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Calling All Handymen(and Handywomen), woodworkers, and construction-types!

From: Jeff
Sent on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:18 AM

Dear Friends,

Our humane society is excited to announce our inaugural dog house building contest, called Barkitecture!   Put on your thinking caps and imagine what you could build:  a dog house that looks like a log cabin, a medieval castle or something out of Alice in Wonderland! The possibilities are endless and all the efforts expended will benefit our charity!  The contest is open to all businesses, students, youth and other individuals and the rules are easy and simple to follow.  To enter, please follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Sign up at You can sign up individually or as part of a team of 2-4 people. Each individual or team must submit a non-refundable $25 donation upon registration. The registration deadline is August 1st. Students are exempt from registration fee by following instructions on Eventbrite.

2. Be a 'barkitect'! At a minimum, your creation must have a floor, three walls, roof, and it must be waterproof, but don’t stop there! Unleash your imagination and build a doghouse that best exemplifies your business or your idea of what a dog would want to call home. Design with an award in mind from any one of the following categories: PEOPLE’S CHOICE, MOST UNIQUE, and of course, BEST IN SHOW. Not only will you have fun creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for some lucky pup, you will also be helping our animal rescue groups with much needed housing. All entered doghouses will be used at the group's 47.5-acre no-kill animal sanctuary in Mt. Hermon.

3. Deliver and load in completed doghouse to Lakeside Mall on Sunday, August 10th between 8am-12pm. There is no size restriction, and you may partially deconstruct your doghouse to load in if it cannot fit through Lakeside doors. However, you must completely reconstruct the doghouse on site by 12pm on August 10th. You will also be responsible for disassembling doghouse for transport outside of Lakeside immediately following doghouse judging and announcement of winners onSaturday, August 16th if it exceeds door dimensions. The judging will take place on Saturday, August 16th at noon. A panel of celebrity judges will choose the top dog house for all categories except PEOPLE’S CHOICE. That winner will be determined, of course, by the people! Awards will be given to all winners. 

Your support and participation would be invaluable for our event! In addition to having a great time creating an original doghouse and the possibility of winning a great prize, all participants will receive a substantial amount of visibility due to the high traffic of people the venue attracts on a daily basis and each participant will be given media coverage by prominent local media outlets.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is a private 501c3 animal protection charity founded in New Orleans in 1988. As leaders in the fight against cruelty to animals statewide, we work to prevent animal abuse and neglect in all its forms. We operate an animal sanctuary and offer diverse animal care and protection programs.

Keep up with competition updates by joining our Event at, and learn more about the Humane Society of Louisiana’s work at I’ve also attached a few pictures from similar competitions to help get you started on your creative design!

More details about the ‘Barkitecture Competition’ & accompanying 'Lakeside Mall Strut for Pups' coming soon! Please email [address removed] if you are interested in being a sponsor or have any questions.

We look forward to seeing your doghouse creation. Thanks very much.


Sincerely yours,
Jeff DorsonDirector

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