AHI Congratulates the winners of the14th Annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest

Thank you to the American Veterinary Medical Association & Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) for serving as Cutest Pets judges.

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Members of Congress, their staff, and committee staff working on Capitol Hill


  • Complete the Cutest Pets Contest entry form
  • Tell us why your pet is a winner
  • Upload one photo of your pet
  • Entry must be submitted by Monday, August 1


  • Only one photo per pet will be considered
  • Multiple pets in one photo will not be considered
  • No people in the photos – pets only!
  • One entry per person


  • Make sure your pet is in focus and is the focal point of the image
  • If you have participated in this contest before, consider taking a new image


  • Each photo submitted by the deadline will be judged by a bipartisan panel.
  • Only the pet’s photo, a registration number, and the pet’s name are visible to the judges.
  • Judges will select the semi-finalists, which will be posted on AHI.org.
  • Judges will then select finalists, which will be subject to public vote.


  • Public voting will be conducted between Wednesday, August 24 & Wednesday, September 14
  • Photos of the finalists in each category (dog, cat, exotic) will be uploaded to AHI.org.
  • The one dog, one cat, and one exotic pet who receive the most votes will be named winners.

Winners announced at Pet Night on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, September 21

By submitting a photo and descriptive information to enter this contest, you grant us permission to post the image, pet’s name, and your description of your pet’s daily dose of cuteness on our website and social media. If your pet is a winner, your name and office will be included in social media and traditional media posts. Images may be edited to fit in promotional material and/or on posters.

For more information, contact AHI at Cutestpets@ahi.org