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Bladen County Pet Costume Contest Winners

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The Bladen County Animal Control Board is pleased to announce the Christmas Pet Costume Contest winners for Bladen County. The local Board held the fundraiser contest to benefit Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter (Bladen County Animal Control and Shelter), located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. 

Bladen County pet owners contributed photos of their furry friends dressed up for the holidays during November and December for the contest. 

Chairman of the Bladen County Animal Control Board, Mike Jackson, said, “First, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their support with this contest. The sponsors and the community came together to help raise awareness and funds for the Bladen County Animal Control and Shelter.”

Between December 28th and 29th, over 800 votes were cast for the 20 pets featured in the competition. The sponsors donated over $5,000 for the contest. View the pets entered in the contest below.

“The money received will be used efficiently by animal control,” Jackson stated. Rabies vaccines, food, and other supplies are some of the ways donations raised will be spent at the local animal shelter. 

Next week the Board will present the sponsorship collections to the Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter. The contest’s top five winners may pick up their prizes at the Bladen Online office at 1110 South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. The following businesses donated the awards, according to board member Gail Dove: Midyette’s Grooming, Leinwand’s, Sign Logic, OFC Productions, Bladen Builders, Burney’s Sweets & More, Pure Harmony Massage, Fisher’s Women & Men’s Apparel, Sassy Chick Boutique, Lu Mil Vineyard, The Car Wash, and the Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital.

The board members who organized the contest are Kyle Lewis, Gail Dove, Audrea Brisson, Mike Jackson, Sonya K Edge, Eddie Knight, Dr. Sheila Hanby. The sponsors of the contest are as follows:

Gold Sponsors:

Bladen Animal Hospital


Silver Sponsors:

Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve

Barking Lot

Bronze Sponsors:

McDuffie Pest Control

Four County Electric Membership Corporation

Bladen Off Road

Bladen Express Lube & Tire

Hester Tire

Farm Bureau Insurance

Thompson’s Small Engine

Whimsical Gifts

Ellis Robeson Electric, Inc.

Affordable Auto

Dan’s Golf Car and Trailer Sales, LLC

Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC

Johnson Law Firm

Ray’s Inc.

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker

Without further ado, below are the top five contestants who received the most votes.  

First Place Winner, Ruger
2nd Place Winner Ellie
Third Place Winner, Kooper


4th Place Winner, Bella


5th Place Winner, Jasper