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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, 2014, and January 4, 2015, 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 2014 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, 2014 - January 4, 2015), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, email, or tweeting #BBH4TH, 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, 2015, 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, 2015, 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, 2014 - January 4, 2015). 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, 2014 – January 4, 2015)

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 #BBH4TH to share stories on Twitter!

Congratulations to 2013’s Most Heartwarming Story Winner
Jaime’s Story from Montgomery County Friends of the Shelter!

Most of Jamie’s short, one-year-of-life, was filled with loneliness and neglect. She was discovered in her owner’s apartment, emaciated and frail, tied to a couch with a two-foot piece of rope. Jaime was rescued from her abuser, and after three months of rehabilitation, found a wonderful forever home during the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign.