The World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them. On Friday, a new champion will be named. The contest is a testament to the belief that dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend:
A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans. One of the most popular features of the Contest is the Beauty and the Beast Walk featuring Miss Sonoma County royalty walking adoptable pets from the Sonoma Humane Society.
There’s also a separate online competition that doesn’t determine the actual winner of the title. You can see all these contestents and cast your votes at the link below, but your vote must be in by 10 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) night.