Dogapalooza began as part of a dog-themed art exhibition at OMAM in 2012, and has grown to become an annual dog-friendly festival with a focus on raising money for local animal charities.
Reimagined to keep everyone healthy and safe, Dogapalooza 2021 will feature an online photo costume contest for both dogs AND cats (but don't worry, we won't make you dress up your cats)!
The photo with the most online votes will determine the “People’s Choice” winner. Our celebrity judges, Hailey Nolin and Django Valentine, will review all of the photos submitted online and will select winners for Best Original Costume, Best Ensemble Costume, Best Holiday Themed Costume, and Best Pet/Person Look-a-Like, in addition to a few surprise categories.
It’s easy to enter!
Visit our online photo contest website (click here), upload a photo of your pet, pay the $5 entry fee, and then invite your family and friends to vote online by sharing your contest link through email/social media. $1 = 1 vote! All net proceeds benefit Great Dawg Rescue of Ormond Beach, the Halifax Humane Society and Sophie’s Circle.
The online costume photo contest will open Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Online voting can begin as soon as the photo is registered and will close at noon (12:00 p.m. EST) on Friday, January 22nd. Winners will be announced on January 23, 2021.
Win great prizes!
The canine with the most online votes will win an original resin art piece by Hailey Nolin. The feline with the most online votes will win an original watercolor pet portrait painting (5x7) by Lisa Argentieri. All category winners will receive a voucher for a delicious Donnie’s Donuts 4-pack (plain so it’s safe for the doggies to eat too)!
But wait, there’s more!
Dogapalooza 2021 will have other events, such as an online vendor marketplace and a virtual Blessing of the Pets. Below are some of the activities scheduled so far, but be sure to check back here (and follow us on social) for updates and more details!
2021 Dogapalooza Events Timeline
- JAN 2nd: Contest opens at 10am! Upload and vote (click here) at any point in our online photo costume contest before it closes at noon on Friday, Jan 22.
- JAN 7-31: Shop or support past Dogapalooza vendors in this online marketplace.
- JAN 13-31: Visit our friends at Donnie's Donuts to buy an official Dogapalooza doughnut! Each purchase of these $3 tasty specialty items will equal a $2 donation to our local animal charities. Donnie's also will be collecting new pet food items for Sophie's Circle Pet Food Pantry.
- JAN 17th: Our friendly neighborhood Starbucks (125 E. Granada Blvd) is hosting a special Supply Drive-Thru (9-11am) to collect commonly needed shelter items for the Halifax Humane Society! While you're there, be sure to get a free Puppachino for your pooch! Remember to take video of your doggy enjoying their whipped treat and post it on social using #pupcupchallenge #dogapalooza
- JAN 18th: Watch this #CreateInPlace video to learn how to turn paw prints into a beautiful art piece!
- JAN 19th: Take this Canvas & Cocktails painting class with sparkling artist Nettie Price live via Zoom! Register by Jan. 17th.
- JAN 20th: Father Roy of St. James Episcopal Church shares a special message and blessing in this video!
- JAN 21st: It's Bark & Brews Day at Ormond Brewing Company. Sit (socially distanced) outside with your pup and enjoy a cold one!
- JAN 22nd: Voting ends at noon! $1 = 1 vote with ALL net proceeds benefit Great Dawg Rescue of Ormond Beach, the Halifax Humane Society and Sophie’s Circle!
- JAN 23rd: Watch our video to see a fun pet "parade" and see the announcement of our contest winners!