Applications Now Available for Dog of the Year Contest

The contest runs this summer, with the winner to be crowned during a ceremony Nov. 1.

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Applications are now being accepted for the annual "Dog of the Year" contest, Ocean City officials announced this week.

The event benefits the Ocean City Dog Park, 45th and Haven Avenue, a special place where canines meet to frolic and communicate.

This contest is limited to 12 entries, and finalists are selected from the initial applications. 

Completed applications must include a $20 fee and a photo of the nominated dog. The entry fee benefits the Ocean City Dog Park and is not refundable.

Best friends are requested to include a written summary of why they believe their pet should be chosen as a finalist.

Applications must be submitted by June 15, and the contest runs from July 20-Sept. 22. The Dog of the Year will be crowned Nov. 1 at the Ocean City Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue.

There will also be a Halloween costume contest for all dogs on the site following the crowning ceremony.  

Dog of the Year calendars, t-shirts and other products will be for sale to benefit the Dog Park. The crowning event is free. The public is invited to attend.

Nominated dogs must be at least six months old, be current on all inoculations and be licensed in their communities.

Finalists will be required to have an Ocean City business sponsor who will be asked donate $100 to support the Dog Park.

During the contest, photos of the 12 finalists will be featured on display panels on the Boardwalk, in the Downtown and at the Ocean City Library at 17th and Simpson Avenue.

The public will be able to vote for its favorite by money donations at these locations and at sponsor businesses. 

Donations or contributions to the OCDP, a 501c3 organization, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Dog of the Year applications are available at the City Hall Information Center located on the ground floor of 9th and Asbury Avenue seven days a week.

For more information, call 484-680-4469.


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