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Humane Society of Southern Arizona participating in Petplan’s Tournament of Tails

Newt the Humane Society of Southern Arizona entry. Newt the Humane Society of Southern Arizona entry.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be participating in the 5th annual Tournament of Tails, hosted by Petplan, in hopes of winning a portion of the $10,900 purse. 

“If there’s one thing we know people love, it’s a bracket-style competition in March,” said Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan, in a recent news release.  “Tournament of Tails is our nod to college basketball, but it’s also one of the highlights of our Petplanthropy program each year. We’re proud to rally public support for lifesaving organizations like HSSA, and there’s never been a better time to do it than 2018 – the Year of the Dog!”

According to a HSSAZ news release, the organization is just 1 of 32 vying for the win in this bracket-style online contest, and they will need the public's help in doing so. 

How the contest works is adoptable pets will represent each organization in a daily "nose-to-nose" matchup.  Fans will be able to view the pet's profile and then can vote to decide who moves on to the next round. 

Representing HSSAZ in the competition will be a Newt, a 10-month-old Chihuahua mix.  According to HSSAZ Newt has an autoimmune disease that makes him look a little different from other dogs. 

The Veterinary Dermatologist determined Newt will never be able to have vaccines, or wear a collar or harness, because they will irritate his skin too much. Luckily Newt loves to be held, carried in a purse, and cruise in a doggie stroller. 

The MVP’s (Most Valuable Pet’s) first matchup is Monday, March 12. With enough votes from the community, Newt can compete for the grand prize. The last matchup will take place on Wednesday, April 4, and will determine the champion, whose shelter will be awarded a $5,000 donation from Petplan. 
No matter who comes out on top, every pet is a winner, earning their shelter a monetary prize based on where their tournament run ends: 

  • $100 for Terrific 32 finalists
  • $200 for The Spirited 16 
  • $300 for The Eager 8 
  • $500 for The Final Fur 

“On average it costs us $5 to fill the gas tank in our van that is used for transfers from other at risk shelters in Southern Arizona. This tournament is going to help us make more than one trip and give dozens of animals a second chance at finding a forever home,” said Diana Cannon, Chief Development Officer, in the same news release.
HSSA encourages pet lovers to visit the Tournament of Tails website at to learn more about Newt’s story and to cast their vote.

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