A Contest to Help Underdogs Get Adopted!


If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you’ll know that I am a HUGE animal lover. If we had the money I would have a working farm and/or an animal rescue. I simply love all of God’s creatures, with maybe the exception of bugs. I’m not a fan of bugs.

At one point we had five cats, a dog and a ginormous Goldfish. Sadly we now only have three cats and our Goldfish. Our dog and two of our cats had to be put to sleep due to medical issues (two with liver diseases and one from old age and complications from Diabetes).

Recently, we wanted to add to our family by adopting a super cute cat named Boots. Boots has a neurological condition that causes him to walk funny and lose balance. Aside from that, he’s perfectly healthy. Unfortunately another family came in and adopted him before we had a chance to. At least he has a good home.

There is another cat at the shelter who is missing an eye (I’m not sure of the reason why), as well as another cat that is old with kidney issues requiring special foods. I would consider adopting them. I don’t mind the cat with one eye (she’s really pretty), and I feel sorry for the old cat. He should not live out the rest of his days in a metal cage at a loud and busy shelter. He needs a comfy bed near a sunny window in a quiet home.

It’s not just cats. There are many older and “different” dogs in shelters across the country waiting for forever homes too.

There is a contest currently underway to help find homes for dogs, especially special needs and older dogs, called “Uplift the Underdog.” Below is more information.

As part of its commitment to putting pets first, premium pet food manufacturer, Petcurean, is excited to announce its second annual “Uplift the Underdog” contest. The contest’s goal is to help raise awareness and increase adoption opportunities for “underdogs” – those dogs in shelters who are often overlooked due to age, medical conditions, or other issues. Three categories in the contest will yield even greater awareness for finalists this year.

Each year, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide and nearly 700,000 are euthanized, despite research showing that the majority are healthy and could have been adopted1. By inspiring people to focus on the amazing heart and spirit of underdogs, rather than their “so-called imperfections,” the “Uplift the Underdog” contest will help these loveable shelter dogs find their forever homes.

This year’s contest is an evolution of the company’s “Uplift the Underdog” contest held last spring. Rescue groups and shelters are encouraged to enter their most overlooked dogs who fall in one of three categories: those who have medical or physical challenges, those with behavior or emotional issues, or those who are super seniors. The contest is open to all rescues and shelters across the United States and Canada now through April 14, 2019.

“There are so many amazing dogs that are just waiting for their chance to be adopted, but due to stereotypes associated with shelter pets, particularly ones who are not considered “perfect”, they’re overlooked time and time again,” said Christine Mallier, PR & Community Relations Manager at Petcurean. “Our hope is that the ‘Uplift the Underdog’ contest will not only encourage people to adopt these deserving dogs but that it will also raise awareness for the groups that are working so hard to support the displaced animals in their communities.”

After completing the online nomination form, six finalists will move to the next round for each of the three categories.  Beginning on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30), consumers can vote for their favorite dog in each category through Petcurean’s website. The dogs in each category that receive the most votes within one week will be named category winners on May 7, 2019.

Prizing details:

  • 5-year supply of Petcurean dog food to each category winner
  • Adoption fee paid for by Petcurean for any finalist that gets adopted before the end of 2019
  • 1-year supply of Petcurean dog food to any finalist that gets adopted before the end of 2019
  • 500-pound donation of Petcurean pet food to all finalist shelters
  • Makeover grooming session for all finalists

For more information on Petcurean’s “Uplift the Underdog” contest and to enter, visit  www.uplifttheunderdog.com. Eligibility restrictions apply. Entry is open now through April 14, 2019.

I hope that you can pass along this information to your local animal shelter so that they have a chance to enter.

If you are looking to adopt a dog (or cat), PLEASE consider an older pet, or perhaps a pet with special needs. What you’ll get in return – undying love and affection – is well worth the pay off.


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this because I love animals and I believe that all animals deserve to be in a loving, caring home. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.