People Magazine's Annual Rescue Dog Competition - Time to Vote!

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
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Crufts and Westminster, step aside. There’s a new competition in town and it’s appealing to thousands of pet owners who chose to adopt not shop. It’s the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog contest and for 2023, celebrity rag People magazine has teamed up with PEDIGREE® brand to host the annual event for the sixth year running.

Last year’s winner, Gordon the Shiba Inu walked away with a bounty of great prizes including a year’s supply of Pedigree dog food, a photo spread in People magazine plus a $1,000 donation to his animal charity of choice.

This year’s competition promises to be fierce as submissions from across North America have been pouring in. Already narrowed to just 10 worthy contestants, readers still have a chance to vote for their pup pick in time for the September 22nd deadline. Just click here to view the shortlist and watch for the October 20th announcement detailing which of these worthy rescues gets to wear the top dog crown for 2023.

Will it be Cocoa, a 10-year-old terrier found abandoned on the streets of California? At just five pounds, this toothless mini-mutt now enjoys a happy life with her adoptive pet parents.

Perhaps Ducky will tug at your heartstrings. Dumped at a Kentucky rescue, this poor boy’s badly damaged leg was wrapped with duct tape that ultimately required the amputation of several toes.

Maybe little Hobie will wear the crown. Wandering the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, glaucoma required his eye to be removed however this visually challenged pooch is now safely ensconced in a loving home.

Then there’s Lazlo who was rescued from a hoarding situation. He’s working to overcome his timid nature and has even learned to skateboard and practice his piano-playing skills. Way to go, Lazlo!

Or Skye who was found abandoned in a dumpster and then transferred to a high-kill shelter. Clearly, those bright blue peepers helped his loving pet parents decide on a name.

We all know our adopted pooches have what it takes to win our hearts. But if you’re thinking your pooch could also out-cute any of this year’s contestants, pull out those calendars and be sure to be on the lookout for the “call for submissions” for 2024. People magazine will typically announce the competition is open for entries starting around June 24th. Upload a snappy pic of your best buddy and include their adoption story, how they’ve delivered non-stop joy into your life and offer a shout-out to the rescue that brought you together.

Power to the rescue!

Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and a feline who prefers to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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