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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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Good idea but I hope he's not "re-pup-lican".

Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

Very creative. Kudos for thinking outside the box.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

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

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

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

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

Sounds like the town NEEDED rescuing.

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly3 years ago

Great idea.

Erika M.
Erika M3 years ago

What a cool idea!

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M3 years ago

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.