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Habitat for Hounds contest announced

Statement issued Wednesday:

H.O.P.E. for Animals is looking for contestants and sponsors for the first annual Habitat for Hounds, a designer dog house building contest. the event is the first of its kind in Fort Wayne, and will be a three phase event.

The first phase will be contestants designing and building the most unique and creative dog houses imaginable. houses must be completed by February 29, 2012.

The second phase will be open public voting on the houses to determine the top 5. votes will cost $1.00 apiece, and anyone can vote on-site where the houses will be displayed, or online at from March 1 to March 31, 2012.

The third phase of the contest will include the top 5 doghouses being displayed at the 2nd annual Northern Indiana Pet Expo on April 21 and April 22, 2012 in Fort Wayne. there will be voting on the top 5 at the pet expo, and online voting will be re-opened April 21. the winner, chosen from the top 5, will be announced on April 22 at the pet expo.

All houses entered in the contest will be auctioned at a silent auction – the top 5 will be auctioned at the pet expo, and the remaining houses will be auctioned online. all proceeds from the auctions will be used to support spay and neuter programs in Fort Wayne.

Register to compete or to sponsor the event at, or contact Megan Close at 260 420-7729.

For further information, please contact Megan Close, H.O.P.E. for Animals community outreach coordinator at 420-7729 or at

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