Animal associations

Pets can compete to become Greensburg’s first Animal Ambassador

Greensburg community leaders have a new pet project underway.

They’re looking for the perfect pet to be the city’s first designated pet ambassador. The featured pet will be selected this month in a contest that includes online and in-person segments.

The winning pet and owner will be invited to represent Greensburg at parades and other community events over the next 12 months. They will also receive prizes including a basket of pet-related goodies, an engraved silver charm, a pet ambassador bandana that the pet can wear in public appearances, and a photo of the pet wearing the bandana.

The pet contest is a joint effort of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation, the Greensburg Business and Professional Association, and pet supply store Petagogy, supported by sponsorships from the Downtown Greensburg Project and companies such as Fotorecord Print Center.

The contest was designed, in part, as an appropriate activity to tie into the theme of the extended shopping night on the third Thursday of this month: Dog Days of Summer, August 18.

But the contest is not limited to dogs. It is open to any local pet that meets the guidelines.

“People also love their cats and other pets,” said Elsie R. Lampl, local attorney and co-owner of Petagogy. “We’ll see what we get in terms of candidates.”

John Stafford, acting executive director of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation, expects the Dog Days promotion to attract “a large community of residents eager to incorporate their pets into their downtown summer activities.”

Pet Ambassador nominees and their owners must reside in ZIP Code 15601 and must be present for a final round of public voting Aug. 18 in downtown Greensburg.

Owners can enter their pet in the contest through August 13 by visiting the Greensburg Business and Professional Association website at shopgreensburgpa.com and clicking on “Promotions.” Free entry.

A committee of members to be determined will review the participants and select 10 finalists.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 18, during the third Thursday event, pet finalists will be onsite at designated downtown businesses, where the public can meet them and vote for a favorite contestant. Each vote will cost $1, with proceeds going to local animal rescue organization Wayward Whiskers and the Humane Society of Westmoreland County.

The winning pet will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on August 25 at the monthly Greensburg Project Night Market in downtown Greensburg along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .