Check out the contestants for this year’s Cutest Pet Contest!
All votes are $1.00, so make your donation in any amount.

It’s really about who raises the most money for the shelter! The top 12 who bring in the most money will be featured in the 2017 Cutest Pet Contest Calendar and will receive a complementary photo session for the calendar.
Be sure to mention the pet’s name, contest number or owner’s name in the paypal notes section when you make your donation through the shelter’s website. A direct link to PayPal is listed at the top and bottom of the photo lineup below.

To vote in person, stop by Annette Barr Photography Studio, 614 Columbus St. in Ottawa, on March 18 from 1 to 7 p.m. or March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Votes must be received by 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th to be included in the contest total.

ALL money donated through voting goes directly to Pet Project!


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Pet Project Inc is an Illinois nonprofit corporation which received IRS recognition of federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1996.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please consult your tax advisor for specific advice on the tax-deductibility of charitable contributions.


$20.00 for 4 photos with Santa – all proceeds benefit Pet Project. Photos will be taken from 9 to 3 at Brothers Country Supply, 339 W Stevenson Rd. in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 13th. Walk ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment at 815-433-6890.

Saturday Nov. 15th from 11 to 3 at PetSmart Peru, 5243 Rt. 251 – Head out to the Peru Petsmart to meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats.You just might meet your next 4 legged family member! Petsmart is a great place for an adoption event. We hope to see you there!


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GET YOUR TICKETS! This will sell out – 20.00, drafts/appetizers while supplies last – wear your fave fashions from 70s/80s and you could win a gift card. Raffle drawings – tickets at Handy Foods, Financial Plus, City Hall. Loads of fun, join us and help support Pet Project!

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YOU CAN DONATE TO CHOPPER’S MEDICAL FUND! Donations can be made via PayPal. Our PayPal id is : or you can use the Donate Now button here on our website. You can mail a donation to : Pet Project Inc, PO Box 163, Ottawa IL 61350. Or you can stop by the Novak-Brainard Vet Clinic, 1100 Ist Ave, Ottawa and make a donation that will be applied directly to our vet bill. Chopper is on the mend and enjoying his new leash on life – he sends you many licks and wags for caring about him.

Shelby T. Pibble
P.O. Box 163
Ottawa, IL 61350
September 14, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you today to respectfully request your help. I am a dog with a dream.
In my youth, I’ve valued fun over education. My neighbors at the shelter would show me the various tricks they learned, but I thought my personality and good looks were enough to get by. But my neighbors keep finding homes, and I’m still at the shelter…2 ½ years later. After much reflection sitting alone in my kennel at night, I realized I needed to get serious about life.
I want to go to college.
I’ve tried to do independent study at the shelter, but it’s difficult to focus with all the distractions here. My friend and mentor at the shelter, Brandon, has arranged for me to attend school at a local training facility. It’s an ongoing basic training/socialization program. It sounds like an exciting challenge, and I can’t wait to get started. Brandon thinks a few sessions in this program will help me achieve my goals and become a dog that some family will love to call their own. I really want a family. Brandon has a lot of faith in me, and I want to prove him right.
But, friends, college is expensive. Like most students, I need financial assistance. It’s my goal to raise $500 for my tuition. This will cover about 6 months of schooling. I hate to ask, but it’s very important to my future. Please consider donating to my college fund. You can send a check to the P.O. Box at the top of this letter or donate via PayPal on the shelter website, Please reference “Shelby’s College Fund” with your donation. Your donation is tax-deductible too!
Thank you,

Shelby T. Pibble
Pet Project Resident