As everyone is aware, given the pandemic, for the past year it has been difficult to raise funds when so many worthy causes are in need; however, we are consistently humbled by the level of support that is received for Rochester Animal Services. It is with this mission driven focus that VSAS has put forth the first Roc Top Dog Contest. This inaugural event was created as a way for members of the public to share submissions of the dogs they love and to inspire support for RAS during these challenging times. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. This contest has provided a bright spot for animal lovers with each sweet bio filled with adoration for their pets.
With that in mind, we assume each entry is presented in good faith with the intention of raising funds for pets in need in our community. Accordingly, we will not comment on any contestant’s status outside of this contest. As we continue to find creative ways to engage the public, our mission will remain top of mind as our sole focus. As always, THANK YOU for showing up for Rochester's animals in need. You are all Top Dogs to us!
The search to find Rochester's "Top Dog"
Is your dog the sweetest, silliest, most awesome dog in the Greater Rochester Area? Now is the time to prove it. We're on the search to find the Top Dog in the Greater Rochester Area while raising money for a great cause - pets in need. It's a win, win!
It's Easy To Participate
Ready to see if your dog has what it takes to be named Rochester's Top Dog?
- Donate $10 to enter, upload a photo of your dog, and write a short description of why they are the best. You can enter the contest from February 1st, 2021 - end of the day on February 7th, 2021 BUT REMEMBER, the sooner you enter, the longer you have to collect votes!
- Voting opens February 8th and closes at 8pm on February 28th. Get the voting started by convincing friends, family, and neighbors to support your nomination. Votes cost just $1, and individuals can vote as often and as many times as they'd like.
It's that easy!
Win Great Prizes
While the real prize is bragging rights and recognition from the community that your pup is Top Dog, there are all sorts of other cool prizes you could win!
The dog with the most votes will be featured on the label for the Roc Top Dog Ale: a specially blended brew created by the brewmasters from Three Heads Brewing. The brew will be sold as a limited release beer at their brewery and distributed in local Wegmans stores. How cool is that!?!? A special release party will happen in April (date and details TBD) when the winners will also be announced. In addition there are a whole bunch of awesome prizes for the top five finalists.
Be sure to check out the full list of prizes
to see what you could win.
Your Participation Helps Local Dogs
As if you needed another reason to get involved, let's talk about the biggest reason for participating in the Roc Top Dog contest — community pets in need! As noted, this event is a fundraiser for Verona Street Animal Society who supports the mission of Rochester Animal Services and their goal to create safe neighborhoods, support the human-animal bond, and save and enhance lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted monetary support and the overall operations for these organizations. We need your support now more than ever to continue doing great work in our community. While this is a tough time for all of us, let's dig deep, raise some money, and have some fun in the process.
You can learn more about VSAS And RAS here
Put Your Best Paw Forward
We're here to help you every step of the way.
- Keep an eye on your email. We'll be providing helpful tips & tricks to get more votes for your pup.
- Follow our Facebook Event. You may see your pooch featured. Be sure to comment and share.
And remember, all the money raised benefits our community, so how can you go wrong?