Once you’ve gone to the trouble of dressing your dog up, you might as well enter him or her in the DoggySpace Halloween costume contest.
DoggySpace, a social networking site for dogs, is sponsoring a costume contest to benefit local chapters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA). Dog owners can post pictures at DoggySpace, where site members can vote for their favorite costume.
DoggySpace will donate $6,000 to the winning dog‘s local SPCA chapter.
“Many SPCA‘s are privately funded, which means they are under-funded,” said Levi Thorton, Doggyspace founder. “Prize money from this contest will go directly to a local SPCA to help with the organization‘s mission of raising awareness of animal abuse and promoting programs such as good pet care and spay/neuter awareness initiatives.“
Over 75 SPCA chapters have joined the cause, and more than 2,000 votes have already been cast on photos posted at doggyspace, including this one of Blanco, a Chihuahua dressed as a bumblebee.
Dog lovers have until October 31 to push their favorite costume to the winning spot.
Doggyspace.com is a social network for dog owners, with free membership. Dog owners can create a doggy portfolio, form groups, and post their favorite photos and videos while connecting with other “friends“ in the neighborhood, from the dog park, across the country or in another country.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 17th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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Based in Virginia, it’s another example of the phenomenal growth in social networking sites that target interest groups looking to connect with like-minded people — pretty much the Internet version of butt-sniffing.
“It’s not so much social networking, it’s having a social experience around things that we care about, so pets are just such a great example of that,” Fred Stutzman, an Internet researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says in a recent AP article.
Stutzman said people who use general social networking sites are also signing up for sites like Doggyspace that offer more focused support on specific issues.
In the last month, Doggyspace has attracted more than 3,000 registered users â€” of which nearly 80 percent are female according to Levi Thornton, founder of the Virginia-based company. Thornton predicts that Doggyspace will have racked up more than two million accounts year’s end.