Washington, D.C. – New York Times bestselling mystery writer and long-time Washington, DC area resident Martha Grimes’ Best in Shelter (www.bestinshelter.org), a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness of animal shelters, is proud to announce the first ever virtual dog show.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (www.awla.org), the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (www.lostdogrescue.org), the Washington Animal Rescue League (www.warl.org) and the Washington Humane Society (www.washhumane.org) will each submit four videos of adoptable dogs to the Best in Shelter website. Public voting will begin on Thursday, June 14, 2012 and end on Sunday, June 17. The dog with the most votes will win $50,000 for its shelter. The dog with the second highest vote total will win $25,000 for its shelter and the third place dog will earn $15,000.
According to Martha Grimes, “Traditional dog shows around the country have extolled the virtues of particular breeds. I’m happy that the four animal shelters participating in Best In Shelter will help demonstrate that shelter dogs are the equal to pure bred dogs when it comes to looks, love, and a happy addition to any family. We hope this will encourage people who have not considered adopting a pet from a shelter to at least visit their local shelter to look at the dogs.”
Grimes, a long time animal rights supporter and advocate, established Best In Shelter in 2011, and plans this year’s virtual dog show as the first of a series of virtual pet shows to encourage shelter adoption.