Hot Dogs, Cool Cats

Humane Society Pet Of The Year 2019

Snowflake, winner of the 2019 Chautauqua County Humane Society Hot Dogs, Cool Cats pet photo contest, is pictured.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Hot Dogs, Cool Cats pet photo contest came to a close with Snowflake, a Great Pyrenees mix, being named Chautauqua County Humane Society Pet of the Year 2019.

Along with the pet of the year title, Snowflake will receive a $100 Visa gift card, a photo session with Catherine Panebianco and will be on the cover of the 2019 Chautauqua County Humane Society deck of playing cards. Snowflake belongs to Spencer and Carol Drake of Dewittville.

Carol Drake said she and her husband entered Snowflake into the competition because they had done so with their dog Lancelot a few years ago and they had much fun being a part of a competition. Drake said the photo competition is also a good community fundraiser. Drake also said that at 14¢ years old, Snowflake is starting to slow down, and she and her husband felt this would be a nice way to honor her. Drake said she was, “Touched by how many people new Snowflake, and how sweet it was that they voted for her.”

The Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Photo contest raised $10,602 of its $11,000 goal, with the proceeds going directly to benefit the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. There were 180 entries.

“It is such a fun contest to watch, and it’s amazing to read the stories of the participating animals,” said Brian Papalia, Chautauqua County Humane Society community relations director.

Sponsors include Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa LLC., the Media One Radio Group (SE-93, My Country 101.9, 103.1 The Fox, 106.9 Kiss FM, WJTN AM & FM, and WKSN) and Panebianco Photography.

The top 23 animal participants will appear on at least two cards in a deck of playing cards, with the top four vote-getters appearing on a the face card of their choice. Humane Society officials will announce later when the playing cards are produced.