Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 14th, 2011 

Shrewsbury, NJ   Children ages 5 to 10 from across Monmouth County are invited to submit their pet or animal stories to the “Tails of Love” Contest presented by the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for 

Animals and Small Factory Productions. Has your child ever helped an animal in need of love, food, shelter or medical care? Does your child love your pet so much that he or she would like to share a story or drawing about his/her best friend? Well, if the answer is yes, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals would love to hear all about it! Contest organizers are looking for creative, original stories and/or drawings from children who love animals. The deadline for contest submissions is Thursday, April 14th, 2011. 

Tails of Love is a joint project of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions in support of the Foundation’s educational initiatives that promote the humane treatment and adoption of animals in need and distress. Entries should be no longer than 1,000 words or the size of an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper. Submissions will be accepted in all forms of media: pencil, crayon, paint, marker or computer-generated art. The sky’s the limit! Entries can be emailed to Small Factory Productions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Small Factory Productions, 560 River Road STE-C, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.  

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Rescue Dog Jax (pictured) and Elizabeth Palazzo, President, The Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals, Visit Monmouth County Schools This Spring to Share Their "Tail of Love" and Teach Children About the Importance of the Humane Treatment of Animals (Photo: Maryann Small)

On April 15th, a panel of judges representing the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions will select eight “Tails of Love” Contest winners. Winners will then be invited to create an original animated short film with the Emmy Nominated creative team at Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, New Jersey, on April 30th, May 1st and May 7th from 9 to 11 a.m. Each winner will receive a DVD copy of the film and appear as special guests at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals “Tails of Love” movie premiere at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ “Paws for a Cause Day” at Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey (date in June to be announced). 

“Small Factory is very excited to be working with Elizabeth Palazzo and the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.  The Foundation and the people dedicated to its mission are doing wonderful things for animals  in the community and Small Factory is happy to share its love of children’s literacy and storytelling for this wonderful cause,” said Chris Dudick, Owner and Founder, Small Factory Productions. 

“The collaboration between Small Factory Productions and the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals has been an amazing fit.  Thanks to our shared vision, Small Factory Productions has created a fun and unique vehicle for our foundation to educate children about animal awareness, as well as the entire community. Chris Dudick and his team work so hard and make such a difference in the lives of children. We are grateful  to work together on this project,” Elizabeth Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.