About Be the Solution

Be The Solution, Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007. Their mission is to educate Tallahassee area residents about the need for spay and neuter surgeries and to give financial assistance to residents who otherwise cannot afford the surgery to prevent pet overpopulation and ultimately euthanasia.

Be The Solution was founded by Gerry and Tim Phipps due to their concern about the growing pet overpopulation problem in Tallahassee. They were constantly finding stray animals wherever they went and would either keep them as their own pets or find a home for them. Gerry then had the thought that: “If more people would get their pets fixed we could stop the problem from the start by reducing the number of unwanted litters born in our community”. The Phipps share the belief that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

About the Contest

Who can enter?

Any living pet in Tallahassee or a 40-mile radius.

What is the cost of participating?

$10 per entry. You may begin uploading photos as soon as Sept. 1, 2020.

What is the cost to vote?

Votes are $1. Votes will be accepted from September 1 and ending September 20, there is a $10 entry fee to enter your pet, plus $1 per additional vote. All of the money raised in this portion of the event is donated to support Be the Solution’s mission to provide low-cost spray and neuter vouchers throughout the community.

How often can an individual vote?

Each person can vote as many times as they’d like.

What is the schedule?

The Submissions and Voting Periods begin on Sept. 1, 2020, at 12:00 AM EST and end on Sept. 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. The top 16 pets will move forward to the next step.

The Voting Bracket Periods (from Top 16 to Top Pet) is the following:

  • Voting from Top 16 to Elite 8: Dec. 16-22, 20220
  • Voting from Elite 8 to Final Fur: Jan. 1-7, 2021 (decides the top 4)
  • The Final Fur contestants will appear in the Tallahassee Magazine March/April 2021 issue
  • Final Fur online voting: Feb. 22 – Mar. 2, 2021 Will decide the final two
  • Final two voting is March 3 – 10, 2021 and will decide the Tally Top Pet.
  • Top Pet will be featured on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine May/June 2021 issue
How can my pet win Tally Top Pet?

Like any election, it’s important that you get out to vote! Voting is $1 per vote, so encourage your friends and family to vote often.

The top 16 will be invited to an exclusive interview on November 5th, 2020 at North Florida Animal Hospital to make it to the next round!

If your pet makes it to the Top 16, both you and your pet must be available on November 5, 2020.

What will the Tally Top Pet win?

The winning pet will be featured on the cover of the Tallahassee Magazine May/June 2021 issue as well as receive select prizes provided by Be The Solution and North Florida Animal Hospital.

Can my photos have more than one pet in them?

Only one pet per entry may be entered in the contest and named the winner so please only include one pet per photo. If you would like to enter more than one pet for a chance to win, then each pet must be entered individually.

Can my photos have humans in them?

Of course! We love to take photos with our pets and we’re sure you do, too, so go ahead and join in on the fun.

If my pet makes it to the top 16, what am I required to do in order to enter the bracket voting?

Your pet will need to be available on Nov. 5 for the photoshoot where we capture an adorable photo of your animal at our Presenting Sponsor’s facility: North Florida Animal Hospital.

It is critical that you are available to bring your pet to the photoshoot. Our photographer will only be capturing photos on that one day. It’s not possible to move on in our bracket without the photo of your pet from our photographer.

Can a $10 entry fee really make a difference?

Every dollar raised by the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest is used to support Be The Solution in providing low cost spay and neuter vouchers in our community. Be the Solution has spayed and neutered over 33,000 pets since it was established. This has had a dramatic impact on our local animal shelter. In 2019, the shelter’s pet intake number was 4,929 —  less than half the amount of the shelter’s intakes in 2009. Euthanasia rates have decreased as well. In 2019, the shelter euthanized 23% of shelter intakes – compared to in 2009 when the shelter euthanized 56% of intakes.

About Our Contest Partner and Sponsor

Since 1979, the award-winning Tallahassee Magazine has been capturing the essence of Florida’s vibrant capital to share with readers. Features, quick-read and department stories are provocative, in tune with the area and its people and are chock-full of useful information highlighting life, style, culture and food. Whether the story is about a local controversy, arts and culture, travel, an interesting personality or local lore, it will be on point and well written.

