All selfies are popular, but pet selfies are worth money.
At least they were for three Bay County, Michigan middle schoolers, the winners of the Humane Society of Bay County's recent contest.
With the theme, "Be A Hero, Adopt A Pet," the Michigan contest ran from January 11 to February 29. As Karen Irvine, Humane Society Education Program volunteer, explained in an interview with MLive, it served a very important purpose.
"We are trying to get the message out to our youth in the county to be kind and to treat animals humanely," Irvine said.
"We are doing this in fun ways that encourage them to be interested in what the HSBC is doing for the community and to be involved in animal welfare activities."
Contestants were asked to take selfies with their pets and submit them via email. After pictures were screened for appropriateness, parents were contacted for permission to post the photos on the Humane Society's Pelfie Facebook Page.
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Ferguson and her dog Simba, fourteen-year-old Amanda Martin and her cat Sally, and twelve-year-old Pat Ivan and his rabbit Gizmo were the winners. Each received a $100 prize.
In 2015, the Humane Society held a drawing contest for high schoolers, where winners had their drawing displayed on billboards throughout the area and received a cash prize. In 2017, the Humane Society plans to focus its contest on elementary school students.