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Show the Whole City of San Antonio How Regal Your Dog Is!
Your canine may be king or queen of your casa, but does he or she have what it takes to become San Antonio’s next top dog? The contest is on for El Rey Fido 2014 to see who will rise above the rest to join the 2014 El Rey Fido Royal Court!
Win a custom sketch by Patrick McDonnell
This year we have an exciting new addition to the El Rey Fido competition. Patrick McDonnell, artist of the world-renowned Mutts comic strip, has offered to draw a custom sketch for the winner of the El Rey Fido contest. As if the royal Grrrobes weren’t reason enough, you are competing for an original sketch of your dog! He or she could fit right in with Earl and Mooch. A raffle will be held in January of 2014 to determine who will be the recipient of a Mutts bonus package. In order to be eligible for that raffle you must have registered your dog for the El Rey Fido competition no later than December 31st 2013.
© 2013 Patrick McDonnell. Used with permission.
How to Win
It’s as simple as this: To become crowned El Rey Fido XII in April 2014, your dog (and you) must collect more money for the orphaned pets of the San Antonio Humane Society than any other canine-and-human pair. El Rey Fido will lead a Royal Court to include the next four top dog fundraisers. El Rey Fido XII and the Court will serve as ambassadors for the San Antonio Humane Society for the following year.
Click here for the contest rules.
- If you want to drop off money raised for your dog here at the SAHS you can do so every day between 12pm - 7pm (starting November 4th).
- The fundraising deadline is March 13, 2014 at 5pm (offline donations need to be at the SAHS by 5pm).
- Winners will be contacted Friday, March 14.
- A required meeting for El Rey Fido, the Royal Court, and all owners will be held Saturday, March 15 at 10am at the SAHS. At this time, proof of rabies vaccination, spay/neuter surgery and city licensing must be supplied.
- Coronation will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10am at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.
- The new El Rey Fido and members of his/her court will be crowned in a royal celebration that is free of charge. It will be open to the public and well-behaved dogs accompanied by their owners. Free self parking; valet is $10.
The next El Rey Fido and Royal Court will participate in the following events:
- Coronation on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10am at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
- Photo session with photographer Renee Spade.
Various media appearances on TV and radio.
(*Time and dates are subject to change.)
Donations are not taxed. Our online donor site called ‘Firstgiving,’ charges the Humane Society 7.5% service and credit card processing fees on every transaction. Donors have the option of covering that fee for us if they select a box to do so. This is not required. If they select the box, the fees will be added to their charged amount. The total amount that the donor is charged will be counted towards their fundraising goal.
*Please refer all questions to San Antonio Humane Society staff at
Special thanks to:
In 1994 McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS which now appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as "one of the best comic strips of all time." McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including awards for its environmental and animal advocacy. The MUTTS cartoons have been published in twenty-two compilation books in the U.S. and in numerous collections throughout the world. Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed features his popular animal shelter-themed strips accompanied by real-life pet adoption stories submitted by readers worldwide. McDonnell's website, muttscomics.com, promotes his animal and earth friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell's concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O'Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with their rescue Jack Russell Terrier, Amelie, and, formerly feral, cat Not Ootie.
Renee Spade Photography
My mission is to spread some serious joy to pet parents everywhere through my specialized pet photography/graphic design services and super-fun pet product line, The Jack & Spade Collection. As one of the premiere pet photographers in Texas, my modern “high fashion” pet images have been featured in San Antonio Magazine, Scene in SA, FHOX Magazine, Sincerely Fido greeting cards, and the Jack & Spade Collection by Renee Spade. I have been so honored to work with the San Antonio Humane Society since 2006 as the official photographer for the El Rey Fido program. Helping promote the humane treatment of animals, responsible pet ownership and animal adoptions are very important to me. Every furry kid should live a spoiled and rich life full of love!
PETS • people • Fine ART • graphic design
C.J. CRUZ, RADIO PERSONALITY
Enormously talented and popular, C.J. currently hosts San Antonio Solutions with CJ Cruz, which airs on 4 San Antonio radio stations. She has received numerous local and nation awards including "Best Over-all D.J. for San Antonio," and she was also a three-time winner of "Best Female D.J. for San Antonio"! She was nominated nationally twice for "Music Director of the year" for Radio and Records Magazine, and named one of the country's top two Rock Music Directors by both Album Network, and FMQB. Hear more about our SAHS shelter pets on her weekly radio show.
Cheryl Trevor is the owner of a dog clothing design business, FURRY TAIL FASHION. Her family has always included dogs, cats and birds. She fondly remembers Duchess, a Basset Hound/Dachshund mix, as a very special family pet they adopted from the SA Humane Society when she was young. Today her family includes two Bichon Frise dogs, Rosette and Cherie, who love to help model the dog clothes she designs. Every year she looks forward to the coronation of El Rey Fido and his/her royal court. And, of course, she loves bejeweling their royal robes to give the winners the sparkle and shine they deserve.
Want to see photos and videos from previous El Rey Fido years? Click here!