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Essay, Photo Contest Winners Announced!

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YOU DECIDE! Six Stores Vie for Annual Award

Once again it's time to decide who will win Born Free USA's annual Compassionate Pet Supply Store of the Year Award! We received scores of nominations and our staff members have whittled the finalists down to six choices: Especially for Pets of Sudbury, MA; H3 Pet Supply of Shelton, CT; Kensington Pet Supply of San Diego, CA; Natural Pet Market of Wheaton, IL; Wholesome Pet Market of Birmingham, AL; and Wag 'n Tails of Coronado, CA. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition, an announcement in local media, and a free advertisement on our Pet Supply Locator. Cast your vote today!

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WINNERS! Keep Wildlife in the Wild Essay Contest

As part of Keep Wildlife in the Wild Month 2012, Born Free USA sponsored its first ever "How I'm Going Wild for Animals This Summer" essay contest for students. James Balderston, 9, of Clarendon Hills, IL, won in the category of ages 10 and younger; Olivia Jo Lyford, 11, of Roseville, CA, won in ages 11 through 14; and Joseph Maa, 15, of Diamond Bar, CA, won in ages 15 through 18. See the winning entries! Each will receive a certificate, organic T-shirt, plush animal of choice (we have seven to choose from), a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, and an "adoption" from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. The prize package is valued at $142!

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MORE WINNERS! Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photos

Minnesotans dominated our second annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest, as Anne Girton of Edina captured first place and Susan Winkelman of Minneapolis was runner-up. For her winning entry, a picture of a cedar waxwing taken June 2, 2012, in Chaska, Girton will receive a Born Free USA merchandise gift basket. Winkelman tells us her fox photo was taken on June 2, 2012, about 20 miles west of Minneapolis. Check out the photos!

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HELP US: Deadline Nears for CLASSY Voting

The fourth annual CLASSY Awards, which honor philanthropic organizations, pits Born Free USA against four other finalists in the Animal Advocacy and Services category. Please help us triumph over our competitors for the top honor, which will be announced Sept. 22 in San Diego. Cast your vote for us (you'll need to scroll down a bit to reach our category, and you need not vote in any other category) by the end of the day Wednesday, July 25 — and be sure to ask your friends and family to do the same!

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ACT: Sign Petition that Seeks to Protect Parrots

One of Born Free USA's Global Field Projects is the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon, which rescues African gray parrots seized by law enforcement during crackdowns on smuggling. In advance of the CITES Standing Committee meeting next week in Geneva, the World Parrot Trust is petitioning committee members to adopt a trade suspension of African grays in Cameroon and Congo. Take a moment to sign the petition today. And please also consider making a donation to our African grays project.

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