Date: Tuesday 20 May 2014
Staffordshire Bull terrier William has been named the overall winner of our hugely-popular Pets Make A Home nationwide photography competition.
Kirstie Buckle’s dog William gained an incredible 11,477 public votes via social networking sites as part of our competition, which invited pet owners to submit pictures of their animal looking its most ‘at home’.
Kirstie (25) has won £1,000 after entering a photo of William relaxing at her home in Diss, Norfolk. She will spend the winnings on an operation William needs to try to correct his elbow displasia.
Kirstie, who runs Little Angels Staffie Rescue in Diss, says: “I’m so pleased that William has won. This means so much to us because it enables us to pay for William’s operation. We have been fundraising, but winning the cash prize means we can free up those funds for other projects.
“William is a real baby and he loves to play and run around, which he can’t really do at the moment. He is going to have a long road to recovery but this operation will make the world of difference to him.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for him – he’s a bit of a local celebrity now!”
The Pets Make A Home competition was launched on 31st March to coincide with National Pet Month and ran until 5th May. During that time, 8,918 photographs were entered into the contest and 162,620 votes were cast for people’s favourite pet picture.
As well as the £1,000 cash prize for the overall winner, a daily pet-related prize was awarded for the photo that earned the highest number of votes each day, ranging from personalised cat or dog bowls to a professional sketch of their pet.
Karen Bremner, Head of Marketing for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We’ve been delighted with the popularity of the competition and I’d like to congratulate Kirstie – and, of course, William – on winning our grand prize by securing a massive 11,477 votes for her fantastic photo.”
The pet photographs entered in the competition are still available to view at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/pets. Helpful tips and advice on moving house with a dog or a cat can also be found by visiting the website and watching one of two special videos.