Pet Project Contest

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097


Pet Project ContestAs pet lovers and REALTORS, we have the dual advantage of much needed knowledge of resources to help our furry friends and the humans who love them. This seemed like an ideal combination to create the Pet Project Contest.

Pet Project ContestOne of my favorite things about ActiveRain is the number of caring members who openly share stories of their pets, their animal activism involvement, the comedies, joys and even the tragedies of their furry families. These stories touch our hearts and bring us closer together.

Pet Project ContestIt seemed so natural to create the Pet Project Contest, combining a chance to write about a subject that means so much to many of us and an opportunity to provide much needed information about pet resources in our communities. Those who already live in our areas and those we might be working with as real estate agents who want move to our areas will all want to take advantage of the information. In addition to your chance to win extra points, you will be winners learning more about the animal resources in your community.

Among others, Gayle Rich-Boxman was an inspiration for this contest. Last April,Pet Project Contest Gayle celebrated the designated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month by posting every single day about different aspects of pets and how to make their lives better. I was blown away by her undertaking and visited her post every day to support what I know was a daunting task.

Pet Project ContestThe judges and I hope you will welcome the Pet Project Contest with the same level of support and you’ll recognize a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the animals in our community and those who love them.


Our Judges:

Pet Project Judges copyright 2012 Mona Gersky




~Contest begins 1AM E.S.T., Monday April 2nd and will end at midnight E.S.T., Monday, April 23, 2012.

~Join the "Pet Project Group" - this will be where you post your entries. 

~Contestants will select four of ten topics from the list provided and enter four separate posts. Each post will be judged separately.

~Contestants will adhere to the spirit of the contest by highlighting pet interests in their locale. You’ll be judged on your efforts to draw attention to your specific “territory”.

~No rules regarding minimum or maximum number of words but following good SEO guidelines when writing your post will be taken into consideration during judging. 

~Use links to connect your readers to local services and information! 

~Our primary focus is good, relevant & helpful information to improve the lives of pets and the people who love them but, the judges (and your reading public) like attractive posts - use clip art, photography, colored fonts and good layouts. 

~Post all four entries separately to the Pet Project Group.

~When you have completed all four entries, go to the "I've Finished the Pet Project Contest Post" and comment with either a link to all four posts OR at minimum the titles and dates of your four completed posts. Tammy Lankford wrote a terrific "How To Link" post

~It is also a good idea to post your articles to your favorite localism and pet groups! 



Prize Winners not only raise the consciousness for animal welfare but also get awesome SEO & Google Juice notoriety and the following rewards: 

Contest Entry Bonus 500 points...if all four posts are entered prior to the deadline of midnight E.S.T., April 23, 2012. 

"Early Bird" Bonus 500 points...if all FOUR entries are posted prior to midnight E.S.T., Thursday, April 12, 2012 

3rd Prize 1500 points

2nd Prize 2000 points 

1st Prize 3000 points 



1) I Lost My Pet/I Found Someone’s Pet…Make it simple for people whose pets have gone missing or if they’ve found someone else’s pet. Provide contact links or phone numbers of common places to make reuniting families and pets easier. In addition, offer suggestions for places to post on social media.

2) Where To Get An Animal Companion?...Let’s work together and stamp out backyard breeders and puppy mills…a pox on them all. Give suggestions in your area for the local humane society, animal shelter, local pet rescue groups, ethical breeders and breed specific rescue groups. 

3) Health Care...Shine a spotlight on the health services in your area with links to the local health providers, mention any specialties they might provide, such as holistic, oncology, geriatric, farm animals, birds, reproductive services, mobile services, emergency hospitals, etc. 

4) Grooming and Quality Boarding Services...Introduce master groomers, mobile groomers and help people find a place to board their pets, include not only boarding kennels but those who also offer boarding for birds and horses. 

5) Animal Advocacy...If someone is moving into your area or already lives there and wants to be involved in advocating for a better quality of life for animals…who can they be involved with? Do you have groups looking for volunteers to foster, raise money for spay/neuter, someone working for ethical treatment of farm animals, working against medical experimentation on animals…offer good information for people who care. 

6) Legal Matters for Animal Companions...Does your area have leash laws or are certain vaccinations required? Do pets have to be licensed? What is the role of “Animal Control” in your area? Is your shelter a “no-kill” or what kind of time do they give before euthanizing strays or turn-ins? 

