Create A Clever Caption Contest #1


December 20, 2011 Update:  The judges have made their decision! Congratulations to Gwen – you’ve written the winning caption! (Please see our revised picture below.) Our first runner up was “I Believe…” Adopt a shelter dog this Christmas and give them a reason to believe. written by Anna Bettina Johnson. Our second runner up was Didn’t Hermie ask for a dog to love? written by the Wallace Clan.

A huge thank you to our four judges! We couldn’t have finished our contest without their patience and expertise. They represent areas that positively impact the pet overpopulation problem – veterinary, volunteer/rescue, education and communication. Specifically, they are:

Kristen Gallicchio, Veterinarian
Park Veterinary Group
Samantha Benson, Founder
Sit, Stay & Learn Nonprofit Dog Rescue & Education
Catherine Marinello, Family & Student Engagement Lead
Citizen Schools New Jersey
Liz Dembeski, Owner
D&M Printers

And, thank you to all  for your thoughtful captions – we thoroughly enjoyed reading them (see Comments below) and so very much appreciate your continued support. We hope you all had fun.  -Dee

While you’re working on clever gift ideas for all the folks and pets on your list . . . keep those creative juices flowing just a little while longer. Bet you can come up with at least one extraordinary caption for our featured photo below!
The 1st  Place winner will receive a $50 American Express gift card! Yup, that’s right – FIFTY dollars to spend any way you wish . . . and, you’ll receive it in time to do some last minute holiday shopping!
Here’s the rules:
1. Come up with the most compelling – intriguing – engaging – humorous – appropriate caption for our contest’s photo. It should focus on or relate to the problem of pet overpopulation in some way. (Some appropriate topics are: spay/neuter, puppy mills, backyard breeding, animal abuse, rescue, overcrowded shelters, fostering, adoption – you get the idea . . .)
2. Type YOUR NAME and THE CAPTION in the “Leave A Reply” comment box below. Be sure to click the “Post Comment” button to send your contest entry to us!
3. All entries (aka “Comments”) must be sent by midnight EST December 18th, 2011.
4. Lola and three impartial judges will pick the best caption. The winner will be contacted via email and receive their $50 gift card prize before December 24th! Their most excellent caption will be publicized on’s blog, facebook page and Twitter feed.




  1. Gwen

    Reindeer are over-rated. Adopt a shelter pet.

  2. Gwen

    You are never too old to be neutered…

  3. jill

    OOOHHH Come On Santa, How’s The Rabbit?

  4. Glenn Kolba

    ” I’ve got a Twinkle in my eye and I can touch the side of my nose, but if you think I’m gonna shimmy down the chimney. . . Forget it. “

  5. Kaitlyn Vafiadis

    Please save me from the shelter this year Santa. Send me to a little child who needs a friend.

  6. Anna Bettina Johnson

    “I Believe…”
    Adopt a shelter dog this Christmas and give them a reason to believe.

    1. Marilyn Sanderson

      good one!

  7. wpw

    Lola sez: Do I look good in green?

    1. Marilyn Sanderson


  8. Joan Morrison

    Please, Santapaws, make all my shelter mates as happy as me. Please give them a loving home and loving people who will make sure they have no more puppies, good food, and a life free from pain and suffering and worry.

  9. Marilyn Sanderson

    I’m dreaming of a sterile Christmas, for all the kennel mates I know. May their bellies be full of delight, and may all their Christmas be bright.

  10. Marilyn Sanderson

    I reeeeeally looooove you santa. Won’t you consider running on the Republican ticket? Together we could really make some great changes. FREE SPAY AND NEUTERING FOR ALL! HO HO HO. What do ya think Santa? Huh? Huh?

  11. Brigette Hillman

    Please Help my four-legged family find REAL homes this year. A shelter is no place for them!

  12. Marilyn Sanderson

    Oh dear Santapaws, I have but one request. That you leave a little note by each childs gift, reminding them, when they are grown and have a pet of their own, that they do the right thing. (End the sadness). Spay/Neuter

  13. wendy

    Dear Santa Pauws,
    All I want for Christmas is to have my tubes tied.
    Lola’s Sister

  14. Nicole Castillo

    Oh Santy Clause can you please oh please find me a loving and warm home this holiday season? I promise I will be good a good girl…..some bacon wouldn’t hurt either….Okay thank you, bye.

  15. Sue Yerega

    “You took care of finding homes for all those reindeer, how about one for me Santa?”

  16. Wayne doran

    Wait. Where did you say we were going to live? Oh well. Better than some animal shelters I guess.

  17. Wallace Clan

    Santa….please take me home with you.

    Didn’t Hermie ask for a dog to love?

    Santa, please rescue us from the shelter of misfit dogs!

  18. wpw

    Santa: This year you promised – no puppies from the puppy mills… only shelter dogs!


    Not sure what my people want me to do, but there is a cookie

  20. Andrew Wentz

    Santa, can you get my friend from the shelter before it’s too late?


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