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Rescue Dog Is Elected Mayor of Colorado Town

Rescue Dog Is Elected Mayor of Colorado Town

It was a tight mayoral race. Just a few weeks ago, Buster the Cat, was in the lead by 300 votes. But at the 11th hour, supporters of Pa Kettle, the Search and Rescue Bloodhound, pulled out all the stops and the dog with the soulful eyes swooped into first place, thus claiming the prestigious title, Mayor of Divide, Colorado.

Other contenders in the race included a hedgehog, a wolf, a donkey and numerous other cats and dogs. All together there were 11 candidates. To see all of the candidates click here.

Pa Kettle, the bloodhound succeeds Walter, a three-legged cat, and will hold his mayoral post for two years. He started his term on April 8th.

This wild and wacky mayoral race is actually part of a creative fundraiser hosted by the Teller Regional Animal Shelter. The Shelter holds a “special election” every other year to find shelter animals forever homes while also raising money. This year, the election brought in $12,000 for the shelter. The Teller Regional Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter and greatly depends on the funds generated by this mayoral race to fulfill their mission.

In this special election, cash unabashedly equals votes. One dollar buys you one vote, and voters can vote as many times as they want and for as many candidates as they see fit. (Incidentally, that doesn’t make this spoof election all that different from real elections thanks to the recent landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court.) Unlike other elections, however, all the votes are tax-deductible since 100% of the proceeds go to the shelter.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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9:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2015

Very creative. Kudos for thinking outside the box.

8:35AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

This is a very fun fundraiser and political stand... hahahaha! Good luck to all the shelters!

8:27AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

4:13AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Thank you

8:33AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Finally some candidates that would be better in office than the human "real" ones.

1:50PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Sounds like the town NEEDED rescuing.

3:18PM PDT on May 14, 2014

Great idea.

1:40PM PDT on May 4, 2014

What a cool idea!

4:17AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Good fun and a good idea for raising money. We all should do it for a giggle and being serious at the same time for a good cause.

2:45PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014


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