7) Pet Friendly Entertainment...Does your area promote festivals or fundraisers to benefit pets? Mutt derbies or beauty pageants? Favorite dog friendly or horse friendly paths or trails? Dog parks? Outside dining that welcomes your pets sitting with you? 

8) Local Retail Offerings for Animal Companions...Grooming supplies, kennels, food, fun gifts for animal lovers, dog treat bakeries, non-toxic cleaning supplies? 

9) End of Life Issues for Pets...Does anyone provide hospice care, grief counseling, pet cremation services, pet cemeteries, when it’s time to say goodbye, pet headstones, condolence cards and gifts? 

10) My Heart is On My Sleeve - (Name Your Topic)...Post about what matters to you personally…a personal pet "hero" story, “real” pet rescue groups vs. puppy mill brokers, the foster experience, choosing the right pet, even special needs pets deserve a break, truth and myths about puppy mills or whatever topic you feel strongly about as an animal rights advocate.

P.S.  For those of you entering a contest for the first can "bookmark" this post for easy reference.  Good Luck to All!




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Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood
Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Mona - thanks I posted all four on the blog you requested!  Loved doing these posts...loved it!!

Apr 12, 2012 04:53 PM #118
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Cheryl, I believe you also posted in the "I've Finished..." congratulations and thanks.

Pam and Kathy, please be sure you put your links in the "I've Finished the Contest" post...see link above.

Anna, I think you've also posted the links in the right place...thanks.

Apr 12, 2012 06:20 PM #119
Karen Crowson
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA - Livermore, CA
Livermore Wine Country Homes

Hi Mona,

   Here are my entries.  Always good to know this stuff!!

Stuff for pets in Livermore

Pet Adoptions in the Tri Valley Area

Dog Parks in the Tri Valley

Pet Services in Livermore


Apr 12, 2012 07:37 PM #120
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Karen, thanks...I hope you've posted the links in the I've Finished the Contest post!

Apr 13, 2012 04:04 AM #121
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

What a great idea for a contest... people love their pets... and want to know that you do too!  I'm in!  Kathy

Apr 14, 2012 02:00 PM #122
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Great Kathy, we'll look forward to your entries.

Apr 14, 2012 08:04 PM #123
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

This contest sounds like too much fun.. I'm in!

Apr 19, 2012 09:40 AM #124
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Welcome aboard better get busy though!  Looking forward to your entries.

Apr 19, 2012 08:08 PM #125
Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Port St Lucie, FL
Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist

Isn't this over yet so you can pay me out?  I need my points! 

Apr 21, 2012 08:31 PM #126
MaryKay Shumway
Kellstrom Ray Agency - Sister Bay, WI
Door County WI PROFESSIONAL Real Estate Expert
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Patience Kevin. Soon, very soon.

MaryKay, thanks for the participation.

Apr 22, 2012 02:04 PM #128
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Just letting everyone know that it is now midnight:35 Eastern Standard Time and the deadline for entries was 35 minutes ago.  Thank you everyone for your participation.  Now, the judges and I have our work cut out for us.  We will announce the winners on Monday, April 30th.  Good luck everyone!

Apr 23, 2012 09:37 PM #130
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Here are my four pet project posts.  I almost didn't get the 4th one done because I was busy caring for a sick kitty, and arranging for his remains after we lost him today (See my last post). I hope you'll include my posts, but if you can't I'll understand.  I forgot that it was to close by Eastern time. Today was a pretty emotional day.

Apr 23, 2012 10:15 PM #131
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.  So many of us have lost members of our feline families over the last few months.  Sharon Lee lost Lindsey, Karen Anne Stone lost her Miss Molly T and we lost our darling Lazerkitty.  I will read the last post...I've read all of your posts and thought they were fabulous.  I especially liked "Celebrate Earth Day".

Thank you for understanding the rules and no one wants to disappoint an animal lover more than the judges.

Apr 24, 2012 04:15 AM #132
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Eve, those are definitely easier to read, thanks.

Apr 28, 2012 02:17 PM #134
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
Harcourts - The Carl Group - Camas, WA
REALTORs® in Clark County, WA

Nicely done all. Mona, what a great undertaking and I will go back and read through these entries. Silly me, I didn't know what Gayle meant when she kept referring to Pet Project - I didn't know it was a contest until just recently. Good grief - oh well, better late than never. Thanks again to all involved in this great contest.

May 02, 2012 10:19 AM #135
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Debb, I'm sorry you missed it but you should be proud of your production in Roger's contest.  It was awesome.  Join PetProject and contribute towards it please.

May 02, 2012 07:38 PM #136
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