World Spay Day Events Expand With First-Ever Pet Pageant

Panel of Judges

The celebrity judges taking part in the Pet Pageant include award-winning photographers Robin Layton and Seth Casteel, as well as actor Tricia Helfer.

Layton has worked with the Humane Society as a contest judge in the past, and the proceeds from her book, A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends, will go to support the Humane Society.

“Everybody loves a competition! Any time I have the opportunity to get the word out that spaying and neutering saves lives is always a good thing,” Layton says.

Casteel, known for his series of underwater dog photos and his nonprofit Second Chance Photos, is also excited to be a part of this new initiative.

“Anything I can do to help our little friends, count me in! It's clear that photography is an amazing tool to help make the world a better place for our pets,” he says.

Barr is glad to have animal lovers judging the pageant.

“The judges’ compassion and insight into animals make them perfect fits for the lofty task of choosing the pageant winners,” she says.

Remembering the Cause

According to Barr, the best thing about the Pet Pageant is that it’s not just fluff but “seeks to educate pet owners, in a fun way, about the importance of spay/neuter.” She hopes the pageant will become an annual event honoring World Spay Day.

“The pageant will continue to evolve over the years, to keep up excitement and participation in the event, but having thousands of online ambassadors for spay/neuter will always be the focus of the pageant,” she says.

The 18th annual World Spay Day takes place on Feb. 26, 2013. Learn more about the Pet Pageant on The Humane Society of the United States website, and how to spay and neuter your pet by asking your veterinarian.

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