Each year students throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington are invited to create a poster or write a short story portraying part of the Oregon Humane Society's mission.

68th Annual Be Kind to Animals Poster & Story Contest

Teachers, parents, students: it’s time to get creative! Students entering grades 1-8 in the fall of 2016 are invited to use artwork and/or writing skills to illustrate themes of compassion for animals.

Update Dec. 16, 2016: Due to the snowstorm that hit just before the Poster & Story Contest entry deadline, we are extending that deadline to January 3, 2017. Many school districts were closed and we understand that entries were unable to be delivered. We still want to see your entries, so please take this extra time to send them to us—thank you!

Who: Contest is open to all youths entering grades 1-8 in the fall of 2016. Residents of Oregon and Clark County, Washington are invited to enter the 2016-17 OHS Poster & Story Contest, open now through Jan. 3, 2017 (deadline extended!).

What: Enter a poster, a story, or both, in this annual contest! Prizes (shown below) awarded to top finishers in each grade level.

When: The deadline to submit entries is Jan. 3, 2017.

How: There are different themes for each grade level. Students should create their poster or write their story based on the theme for their grade in the fall of 2016. Find entry rules, submission info and see all the themes for this year in our brochure here (PDF) »

Poster & Story Contest Prizes

  • Grand Prize: Laptop
  • Runner Up: $150 Gift Card
  • First Place: $100 Gift Card
  • Second Place: $75 Gift Card
  • Third Place: $50 Gift Card
  • Honorable Mention: $25 Gift Card

All winners also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards celebration.

For More Information

Contact the OHS Education Office at (503) 416-5034 to learn more.

See the 2015-16 Contest Winners

Students Honored for their Love of Animals

Dylan Mead, a seventh grade student at R.A. Brown Middle School in Hillsboro, has won the Grand Prize for best poster in the Oregon Humane Society’s 67th annual Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story Contest. Luke Hessel, a fourth grader at Trillium Creek Primary school in West Linn, received the Grand Prize in the Story category.

OHS announced the winners at a special awards presentation, the “A’Cat’Emy Awards,” held January 31 at OHS. The ceremony highlighted the creative work of students in grades 1-8 who used art and words to craft positive messages about their love for pets. Mead’s artwork illustrated the theme of choosing the right pet, while Hessel’s essay focused on how pets are part of the family.

The poster runner-up award went to Mayu Garner, a fifth grade student at the Springville K-8 School in the Beaverton School District. The runner-up in the story contest was Kentin Hosley, a sixth grade student at the MITCH Charter School in Tualatin.

More than 3,000 entries were received from students in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Youth in grades based their entries on different age-appropriate humane education themes such as: be kind to animals, pets are family members, pets need care and attention and choose the right pet for you. The grand prize winners received a laptop computer. Runners-up received a tablet computer and all winners received gift cards.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners in Grades 1-8! See the complete list »

2016 Grand Prize Winners

Poster Grand Prize

Dylan Mead – Grade 7

Poster Grand Prize Runner-Up

Mayu Garner – Grade 5

Story Grand Prize

Luke Hessel – Grade 4

Story Grand Prize Runner-Up

Kentin Hosley – Grade 6

2016 Gallery of Prize-Winning Posters


Read and View 2016 Story Winners

First Place, Grades 1-2: Ella Hessel, Grade 2 »

Story Grand Prize Winner &
First Place, Grades 3-4: Luke Hessel, Grade 4 »

Story Runner-Up Winner &
First Place, Grades 5-6: Kentin Hosley, Grade 6 »

First Place, Grades 7-8: Hannah Hsieh, Grade 7 »