To nominate a pet, you must be a legal U.S. resident age 18 or older at the time of participation and fill out the entry form with all required sections. The entry period will run from January 1 until April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Reader’s Digest reserves the right to change the entry period at any time for any reason. Any change to the entry period will be posted here; please check this site for any change. Entries received after the entry period has ended will not be considered. Reader’s Digest is the official timekeeper for this promotion. Void where prohibited. Employees, officers and directors, and their immediate family members and members of their household (whether related or not), of Reader’s Digest, its parent and affiliated companies and any promotion partner or agent are prohibited from nominating a place and from voting in this promotion.
To complete your entry, make sure to include great stories about your pet pals, following the instructions on the entry form. Pictures are required. And the more you send us, the better your entry! Photos and text in each submission must be the original work of entrant. Photographs must be submitted as small electronic files: They must be 1 MB maximum (500 pixels @72 dpi), JPEG format only. Name each file with the name of your place. Digital photos must meet these resolution requirements, necessary for publication.
Qualifying entries will be considered in the naming of finalists, which will be viewable on rd.com. Entry qualification will be determined by the editors of rd.com. Qualified entries must meet minimum criteria, including but not limited to a fully completed entry in accordance with all requirements, an engaging description of your pet pals, how they met and their typical behavior, at least one engaging story that demonstrates what makes these pet pals the best in America, and at least one picture illustrating these pet pals. Videos will also be considered. Some entries may not appear on the site. Reader’s Digest reserves the right to remove content at any time and for any reason. Editors’ decisions on qualifying entries, finalists and the winners are final.
What constitutes a “best pet pal”? “Pet pals” are pets that are friends with each other, their human companions, farm animals, wild animals or any other animal or human. “Best” pet pals are those that are the closest and truest friends. True friendship can cross distance and time—and kingdom and phylum and genus. Sometimes, a wolf pack is just a cat and duckling who like to bathe in the same afternoon sunbeam. Or husky and pug neighbors who love to run a rut alongside the same fence everyday. Or maybe even a fox and a hound who’ve been inseparable since kit and pup! Pets are man’s best friend, certainly, but they also form some unlikely bonds that transcend sense, reason, and even animal nature.
Once the entry period is over, Reader’s Digest editors will select finalists from the qualifying nominees. The finalists and winners will be chosen by Reader’s Digest editors in their sole judgment. The process may include an online vote; if so, the voting terms and conditions will be posted on this site. Reader’s Digest editors will consider a possible voting tally and other factors they deem relevant, including but not limited to the cuteness of the pets, the depth of their friendship and other factors. The finalists will be announced within or about 3 weeks after the end of the entry period, and the winners will be announced within or about 3 weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Any change to the timing of these announcements will be posted here; please check this site for any change.
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Here are some important entry requirements:
Each submission must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. Except as may be prohibited by applicable law, you grant Reader’s Digest and its licensees unrestricted rights to use, publish, adapt, amend, modify, translate, reproduce and distribute your entry worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation, and the right to use your name, your pet’s name, likeness and/or information about you in connection therewith (including for advertising and trade purposes) without compensation or authorization. Your entry may be cropped or edited for brevity and clarity, at the discretion of the editors of Reader’s Digest. All entries and other materials submitted in connection with this promotion may not contain any material that is obscene, defamatory, offensive or otherwise objectionable.
By participating in this promotion, each entrant agrees to fully release, forever discharge and hold harmless Reader’s Digest, its parent and affiliated companies and any promotion partner or agent from and against all claims, costs, liabilities, losses, injuries, and damages arising out of this promotion, including, but not limited to, any claims for personal injury, death or damage to or loss of property or any other harm arising out of entrant’s participation in the promotion, or any travel or activity that is related to the promotion.
Reader’s Digest reserves the right to terminate or modify the promotion at any time for any reason.