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Tail of the Year Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tail of the Year Competition?

The Tail of the Year is a pet competition seeking the cutest and most interesting pet in all of Hudson County.

Pet owners can submit pictures of their pets online to have a chance at winning their city’s Tail of the Year Award and the overall title of Hudson County’s 2021 Tail of the Year Award.

This is the first year we are running this competition and are excited about making it an annual tradition.

Why would you enter your pet in the Tail of the Year?

The Tail of the Year is a way for people to have fun and celebrate their love for their pet.

Who wouldn’t want to show off their pet’s unique talents and cuteness?!

The Tail of the Year award comes with great prizes and prestige!

What type of pets can enter the Tail of the Year?

We welcome all pets to enter and participate in the Tail of the Year competition. This competition is for all pets – dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, hamsters, birds, etc.

Can I enter if I live outside Hudson County?

In order to participate, you and your pet must reside within one of the 12 cities in Hudson County, NJ. We do not accept entries outside of Hudson County, NJ.

When and Where does the Tail of the Year take place?

The Tail of the Year is an online competition that takes place between August 30th and November 17th, 2021

What is the voting and judging process?

Voting – The Tail of the Year contest will be managed using a 3rd party app. The app will count and verifies all votes. Vote counts will not be displayed during any part of the contest, nor will be they be released any any point during or after the contest. The promoter will not be held responsible for entries or votes not received.

Judging – Pet entries will be judged on the following:
-Number of public votes (33% of score)
-Quality, cuteness, and uniqueness of photos submitted (33% of score)
-Written Entry (33% of score)
-Final scores will not be made public and in the event that the winner does not want to participate in the final stages then the runner up will be put through to the final.

What are the dates of the competition?

Open for Participation – August 30th – September 26th, 2021
-Participants must submit a current photo of their pet that was taken in the last 6 months. Participants must enter their pet in the city in which they reside in Hudson County.

Public Voting – September 27th – October 17th, 2021
-Vote counts will not be made available to the public or to participants at any stage of the competition.

Judging Process – October 18th – November 7th, 2021
-The 3 pets in each of the 12 cities of Hudson County with the most votes will go through to the next round. Our team of Independent Judges will then select one finalist for each city.
-During the judging process, the 36 finalists will be notified and asked to re-enter their pet’s photo wearing their Tail of the Year sash ready for the final Public Vote.

Final Public Voting – November 8th – November 23rd, 2021
-Vote counts will not be made available to the public or to participants at any stage of the competition.

The Tail of the Year Winner will be announced on November 24th, 2021.

What are the Tail of the Year Prizes?

No cash alternatives will be offered. Prizes are non-transferable, are subject to availability, and can be substituted with another prize of similar value without notice. The promoter is not responsible for any inaccurate prize details provided to any contestant by any third party connected with the competition.

First Prize

  • Title of Tail of the Year 2021
  • Photo shoot with Faithful Hound Studios
  • Canvas image from the photo shoot
  • Trusty Tails $200 pet sitting voucher
  • Trusty Tails Gift Basket
  • Unjumbold Gift
  • Maggie Rose Studio Gift

Runner Up Prize

  • Trusty Tails $100 pet sitting voucher
  • Trusty Tails Gift Basket
  • Unjumbold Gift
  • Maggie Rose Studio Gift

If the promoter deems a prize in appropriate due to pet type or service area, a substitute prize of equal value will be provided.

Where can I vote for the Tail of the Year?

You can vote at tailoftheyearaward on the following dates:

Final Public Voting – November 1st – November 16th, 2021

Public Voting – September 2nd – October 10th, 2021

When will the winner be announced?

The Tail of the Year Winner will be announced on November 17th, 2021.

Can you tell me how many votes my pet received?

We will not display the vote counts during any part of the competition.

What are the rules of the Tail of the Year participants?

Below are the rules that apply to all participants in the competition. Failure to comply with these rules will result in immediate removal of the participant from the competition.

1.Code Of Conduct – Participants found to be harassing other participants, promoters, organizers, or sponsors in any manner will be removed from the competition (and future competitions) with immediate effect. Promoter’s decision will be final.

2.Participants shall not use paid advertising to promote their entry.

3.Participants shall not buy votes in any form.

4.Participants suspected of cheating in any form will be removed from the competition.

5.Tail of the Year logo and the Trusty Tails logo can only be used with written permission from Trusty Tails.

6.Only official sponsors may claim sponsorship. For example, this includes, but not limited to adding their name to posters, tshirts, flyers, and awards.