Today, June 17, is the last day to vote for your favorite shelter dog in the Best in Shelter virtual dog show that will award $50,000 to the local shelter with the winning dog.
The shelter with the dog with the second-highest number of votes gets $25,000 and third place gets $15,000. There is a limit of one winning dog from each shelter, so three of the four participating shelters will receive a prize.
Four area shelters entered videos of up to four adult dogs currently available for adoption in their facility:
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington
- Washington Humane Society
- Washington Animal Rescue League
- Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Best in Shelter is an organization founded by author Martha Grimes to bring attention to the plight of shelter animals. The organization is accepting donations on its website. Its 501(c)(3) status is pending.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington has been energetically encouraging votes for its entry, Gaston (pictured), with a lemonade stand in front of the shelter on South Arlington Mill Dr. every day, and volunteers handing out leaflets to passersby in the extremely dog-friendly neighborhood.
You can vote once from each device, so from your smart phone, iPad, laptop, etc. To vote, go to www.BestinShelter.org, watch the videos of the dogs, and vote for your favorite. Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. tonight.