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 November 1, 2019.

What is the cost to vote?

Votes are $1. Votes will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM (EST) until Nov. 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM (EST). Votes may be applied to one entry or spread over several entries. The proceeds benefit Be the Solution’s mission to pay for spaying and neutering of animals.

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 November 1, 2019, at 12:00 AM EST and end on November 13th, 2019 at 11:59 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: 1/6-10
  • Voting from Elite 8 to Final Fur: 1/13-17 (decides the top 4)
  • The Final Fur contestants will appear in the Tallahassee Magazine March/April issue
  • Final Fur online voting: Feb. 26 – Mar. 4 Will decide the final two
  • Final two voting is March 4 – 11 and will decide the Tally Top Pet.
  • Top Pet will be featured on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine May/June issue

The Submission period and the Voting period combined will result in the Top 16, who will be invited to an exclusive interview and photoshoot at North Florida Animal Hospital. Entries that are submitted before or after the Submission Period will be disqualified.

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 from November 1st – 13th.

The top 16 will be invited to an exclusive interview on December 4th, 2019 at North Florida Animal Hospital to make it to the next round!

If your pet makes it to the Top 16, you must be available on December 4, 2019.

What will the Tally Top Pet win?

The 2020 Tally Top Pet will be featured on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine May/June 2020!

Additional prizes will be also provided by Be The Solution and North Florida Animal Hospital and include items for your pet and it’s owner including an amazing piece of jewelry from Tallahassee’s own Chic Verte!

Can my photos have more than one pet in them?

Yes, photos may contain more than one pet, but only one pet 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.

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.

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 30,000 pets since it was established. This has had a dramatic impact on our local animal shelter. In 2018, the shelter’s pet intake number was 5,225 — nearly half the amount of the shelter’s intakes in 2009. Euthanasia rates have decreased as well. In 2018, the shelter euthanized 24% 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

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ELIGIBILITY
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.

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

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES
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.

CONTEST PERIOD
The Submissions Period begins on February 5, 2019 and ends on February 26th, 2019 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and the Voting Period begins on February 19, 2019 and ends February 26th, 2019 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. 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.

HOW TO ENTER
Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website (www.gogophotocontest.com/TallyTopPet) 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 may contain more than one animal, but 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.

VOTING
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.

PRIZES
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).

WINNER NOTIFICATION
Winners will be notified by phone no later than February 27, 2019, 5:00 pm by email or phone. Winners will be posted on the BTS Facebook page and Tally Top Pet web page on or about February 27, 2019. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner among remaining eligible entries.

PRIVACY
Under no circumstances will entrants’ name, email address, mailing address or other identifying information be shared, sold or exchanged except as otherwise noted in official rules.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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.

RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
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.

DISPUTES
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 30,000 pets since it was established. This has had a dramatic impact on our local animal shelter. In 2018, the shelter’s pet intake number was 5,225 — nearly half the amount of the shelter's intakes in 2009. Euthanasia rates have decreased as well. In 2018, the shelter euthanized 24% of shelter intakes - compared to in 2009 when the shelter euthanized 56% of intakes.

Help us to continue to help to make a difference by reducing the number of unwanted pets by showing your support with a donation to Be the Solution.

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

PHONE:
(850) 545-2043

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