Top Dog & Top Cat RVA

Top Dog & Top Cat RVA

We’ve Found Our 2020 Top Dog RVA and Our First Top Cat RVA

Congratulations to the winners of our Top Dog and Top Cat RVA Photo Contests. Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing your furry best friends with us. It has been a joy to see the most amazing and photogenic cats and dogs of RVA during these challenging times.

Please click below to see the 2020 TOP DOG AND TOP CAT winners!

Top Dog RVA 2020Top Cat RVA 2020

GRAND PRIZE: The winning dog and the winning cat will each be featured on a full page in our Spring/Summer 2020 Pet Guide.

  • All applicants will receive a mock Top Dog RVA or Top Cat RVA cover of Richmond magazine with their dog’s or cat’s name and image. The cover will be a replica of a Richmond magazine cover including the submitted pet’s photo displayed underneath the Richmond magazine logo.
  • Applicants must be residents of the Richmond metro region.
  • No humans or multiple dogs or cats in the photo.
  • One entry per living dog or cat; one living dog or cat per photo.
  • All contestants will be featured in Richmond magazine’s Top Dog and Top Cat RVA photo gallery on the contest page.
  • Deadline to enter the Top Dog or Top Cat RVA Photo Contest is April 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Online voting will run April 20-May 8, 2020. The Top Dog and Top Cat RVA photo entries will be voted on by the public during the voting period. A winner will be chosen from the popular vote.
  • All entrants will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Richmond magazine valued at $19. (If you are already a subscriber, your subscription will renew at the term of one year at the end of your current subscription.) Complimentary print subscription to Richmond magazine for participants residing in the continental United States only.
  • The fee for each entry is $30. Richmond magazine will donate $5 from each entry to benefit the nonprofit Richmond Animal League (RAL). RAL has been finding homes for homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area and is the area’s oldest no-kill shelter.

About Richmond Animal League
Since 1979, Richmond Animal League (RAL) has been finding homes for homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area. Believing in the no-kill philosophy since the beginning, RAL is the area’s oldest no-kill shelter. Located near Chesterfield Towne Center, the facility can house up to 30 dogs and 60 cats and kittens at any one time. Since the RAL facility opened, they have helped and found homes for thousands of animals. Though there is now a staff of 15 full-time employees, RAL has always been led by a volunteer board dedicated to reducing euthanasia rates in our community. More than 300 active volunteers come to the shelter throughout the week to care for the animals. In 2009, they saw the great need for a low-cost, high-volume spay-neuter clinic south of the James River. And in 2010, an onsite clinic was opened. The Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic provides low-cost services to municipal shelters, rescue groups and private pet owners, as well as free services for feral cats. Free spay and neuter services are available for pet owners who meet low-income guidelines. The clinic is now performing 7,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year.


We are looking for striking images of your dog or cat. Show us how majestic your furry companion can be! We want to see the best capture of your dog or cat in a photograph.

  • Photo entries must be no smaller than 1575 pixels x 2100 pixels, in RGB, .jpg, or .jpeg format. Photos must be high resolution for printing purposes. If you are taking photos with your phone, please be sure to capture your image at the highest possible setting in order to meet resolution criteria.
  • People are NOT allowed in photos. Multiple animals are not allowed in one photo.
  • We strongly recommend that all photo submissions are digital, as printed photos and Polaroids are unlikely to be of high enough quality to be reproduced in the magazine. We cannot accept photos with digital overlays, photo stickers, doodles or any digital effects. Copyrighted photos may only be included with the written permission of the copyright holder.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of Richmond magazine, and you transfer all copyrights in and to such submissions to Richmond magazine, to be used at its discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • Richmond Magazine and its employees and affiliates are not responsible for any injury, damage, or other loss associated with entry or participation in this contest and Participant assumes all such risk for entry and participation.
  • Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • The submission period begins on March 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. EST, and ends April 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • The voting period runs April 20, 2020, through May 8, 2020 (one vote per person per day).
  • Winner will be contacted by phone (first) or email (alternatively) on May 11, 2020. Winner must respond within 24 hours of being contacted. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, Richmond magazine holds the right to select a runner-up.
  • Each entry is $30. Richmond magazine will donate $5 from each entry to benefit the Richmond Animal League. All applicants must be metro Richmond residents.


All submissions must be in JPG or JPEG format, and in doing so, must follow all guidelines. Each submission should represent a living dog or cat. All photos submitted must not contain any logo, or third-party sponsorship. All submissions must ONLY contain the dog/cat and not any other human or animal within the image. Submissions must also not contain any language or images that are in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or otherwise contrary to any law or appear contrary to the spirit of the Contest.

USER: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a Prize, where permitted by law, recipient grants to authorize Richmond magazine and all sponsors the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in all media without limitation at any time the recipient’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification.

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