This might shock you, but people are very enthusiastic about sharing pictures of their animals on the internet. So when we asked people on social media to send us pics of their pets for a contest in our Pets Issue, they responded. Lots and lots of them responded.

And yes, all of these photos were adorable—even the gerbil. But we didn’t have room to print them all, nor could we name all of them winners. So our crack team of Puppy Bowl junkies put our otherwise useless skills to work, assiduously scrutinizing each and every image for cuteness and composition, until we narrowed it down to twenty finalists, from which we selected three winners based on our proprietary blend of absolutely objective criteria.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Without further ado, here they are: The winners and finalists from our inaugural #INDYPets contest.


Human: Emily Stallings, Durham

Instagram: @mr.darcysheltie

About: Four-year-old Sheltie and flaming Leo. Likes: chasing balls, showcasing his bandana collection. Dislikes: school buses, coffee grinders, sizzling stovetop pans.

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