Let Your Pet's Star Shine! (and help homeless pets in need)

Share their story and photo in the Asheville Humane Society’s WNC Pet of the Year Photo Contest. 

Make your pet a star! Enter Asheville Humane Society's 2nd Annual Pet of the Year Contest to celebrate the pets (and pet lovers!) of Western North Carolina while helping homeless animals in need! Starting May 30, we invite you to upload your favorite photo of your pet along with their story HERE! Then, share their page through social media, email, and text, asking your friends and family to vote! 

Throughout the contest, there will be surprise promotions with the opportunity to gain "free" votes, so it's never too late to enter, raise funds, and help your pet win PAWsome prizes! The pet with the most votes by June 25 will win the title "WNC's Pet of the Year" and become a local pet celebrity! 

Show off your picture-perfect pet while supporting the care of homeless animals who are still waiting for their forever families. Voting is open to the general public with $1 equaling 1 vote! 

Your participation in this fundraiser will help the lost, homeless, and abused animals of our community get the care they need, and the loving homes they deserve.

Once your pet is entered, you will receive updates, tips and other contest info via email. Please add the email address, publicrelations@ashevillehumane.org, to your safe senders list and contact the Asheville Humane Society if you don't receive any emails. You can track your pet's progress on the AHS website (add it to your bookmarks for easy access)!

Now let's see those furry faces!!!

Questions or concerns? Please contact Meredith Pitcairn at mpitcairn@ashevillehumane.org or (828)761-2001 x310.

Photo submissions require a minimum donation to support the animals and programs at Asheville Humane Society. Please click on Rules for complete participant guidelines and eligibility requirements. (information provided by AHS)

Here are a few of AHNA’s Stars!  


Human Entrant's First Name: Susan
City: Asheville
My Pet Came from: Asheville Humane Society

Pet's Story
Once a stray in Asheville, I luckily ended up in the Asheville Humane Society. My foster parents adopted me. “Penelope,” “Nelly,” “Nell,” and “Lil’ One” are my names. I’m composed of 3 breeds: Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu and Treeing Walker Coonhound. Whatever my past was, I have since moved on. At 9 ½ years old, I’m the happiest, forever puppy in the world. Shoot! I’m just one of the best things that ever happened to my parents, according to them!

Click Here To Vote for Penelope


SADIE “One Day At A Time”

Human Entrant's First Name: Sadie
City: Asheville
My Pet Came From: Another Shelter/Rescue

Pet's Story
I was rescued in 2018 from a bad breeder in S.C. When my parents adopted me I had very bad ear infections. The vet said that my hearing might never return but after several months of daily treatment my ear canals finally opened up. Just when I started feeling better my parents noticed a pea-sized bump on my belly. The nodule was surgically removed and was determined to be an aggressive mammary carcinoma (most likely from being overbred and spayed late in life). 

I'm now going through chemo and I'm halfway through the protocol! I'm so happy now in my new home and I love Asheville. My parents take me everywhere. I hope this treatment works! Also, I am 21% Golden Retriever, 18% Treeing Walker Coonhound, 15% Australian Cattle Dog, and a small mix of lots of other breeds (including Cocker Spaniel, Basset Hound, Dalmatian). If you see me around town, please say hello :)

Click Here to Vote for Sadie 


My Pet Came from: Asheville Humane Society

Pet's Story
Second chances are special. There is no guarantee of what will come of them. Second chances are a leap of love and faith for many homeless animals and when given the chance can blossom into an amazing life. 

I was given a second chance at life when AHS took over my care and with the help of the community, AHS, Reach and AHNA, I lived. I was rescued from a burning house at 2 months old and sustained trauma on over 75% of my body. It took extensive medical care, love and support of many people, along with months of healing to get me ready for my new life. 

I have not looked back! I still have physical scars and am still trying to figure out the world but I am a very happy girl. I live my life to the fullest. I love hard, play hard, sleep in when I can, always try to have "second" dinner, and give second chances. 

I am a goofball in front of the camera, and a dorkus behind the camera. I make my humans laugh every day and remind them to take time to live life, not everyone gets a second chance. 

I want to help spread the word to vote by donating to help animals who need humans of their own to remind them to slow down, live, love, and play more. Vote for me (or one of the amazing animals trying to help others have a second chance!) 

Click Here to Vote for Aya