North Florida Animal Hospital is committed to quality care that is consistent among the doctors, specialists and other dedicated employees so they may enhance the overall quality of your pet’s life. They look forward to many years of providing you and your pets the best veterinary care.

Official Rules & Guidelines


The Tally Top Pet Photo Contest (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.Entrants/winners must be 18 to participate. Entrants/winners under the age of 18 must have permission of a parent or legal guardian.

The contest is sponsored by Be The Solution, Inc. Learn more about Be The Solution, Inc. at BeTheSolution.us

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein. Tallahassee Magazine’s Official Rules can be found here.

The Submissions and Voting Period begins on Sept. 1, 2020 and ends on September 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for the Final 16. The Submission Period and the Voting Period combined constitute the Contest Period. Entries that are submitted before or after the Submission Period will be disqualified. Click here to view the full voting schedule.

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our contest page and following the directions provided to complete the entry information, and submit. Submissions are accepted during the Submission Period only. A $10 donation is required to enter your pet in the contest which also counts as your pet’s first ten votes. Only pictures of dogs, cats, horses and critters may be submitted to their respective category.

Contest photos can be of just your pet and may also contain humans. Photos should contain only one animal as only one animal per entry may be entered in the contest and named the winner. If you would like to enter more than one pet for a chance to win, then each pet must be entered individually.

Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. All submitted photos are subject to review by Be The Solution, Inc, (BTS) for inappropriate/offensive content. Inappropriate/offensive entries will not be permitted in the contest. Entry donations are non-refundable.

Each $1 donation counts as 1 vote. We encourage you to share your contest page link with family and friends through email and social media encouraging them to vote for your favorite contestant’s photo. 

Entries and donations must be made via the online contest page. Donations for this online contest that are submitted via other means (snail mail, in-person or main website donation page) will be accepted as donations but not applied toward the contest. Contest payments online are through a secure site.

All donations are non-refundable. Be The Solution, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation may make you eligible for a tax deduction.

A detailed list of prizes can be found at: TallyTopPet.com/Prizes. In accepting a prize, the winner acknowledges Be The Solution, Inc. may not be held liable for any loss, damage or injury associated with accepting or using prize(s).

If your pet made it to the Top 16 Leaderboard, you will be contacted by a Tallahassee Magazine staff member beginning September 23, 2020. You and your pet must be available for the photoshoot on November 5, 2020.

Entrants’ name and email address may be only be shared with Tallahassee Magazine.

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d)application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. All images submitted to the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest become the property of Be The Solution. By entering the contest participants agree that Be The Solution may use photographs for any lawful purpose, including examples, publicity, marketing, merchandise, advertising and web content. Entrants grant BTS unlimited, non-exclusive rights to the submitted photograph and video for all purposes without further compensation.

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Florida. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Florida.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Every dollar raised by the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest is used to support Be The Solution in providing low cost spay and neuter vouchers in our community. Be the Solution has spayed and neutered over 35,000 pets since 2007, which has had a dramatic impact on our local animal shelter. In 2009, the animal shelter’s total pet intake was 10,537 with a 57% euthanasia rate.  Ten years later, in 2019, total shelter intakes were 4,929 with a 23% euthanasia rate. Clearly spay and neuter prevention helped to reduce shelter intakes by 53% and reduce the euthanasia rate by 40%.

Help us continue our spay and neuter preventive work by showing your support when you enter the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest.

  • 2007 - 540 Surgeries
  • 2008 - 704 Surgeries
  • 2009 - 717 Surgeries
  • 2010 - 845 Surgeries
  • 2011 - 994 Surgeries
  • 2012 - 1,793 Surgeries
  • 2013 - 2,851 Surgeries
  • 2014 - 3,209 Surgeries
  • 2015 - 3,407 Surgeries
  • 2016 - 3,403 Surgeries
  • 2017 - 3,829 Surgeries
  • 2018 - 4,689 Surgeries
  • 2019 - 6,072 Surgeries

Get in Touch

Have questions? Want to learn more about how we're ending pet overpopulation by helping people spay and neuter their pets? Have an idea of how we can get the word out? We'd love to connect.

Be The Solution, Inc.

(850) 545-2043

1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3-306
Tallahassee, Florida 32312