Pets rack up the votes! – The Messenger of Troy

Heading into the weekend, felines are way ahead in the number of pets entered in the Humane Society of Pike County’s 2023 Pet Photo Contest.

“But the entry deadline isn’t until August 31, so the cats’ lead may not hold,” said Donna Brockmann, president of the Humane Society. “Already we have very interesting cat entries. James Shirley’s cat is named Troy and Spike, a long-time entry, died this month and will be listed ‘in memory’.

Two cats from Troy Animal Shelter, Binx and Julio, are registered and howl for the votes. Added to the mix of cats are gerbils, Yoda and Hippo, with entries yet to come. Brockmann said the 2023 Pet Photo Contest could end as a photo finish.

The number of early entries stands at 43 and Brockmann said he hopes the number will double and more because the animal photo contest supports HSPC’s neuter/ring neuter clinic.

“Neutering is the single best way to reduce the number of unwanted and, too often, neglected and abused dogs and cats,” Brockmann said. “To encourage pet owners to have their pets neutered, the Humane Society of Pike County pays the first $50 of each procedure while funds are available. All local vets participate, so attending the clinic is also convenient.

The greater the number of pets entered in the annual Pet Photo Contest, the greater the number of votes will determine the dollars spent on the spaying clinic.

Those who have not entered their pets in the 2023 Pet Photo Contest are encouraged to do so by visiting the HSPC website at or onsite at Guynn’s Income Tax and Bookkeeping Services, Jinright’s Hillside Antiques and Haisten, Shipman & Wiggins. Entry fee is $10 and votes are one dollar.

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