Tally Top Pet Rules and Regulations

How your pet can grace the cover of Tallahassee Magazine!
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How often can an individual vote? 

Voting is limited to one person per email per round.


Is there a cost?

Yes. For the photo contest beginning September 1 and ending September 20, there is a $10 entry fee to enter your pet, plus $1 per additional vote. All of the money raised in this portion of the event is donated to support Be the Solution’s mission to provide low-cost spray and neuter vouchers throughout the community.


What is the schedule?

The Voting Bracket Periods (from Top 16 to Top Pet) are the following:

September 1–20: Photo contest for the top 16 leaderboard

Voting from Top 16 to Elite 8: December 16–22, 2020

Voting from Elite 8 to Final Fur: January 1–7, 2021 which will decide the top 4

The Final Fur contestants will appear in the Tallahassee Magazine March/April issue 

Final Fur online voting: February 22–March 2, 2021 which will decide the final two contestants. 

Final two voting is March 3–10, 2021 and will decide the Tally Top Pet.

Each voting round runs from midnight EST on the morning of the first day until 5pm EST on the last day. For example, the round of 16 runs in its entirety from midnight EST on the morning of Wednesday, December 16, until 5pm EST on the evening of December 22.

The winner will be featured on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine’s May/June issue.


If my pet makes it to the top 16, what am I required to do in order to enter the bracket voting?

— Your pet will need to be available on Nov. 5 for the photoshoot where we capture an adorable photo of your animal at our Presenting Sponsor’s facility: North Florida Animal Hospital.

It is critical that you are available to bring your pet to the photoshoot. Our photographer will only be capturing photos on that one day. It’s not possible to move on in our bracket without the photo of your pet from our photographer.

— You will need to be available for a phone interview about your pet.


How can my pet win Tally Top Pet?

Like any election, it’s important that you get out to vote! Encourage your friends and family to vote in the above listed rounds.


What will the Tally Top Pet win?

The cover of the Tallahassee Magazine May/June issue as well as select prizes provided by Be The Solution, North Florida Animal Hospital, and select jewelry pieces from Chic Verte!


Can my donations really make a difference? 

Every dollar donated during the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest is used to support Be The Solution in providing low-cost spay and neuter vouchers in our community. Be the Solution has spayed and neutered over 27,000 pets since it was established. More importantly, Animal Shelter intakes decreased dramatically over the past several years. In 2017, the shelter’s pet intake number was 5,386 — a decrease of nearly 5,000 animals since 2009. Euthanasia rates have decreased as well and are about 40% of shelter intakes.

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