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Bideawee Animal Shelter Announces Student Winners of 11th Annual Love Your Pet Art Contest

Bideawee Animal Shelter Announces Student Winners of 11th Annual Love Your Pet Art Contest

This contest is so popular, and this animal shelter so engrained in its community, that more than 200 Long Island and NYC students submitted artwork for consideration.

Bideawee, a leading animal shelter with locations in Manhattan, Wantagh, and Westhampton, just announced the winners of its 11th annual Love Your Pet Art Contest. The contest encourages students in first through 12th grades to submit artwork that expresses their love of pets. Community members vote for their favorites, and the elementary and middle schoolers’ drawings, paintings, and sculptures are displayed at Bideawee’s Art Expo. The contest helps foster a love of animals across Long Island and the five boroughs.

Bideawee, which means “stay awhile” in Scottish, is one of New York’s oldest animal welfare and pet adoption organizations, with locations in Manhattan, Wantagh, and Westhampton. Each year, students from these communities plus towns across Long Island and the five boroughs submit artwork that expresses their love of pets for a chance to win gift cards from retailers including Target, Splish Splash, Tanger Outlets, and Dave & Busters. This year’s contest received more than 200 submissions. The public voted for contestants in each age category, and the winners are:

  • Grades 1-2: Allison Lewis, a second-grader at East Moriches Elementary School
  • Grades 3-4: Andrew Lewis, a fourth-grader at East Moriches Elementary School
  • Grades 5-6: Madison Cohen, sixth-grader at Portledge Middle school
  • Grades 7-8: Joelle Cole, an eighth-grader at Westhampton Beach Middle School
  • Grades 9-12: Stefanie Stypulkowski, an 11th-grader at Center Moriches High School

Joelle Cole and Stefanie Stypulkowski also won for their age groups last year.

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Bideawee’s Art Expo displayed drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more from every first- through eighth-grader who submitted to the contest. High school students submitted photography to be considered in Bideawee’s online contest. The contest’s mission of community involvement is similar to Bideawee’s mission of creating services such as adoption centers, animal hospitals, pet therapy programs and pet memorial parks: to connect pets and pet lovers on their lifelong journeys.

“We’ve been hosting the Love Your Pet Art Contest for eleven years now and we look forward to showcasing the talented artwork and photography of local pet lovers for many more years to come,” said Amy Brostoff, Bideawee’s director of marketing. “We appreciate all the students that participated in the contest this year and the public who voted on the winning artwork and photography.”