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  • Animal must be FROM Puerto Rico
  • Animal does not have to be IN Puerto Rico in the photo you submit
  • Animal does not have to be YOUR personal animal, you can enter a Defensa rescued animal photo - use our photos!  That is totally okay with us!!!
  • "Rescue" = Giving an animal in need of a home a home!!!
  • Any type animal is allowed – horse, dog, cat, pig for example – as long as they are originally from Puerto Rico
  • Your entry can be a photo of more than one animal and/or with a human - but 1st place will have to pick just 1 of the animals in the photo for their portrait and it is the artists discretion if she will paint the exact photo entered or request a face shot of your animal only - making the end portrait similar to the last 3 year winners below. 
  • The portrait made for you and the cover of the El Coqui magazine may actually be just a face or body shot similar to other art Marueen does found here on our Defensa Facebook Album .
  • If you'd like to ask about your photo(s) before you enter it - email it to and we will ask Maureen if she would create it as a portrait or what specifically could be turned into a portrait.
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