Share Your Love Story Contest Official Rules 2015

Important: Please read these Official Rules (“Rules”) before entering the Share Your Love Story Contest (the "Contest"). By entering, Contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.



CONTEST PERIOD: Entry begins  February 4, 2015, 12:00:00 am Mountain Time (MT) and ends  on February 15, 2015  at 11:59:59 pm MT 

ELIGIBILITY:  The Promotion is open only to residents currently residing in the United States (including DC), Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least eighteen (18) years of age (or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence) as of the date of their entry.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, take the following steps during the Entry period:  

•      First, write a brief  story about why you love your cat or dog.

•      Second take a high-quality photo of your cat or dog.

•      Third, follow the instructions on the Share Your Story page on the PetSmart Charities web site to post your story. Use the following URL:

•      Only submissions posted during the contest period will be eligible to win.

•      See below for photo guidelines.

POSTING PHOTOS:  Contest Entry will be reviewed by Sponsor or Sponsor's designated Contest administrator ("Administrator"), and may be removed if deemed inappropriate.

CONTEST JUDGING AND WINNER SELECTION:  Between the close of the Entry Period and  February 18, 2015 a panel of qualified judges comprised of representatives of the Sponsor and Prize Provider at their sole discretion (together, the "Judges") will evaluate and score all eligible entries submitted during the Contest Period. Judges will select one (1) Potential Winner from all eligible entries, based on the following judging criteria:

  • Message quality and originality: 30 points
  • Photo quality and originality: 30 points
  • Heartwarming story: 40 points 

Sponsor will make up to two (2) attempts within three (3) business days to contact the Potential Winner by sending an email to the email address provided during the submission process. If any Potential Winner does not meet the eligibility criteria or fails to respond to notification attempts with required information, that entry will be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner will be selected.  All decisions of Sponsor relating to the Contest are final.  Potential Grand Prize winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility for verification purposes or Liability/Publicity Release (TN residents need not sign publicity release) or a declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release (for a Canadian winner) within five (5) business days.  The Winner of the Cat category will be  announced on February 19, 2015  and the Winner of the Dog category will be  announced on February 20, 2015.

PRIZES: There will be two Grand Prizes awarded, one for a dog winner, and one for a cat winner.  The Dog Prize Winner will receive a gift basket of Valentine themed dog toys and treats and the Cat Prize Winner will receive a gift basket of Valentine-themed cat toys and treats. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Prize is $100.00 USD. Prizes are provided by PetSmart, Inc.

PHOTO CRITERIA:  Photo submissions must include a dog or a cat. You may provide multiple photos with your submission. See PetSmart Charities Facebook page for examples of our photography style. You may also choose to submit a video of your cat or dog, but it is not required.      

Any photo will be disqualified that contains material that, in the sole discretion of Sponsor:

  • Communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate. Examples include, pets in unsafe situations, or entries that promote bigotry or discrimination.
  • Disparages any person, company, or products.
  • Violates or infringes upon the copyrights, trademarks, or privacy, property, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity not affiliated with this Contest.
  • Contains any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses.
  • Promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing).

By submitting an entry, you hereby consent to PetSmart Charities’ and PetSmart’s use of the entry in their internal communications and publications, in social media and other marketing platforms.  You also confirm that any people and/or the owners of any animals who are featured in the photograph(s) gave permission for you to take the image(s) and do not object to your, or PetSmart Charities’ and PetSmart’s use of the same for commercial purposes.  

GENERAL CONDITIONS:  Sponsor is entitled to interpret these rules as needed, and the decision of Sponsor is final.  If any portion of the Prize is not available, Sponsor will award a prize, or portion thereof, of equal or greater value.  

GENERAL LIABILITY: Participants agree that the Sponsor (a) shall not be responsible or liable for, and you hereby release the Sponsor from, any claims, losses, damages or injuries of any kind (including death, to persons, property and/or pet(s)) resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use/misuse or inability to use a prize; and (b) to the maximum extent permitted by law, have not made any warranty, condition, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to a prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. The Sponsor shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity that may be caused or contributed to (a) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of their agents, servants, employees or independent contractors; (b) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of the Sponsor, or (c) by any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of the Sponsor, including postal service delays. Failure of Sponsor to enforce any provision herein shall not be deemed a waiver of such. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Rules for clarification and/or administration purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.   The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for computer problems that make it difficult or impossible for you to enter the Contest, or to respond to notifications. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, suspend, modify or amend this Contest, in its entirety or in part, for any reason, including should virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it suspects to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest. If any part of these Rules is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and these Rules shall continue in effect.

 DISPUTES: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules or the rights and obligations of participants or Sponsor in connection with the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona in the United States, without regard to conflict or choice of law provisions, or international treaties or conventions. Participants specifically agree to the venue and jurisdiction being exclusively in the federal and state courts situated in Maricopa County in the State of Arizona, United States.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2015 by PetSmart Charities.  All rights reserved.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of the Contest is PetSmart Charities, Inc., 19601 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027 with a website at   PetSmart Charities is a registered trademark of PetSmart.  .