The city of Austin and two Texans are among those nominated for the first ever “Pet Parents’ Choice Awards” put on by pet blog Pet360.
The awards, which include the categories of “Most Inspiring Rescue” and “Best Pet Viral Video,” are designed to celebrate pets and pet advocates.
The story of a 13-year-old boxer named Annie went viral last year when it was reported that her stay at Austin Pets Alive!, had exceeded an almost unprecedented 1,000 days. In 2014, 22-year-old Lauren Flickinger of San Marcos finally adopted Annie despite her medical issues after seeing her picture on a Facebook post. Flickinger is now one of the five nominees up for “Most Heartwarming Adoption” of the last year.
Arlington’s Sgt. Gary Carter, who famously rescued a pit bull after crossing paths with the dog a number of times while on the job, is also nominated for “Most Heartwarming Adoption.”
The winner will receive $1,000 to donate to a local animal shelter of their choice.
Noting our big Texas-sized hearts, Pet360 also recognized Austin’s citywide friendliness, referencing its no-kill policy, dog-friendly restaurants, off-leash parks, pet-friendly hotels and cat cafe, which is coming soon. Seattle, Tucson, Ariz., Charleston S.C. and Portland, Ore. are the other four cities up for the top honor of “Top City for Pets.”
The city that receives the most online votes will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize, to be given to a local animal shelter. If Austin were to win, the prize money would go to Austin Pets Alive!
Voting opens next Monday and will run through Aug. 2. The winners will be announced Aug. 5.