Fifth Annual Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest Returns Sept. 1 - Jan. 31

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American Pet Products Association (APPA) encourages students in grades 3rd-8th to submit creative poems for a shot at scholarship dollars and other pet prizes.

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“It’s so fun to read all the poems every year and really see how much of an impact pets have on these young kids,” Vetere said.

Calling all creative students! Bob Vetere, APPA President, is pleased to announce that beginning Sat., September 1, 2012 the organization will be accepting submissions for its 5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest. Students are encouraged to write unique poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets for a chance at top prizes.

“It’s so fun to read all the poems every year and really see how much of an impact pets have on these young kids,” Vetere said. “With more than 1,000 poems submitted for the last contest, we look forward to continuing the momentum in our fifth year and encourage even more students to participate. It truly is a great opportunity for kids to creatively express their love of hermit crabs, fish, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses, and everything in between, while competing for some really great prizes.”

Students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them and the joys they bring, and then post it online at or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 5:00pm EST.

In addition, teachers within the contest grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans, and submit poems in one entry, on behalf of his/her classroom.

One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a pet in their classroom.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload your submission, or download a printed submission form, please visit or contact Brooke Gersich at The Impetus Agency, 775.322.4022 or Brooke(at)theimpetusagency(dot)com.


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information.

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