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Pet Idol Official Contest Rules


No purchase necessary. Entry and voting forms available at the Quad-City Times front counter weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.



Photo entries will be accepted September 21 – October 9. All photos must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009. Complete the entry form and mail with a recent photo along with a $10 donation to the Quad-City Times’ Newspaper in Education (NIE) program, Attn: NIE Pet Idol, 500 E 3rd Street, Davenport IA 52801 or drop off at the Quad-City Times front counter weekdays between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Donations can be made by cash, check, money order or debit/credit card. Please make checks payable to NIE. All photos will be published in a special tabloid section on Sunday, October 11. B/W or color photos accepted. Photos will be published with pet’s name. Photos must be at least 3” x 5”. All photos must be of high quality (240 res.) Pet owner’s name and phone number must be included with all entries as well as written on the back of each photo.


Submitting this information serves as a release for the Quad-City Times to use your pet’s name and photo in the Quad-City Times, both in print and online. Copyrighted photos must be accompanied by a photographer’s release. Only one entry per pet, multiple pets may be submitted in the same photo. Entries with incomplete or illegible information will not be accepted. All entries become the property of the Quad-City Times and absolutely no photos will be returned.



The contest will consist of 4 rounds with the fourth round announcing the top twelve pets. All contestants will be included in the first round. Each consecutive round will eliminate one-half of the remaining contestants. Lowest number of votes will be eliminated until the final round. The top 12 contestants receiving the most votes in the final round will be announced Pet Idol winners.


Beginning October 12, anyone can vote for a favorite pet with a 25-cent donation to NIE or at no charge. Each 25-cent donations counts as one vote. Each person can send cash, check, money order or complete debit/credit card information with the voting form. Donation voting may be completed online at with a debit/credit card and a minimum donation of $5.00 (20 votes).


If you choose not to donate to NIE, you may submit an original voting ballot form found in the Quad-City Times. Each original voting ballot counts as one vote. One free vote per form; one form per person per day. Photo copies will not be accepted.


Voting Schedule ~ deadline is 3:00 pm last day of each round

First Round – October 12 to October 23  / First round winners published October 25

Second Round – October 26 to November 6 / Second round winners published November 8

Third Round – November 9 to November 20 / Third round winners published November 22

Fourth Round – November 23 to December 4 / Final winners published December 6

Pet Idol Prizes

  • Top 12 contestants will be professionally photographed and featured in the 2010 Pet Idol calendar.


Top 12 contestants must participate in a photo session with assigned photographer in order to produce a professional quality photo to be placed in the calendar. You must be available between December 7 and December 16 for the photo session. Photographer will contact you about setting up a time and location. The Quad-City Times will choose photos used and the calendar month assigned.


The Quad-City Times reserves the right to make all final decisions concerning administration, procedures and eligibility.


Rules are subject to change. In the event the Quad-City Times becomes aware of any attempt to subvert the general intent of the contest or it’s rules, the company reserves the right to protect itself, its advertisers and customers from those persons who would act to change the intent of the program to it’s own benefit.


Ties will be determined by random drawing.


Quad-City Times and Lee Enterprise employees and their family members may enter a photo of their pet to publish in the tabloid, but are not eligible to win.


All proceeds from the Pet Idol contest will benefit the Newspapers in Education (NIE) program. Learn more about NIE by contacting Leah McElmeel, NIE Coordinator at

563-383-2480 or

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