Oregon Animal Health Foundation Human-Animal Bond Photo Contest Winner Announced

Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond

This year, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association's booth at the Oregon State Fair celebrated the special relationship between humans and animals, as well as that of animals with each other. The veterinary team is an important part of these relationships.

We are grateful for the support of our 501c3 foundation, the Oregon Animal Health Foundation, towards this year's booth.

The Oregon Animal Health Foundation's Human-Animal Bond Photo Contest was held during this year's Fair, and we received many wonderful and touching entries. We were so pleased and touched to see the depth of the connection between you and your pets and equines.

Grand Prize Winner

The judges have selected Couch Sharing, submitted by Jason Larsen, as the Grand Prize winner. Jason will receive $100 towards his next veterinary visit for Sissy the dog with Dr. Christine Brennan at VCA Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital in Aloha.

Couch Sharing, submitted by Jason Larsen, photo by Erin Coates



About this photo Jason wrote: "Isla Coates (girl), is receiving snuggles from Sissy (dog).  While Sissy's master human was away on vacation, Sissy learned to enjoy relaxing with a child."

We congratulate Jason, as well as all of the entrants!

Honorable Mentions

The judges also wanted to acknowledge these photos with Honorable Mentions.

Family Fun in the Snow, submitted by Gwen Kraft

"My daughters and I with our awesome dog, Conan. We stopped to play in the snow at Santiam Pass and Conan loved the snow!"


My Soul Mate, submitted by Cindy Anderson

"Cindy and Franchesca at her going away party before she died of bone cancer."


Me and My Palomino, submitted by Elizabeth Campbell

"Myself with Montana. I bought him for my 60th birthday present. He is super sweet and very friendly. The best birthday gift ever!"

Public Vote Winner

We also want to acknowledge the photo with the most public votes (votes counted 25% towards the judges' decision).

O'Malley the Cat and Baby Audrey, submitted by Krystal Cooper

"O'Malley the cat and his new baby sister Audrey. Baby Audrey was only 2 months old in this picture. She was taking a nice little nap and O'Malley decided to join her. Audrey is now almost two years old and her and O'Malley are best of friends! She will grow up loving cats as much as her mom!"

All Entries

You can view all of the entries and read their touching stories in this photo album.