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Get Snap Happy During National Pet Month in Celebration of your Pet

In recognition of the role pets play throughout our lives National Pet Month is running a photographic competition calling on pet owners to get snap happy and send in a photograph that captures the special bond between them and their pet. Launching on 03 April, the competition will run until 03 May.

Teaming up with Venture Photography, the UK’s leading contemporary photography company, National Pet Month also wants to hear the story behind this unique friendship, so tell us in up to 100 words, why your pet is truly ‘one of the family’.

Within the competition there is a special category for the over 60s called ‘Friends for Life’ in support of the ‘Pets for Life’ campaign*, led by the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).

Phil Sketchley, Chairman of NPM comments: “Pets play an important role in people's lives providing a constant source of enjoyment, friendship and fun. The competition will give the pet owning public a chance to show and tell the nation what their pet means to them”.

He adds: “Throughout National Pet Month there are lots of other fun and informative events going on all around the country. Have a look on our website to see what’s on in your area and get involved!”

The winner from each category will receive a complimentary photography session and £1000 worth of Venture products. According to Venture Photography, around a third of their clients bring pets along to share their studio experience capturing the unique relationships between pets and their owners.

The runners up from each category will receive a pack of 3 books including The Dog That Saved My Life, Come Back Como and Small Dogs Can Save Your Life.

National Pet Month is now in its 21st year. Running from April 3 to May 3 2010 there will be numerous events the public can get involved in. There’s still time to start planning your own activity now whether it’s to raise funds for your favourite local charity or to draw attention to an aspect of pet care. Or see what’s already on near you - there’s an array of activities from sponsored walks to crafty activities to entirely doggy themed fun days – all helping to highlight animal welfare.

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For media information, images or to speak to a spokesperson about National Pet Month please contact Taz Thornton or Asha Clearwater at Turquoise Tiger on +44 (0)7920 461 044 or email

Please note we have access to a range of spokespeople via our coordinators, sponsors and most animal welfare organisations and charities who get involved with NPM.

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