The World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest Is Searching for Its Next Star!

PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest Presented the PEDIGREE® brand is back for its fifth year and is celebrating by passing on the "Cutest" crown to another adopted pooch.

Rescue dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages are invited and encouraged to enter the 2022 contest for a chance to win exciting prizes — for the winning pup and their shelter! To enter your adopted canine, upload a photo of your pet to, and tell us how saving a dog has changed your life — and theirs. Don't forget to recognize the shelter or rescue that helped match you with your canine companion in your submission. If your dog wins, their recuse wins too! Submissions are open from June 29 — August 10.

Once submissions close, our editors will select 10 furry finalists. Readers will vote to narrow this list of 10 to a top 3. The grand prize winner will be chosen by the contest's panel of judges: The Talk hosts (and rescue dog owners) Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and Jerry O'Connell, PEOPLE Pets editor Kelli Bender, and PEDIGREE Foundation ambassador Evan Satinoff.

This year's grand prize winner of the World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest will receive:

  • A custom photoshoot
  • A feature in PEOPLE Magazine and on
  • A year's supply of dog food from the PEDIGREE® brand
  • A $1,000 donation to the animal rescue organization of the winner's choice

To give your adopted dog the chance to join past champions like Heaven and Lamb Chop in the World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest winners' circle, enter your pooch now at

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