Share your rescue pet's touching 'tail' for Berkeley Humane's storytelling contest

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If a rescue pet has impacted your life, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, the Berkeley Humane Society wants to hear from you.

The organization is accepting submissions for its Best in Show storytelling contest, which showcases stories of how rescue pets have changed people’s lives.

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For example, Claudia, who was playing with her pup, Maverick, at Lafayette Park in San Francisco on Tuesday, told KCBS Radio why she chose to adopt him at the beginning of the pandemic.

"He brings me so much to my life," she explained. "His personality and the way he can read my mood and my day too, I think it’s great."

Tales like Claudia’s are what Berkeley Humane wants for its fifth annual fundraising event next month.

"Pets touch our lives in all different ways," Executive Director Jeffrey Zerwekh said. "What we just ask is people share with us how a rescue animal impacted their life. They could make us laugh, they could make us cry."

"They could have been a pet that they adopted from Berkeley humane, or from a public shelter or from a private rescue crew or another sbca," he added.

Interested people may submit to the organization a 300 to 400 word personal story about a rescue animal that's impacted them. The contest welcomes storytellers of all ages and backgrounds.

A panel of essay judges will narrow the candidates down to three finalists, who each will have a chance to read their stories at Best in Show, which is being held virtually for the second time thanks to COVID-19.

"It’s been hard not being in the same room as everyone because we miss everyone so much, but being a virtual event now the stories can come from anywhere and the finalists don’t have to be from the Bay Area either," Zerwekh said. "We think they’re all winners. But one will be crowned Best in Show."

The deadline to enter is September 15, finalists will be notified September 30 and the winner will be determined at the Best in Show event October 15. All the finalists will win prizes.

If you want to submit your story, go to the Berkeley Humane website here.

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