the best stories your organization sees during the 2015 campaign. Please see below for details on how to enter.

Story Contest Details

Every week during the Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (October 1, 2015 - January 4, 2016), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, email, or tweeting #lighttheirwayhome, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a featured story to be featured on our blog, Pause For Tails. Your story may also be featured on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s and Blue Buffalo’s social media!

After the campaign ends on January 4, 2016, the weekly story submissions will be narrowed down by a panel of judges. Those finalists’ stories will then be voted on by the public and our grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 donation to their organization.

The winner will be announced in February, 2016, and will be contacted via phone or email. The winner will also be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog.

Rules and Regulations

Enter success stories any week (or every week!) during the campaign (October 1, 2015 - January 4, 2016). You can enter as many times as you have unique pet adoption success stories.

Donation recipient must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare group.

Please include at least one, high resolution photo or image with your story to be considered for voting.

Stories must take place during the adoption campaign. (October 1, 2015 - January 4, 2016)

Where to Submit Your Heartwarming Stories

Mail to:
c/o Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays
Helen Woodward Animal Center
P.O. Box 64
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Twitter: Tweet using #LightTheirWayHome¬† to share stories on Twitter!

Congratulations to 2014’s Most Heartwarming Story Winners

We had an unprecedented outcome for 2014’s Most Heartwarming Story Contest: two Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner organizations, Friends of Rescue and Home FurEver Rescue, each received 1,359 votes, which tied them as the winners of the story contest! For their hard work and dedication, both organizations received $1,000 for their extraordinary “tails” that showcased the resiliency and unconditional love of the pets for which they found homes.

Meet Zonder, from Friends of Rescue
Zonder, deaf and blind, was utterly alone in the shelter before he was rescued. After 10 weeks of rehabilitation and love, Zonder found a wonderful forever home! Read his story!

Meet Katt, from Home FurEver Rescue
After her rescue off the streets of Detroit, Katt waited two years to find a forever family. Now she has a warm, loving home and a new sibling to play with! Read her story!