Sixth 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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Calling all poetic pupils! Bob Vetere, APPA President & CEO, is pleased to announce that the association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL), will be accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Students in grades 3rd-8th grade are encouraged to write unique poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes.

“After receiving more than 1,500 entries during our last contest, we look forward to continuing the momentum in our sixth year and hope to encourage even more students to participate,” Vetere said. “The contest is a wonderful opportunity for kids to creatively express their love of pets whether they be lizards, fish, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses, and everything in between, while also allowing them to compete for really great prizes.”

Students in grades 3rd-8th across the nation are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them and the joys they bring to their lives, and submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at, online at or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. 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 or online outlet. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload your submission, or download submission forms, please visit or contact Brooke Gersich at 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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