Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 19th, 2012  

Shrewsbury, NJ – Children in grades one through three from across Monmouth County are invited to submit their animal stories to the Second Annual “Tails of Love" Contest presented by the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions. Contest organizers are looking for creative, original stories and/or drawings from children who love their pets. The deadline for contest submissions is Thursday, April 19th, 2012. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 26th, 2012.

"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 to 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. 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. 

A panel of judges representing the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions will select eight “Tails of Love” Contest winners and notify the winners by April 26th, 2012. 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 on May 5th and May 12th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Winners must be able to attend both workshops or forfeit their position. 

“The collaboration between Small Factory Productions and the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals has been an amazing fit," Elizabeth Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. "Thanks to our shared vision, the contest winners will work together to create a fun and unique cartoon that will educate their peers about the humane treatment of animals. By experiencing the love of an animal, children learn about responsibility, compassion and selflessness."

"The whole experience was fabulously fun. I recommend it for everyone," Camryn Osofsky, 2011 Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals' "Tails of Love" Winner, age 8, Rumson. 

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 “Paws for a Cause Day” at Pier Village in Long Branch on Saturday, June 2nd. The premiere is part of a full day of  kid and pet-friendly activities at Pier Village. 

Link to 2011 "Tails of Love" Cartoon, "Give Animals a Chance":