2019 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Photo Contest! View all the 2019 finalists here. When you enter our annual photo contest you win a Monetary Award for your favorite service animal related charity!

The top three photos with the most votes on Facebook won donations to their favorite charity in their name. First place winner receives a $500 donation, second and third places each receive $250 donations, to be presented in their name to an IRS-approved service animal related charity of their choice.

1st Place - Bailey & Nico: Diabetic Alert

Nico is a five-year old little boy who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at two years old. He also suffers from hypoglycemic unawareness as well as has multiple other special needs. Nico has an incredible bond with his Diabetic Alert Dog, Bailey. In this photo, a brief pause was made to alert to a low blood sugar while paying our respects to some of our nation's fallen heroes.

$500 Award to Chosen Service Animal Charity:

JDRF - New Jersey Metro & Rockland Co. Chapter
Type 1 Diabetes Research Funding and Advocacy

Cream Ridge, NJ

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2nd Place - Phil & Ashley: Handicap Assistance

Phil is a puppy in training from Canine Companions for Independence. One day he will be able to assist his partner by doing tasks such as opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving dropped items, and pulling a manual wheelchair. Right now he is undergoing vigorous training with his volunteer puppy raiser Ashley. Phil will learn around 30 commands. He loves to learn just as much as he loves to play! Phil is also taking lots of naps and getting lots of treats for being such a good boy! Phil had a wonderful free ACVO eye exam, Ashley told us she is very grateful for the free exam to reassure her of the health of Phil’s eyes. (www.ACVOeyeexam.org)

$250 Award to Chosen Service Animal Charity:

Canine Companions for Independence
Helena, MT

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3rd Place - Windy & Christine: Therapy & Disaster Stress Relief Dog

Windy excels at what she does because she is extremely sensitive and takes in all of the emotions. She wants to help – and, actively seeks out those in need; it is fascinating to observe her in action. With her calm confidence, gentle demeanor, and caring gaze, she quickly turns tears and fears into smiles and laughs. Windy’s unconditional love, which is expressed in a variety of ways (e.g., her affection and attentiveness, inquisitive and mesmerizing eyes, relentless tail wagging) is hard to resist. I have been told by people that Windy’s healing presence gives them strength - and, moreover, that they truly believe that she cares about them. As such, watching Windy working is particularly rewarding to me since I have accomplished even more than what I set out to do with my loyal companion and devoted therapy dog - it is a Win-Win-Win(dy)!

$250 Award to Chosen Service Animal Charity:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind - The Erie County Puppy Raising Region
Roxbury, MA

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