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State Agriculture Department Conducting Dog License Poster Contest

In an effort to promote the importance of having families license their dogs, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is conducting a poster contest for elementary students, centering on the “License Your Dog. It’s His Ticket Home” theme.

The underlying purpose of this contest is to educate students and their families about the necessity of obtaining a license for their pet. Licensing a dog helps to: safeguard the community, minimize health risks, and create a way to return the dog to his/her owner.

The contest is open to all children throughout the Commonwealth enrolled in grades one through six. The artwork has to reflect the theme of the “License Your Dog. It’s His Ticket Home” campaign. The theme and website address must appear on the poster.

Other guidelines for the contest are as follows:

  • The posters must be created by the student and can utilize a combination of mediums and art elements, such as pencil, crayon, paint, acrylics and watercolor. (Digital images and collages are not allowed.)
  • The works should be 11” x 17” poster size and the entries must be vertically oriented.
  • Original art must be submitted.
  • A completed poster submission form must be taped to the back of the poster.

Prizes will be awarded in three divisions: first and second grades, third and fourth grades, and fifth and sixth grades. Each division will have a first, second and third prize, with the grand prize being selected from the first place division winners.

Each division winner poster will receive a $15 cash prize and be placed on a page in the 2014 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book. The Secretary of Agriculture and a State Dog Warden will present the grand prize winner with a $20 cash prize and unveil the winning poster at the student’s school.

The grand prize poster becomes the property of the Department of Agriculture and will be used for Dog Law Enforcement Office displays and on the website. It will also serve as the cover page of the 2014 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book.

The poster contest is conducted annually in March, which is Dog Law License Awareness Month.

All dogs three months and older must have a current dog license. The “dog tag” is a furry friend’s ticket back home. Locally, dog licenses are available through the County’s Treasurer’s Office.

For an entry form and further information on the contest, visit either the County’s website or

The entry deadline is Tuesday, April 30.

Art work should be mailed to: Department of Agriculture, Press Office, Room 210, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Questions can be directed to or by calling 717-787-3062.
Winners will be notified/announced by May 20-24, 2013.