Tucker County Animal Shelter Competing for a Slam Dunk $5,000 Donation in Petplan’s Tournament of Tails 


Votes from the local community can help push them toward the grand prize

Parsons, WV March 12, 2018 –Tucker County Animal Shelter earned a spot in the fifth annual Tournament of Tails, a bracket-style online contest hosted by Petplan pet insurance. The organization is one of 32 competitors vying for a share of a $10,900 purse — and they need the community to vote to advance them to the finals.

Adoptable pets will represent each competing organization in daily “nose-to-nose” matchups. Fans can view each pet’s picture and story before voting to decide who advances to the next round.

Representing Tucker County Animal Shelter in the tournament will be three year old cat Emma. The MVP’s (Most Valuable Pet’s) first matchup is March 21. With enough votes from the community, Emma can compete for the grand prize. The last matchup — on Wednesday, April 4 — will determine the champion, whose shelter will be awarded a $5,000 donation from Petplan.

No matter who comes out on top, every pet is a winner, earning their shelter a monetary prize based on where their tournament run ends:

●      $100 for Terrific 32 finalists

●      $200 for The Spirited 16

●      $300 for The Eager 8

●      $500 for The Final Fur

“If there’s one thing we know people love, it’s a bracket-style competition in March,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan.  “Tournament of Tails is our nod to college basketball, but it’s also one of the highlights of our Petplanthropy program each year. We’re proud to rally public support for lifesaving organizations like Tucker County Animal Shelter, and there’s never been a better time to do it than 2018 – the Year of the Dog!”

“We are grateful to have Emma included in this year’s tournament.  Our Staffie mix Brutus made it to the third round last year, and more importantly, he found a forever home after being at the shelter for almost two years,” says Shelter Director Cathy Parsons.  “We hope Emma can go further and help us find homes for all the animals in our care while she’s winning.”

Tucker County Animal Shelter encourages pet lovers to visit the Tournament of Tails website at Petplan.com/tournament-of-tails to learn more about Emma’s story and to cast their vote.

Tucker County Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter that provides a warm, safe, and loving environment for unwanted and abandoned pets while trying to find permanent homes for them.  We are located at 586 Brooklyn Heights Road, Parsons, WV 26287.