We love our pets!

Pets can provide all sorts of health benefits, including encouraging physical activity, reducing stress and anxiety, improving socialization, and increasing our general happiness. They also help teach empathy and compassion, supporting the development of healthy relationship skills. Animals of all kinds can also be working animals, some of which have been trained as therapy and/or emotional support animals for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Virtual pet show

Participate in the Action Alliance’s first ever virtual pet show and show your love for your favorite pet or working animal! We could all use a little break from the doom scrolling to look at funny, cute, and quirky pets. If you have a pet or working animal, enter them into one of eight categories- there’s a little something for everyone! Don’t have a pet but love animals or funny videos/photos of them? Participate by voting for your favorites in each category!

How to participate

Enter: Have a pet(s)? Enter their photo or video into the pet show to compete in one or more of the eight categories. Entries must be submitted by August 31, 2022 by 11:59pm. (Entry information coming soon!)

  • Pets at Work (photo/video)
  • Best Trick (video)
  • Best Voice (video)
  • Pet/Owner Look Alike (photo)
  • Grumpiest Pet (photo/video)
  • Unlikely Friends (photo/video)
  • Best Photobomb (photo)
  • Golden Oldie (photo/video)

From all entered pets, we’ll also award the Audience Favorite and Best in Show.

Vote: Take a moment to appreciate the adorable, funny, and cute pets who add vibrance to our lives, then vote for your favorites in each category. Voting opens September 5-21. Be sure to share your favorites via email or social media to help them win!

Join us for Virtual Yappy Hour: We’ll announce the winners of the virtual pet show during Yappy Hour on September 22, 4-5pm. (Event details coming soon!)

Become a sponsor

You or your company can support our work by becoming a sponsor of Paws for Prevention. Sponsorship donations at all levels allow you to share your commitment to building healthy relationships and thriving communities. We’ll acknowledge your support on the event webpage and during the Yappy Hour Award Event. Contact Elizabeth Wong or Leisha Santilli at (804) 377-0335 or give[at]vsdvalliance.org.

Download the Paws for Prevention Sponsorship Form (pdf)

Download About Paws for Prevention (pdf)

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