What’s better than drinking a cold beer on a hot summer day? Nothing, except when there’s a dog and cat’s face on the can.
For the second year in a row, Resurgence Brewing Co. teamed up with Ten Lives Club & the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter to find Buffalo’s Top Dog and Coolest Cat! Western New York pets competed to get the most votes to be named the winners with $1 from every vote benefiting the two animal shelters.
Sven, a service dog from WNY Heroes, last year’s champion, and Jameson, a mostly blind cat adopted from Niagara SPCA, are this year’s winners of the Resurgence to the Rescue Pet Photo Contest and will be featured on the Resurgence summer beer cans.
Sven won the contest with 9,877 votes and Jameson won the contest with 2,700 votes. In total, the community raised $48,185 for Ten Lives Club and the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.
Each pet received a complimentary photo shoot from Tailor Mayde Photography and a personal behind-the-scenes tour of Highmark Stadium thanks to the Buffalo Bills.
Sven’s owner Jason Dent, a combat veteran, says having his service dog on the Resurgence beer can two years in a row has been an amazing experience.
“The Resurgence to the Rescue photo contest has brought awareness to the Pawsitive for Heroes program, and also the relationships that it has built along the way. We have gained many sponsors, veterans inquiring about service dogs, and friends. Helping CBAS and Ten Lives Club hits home as we have an an adopted dog and cat. Our shelter dog is part of the pack and I don’t know what Sven would be like without her, but when we first saw her at the shelter, she was so innocent and scared…she had to come home with us. We also don’t know where we’d be without our cat who was the first of the group. Being able to help raise money for these organizations has been great. Everyone should be able to experience the love a dog or cat can bring. I get to spend every day with my best friend and others should be able to experience that also,” said Dent.
Jameson’s owner Sarah Palkowski says Jameson and his twin brother were surrendered to a shelter and close to being euthanized at 3-weeks-old due to severe health issues when a volunteer and friend stepped in and insisted on fostering and bringing them both back to health. Now the two brothers live with Sarah and are as happy as can be! She is excited to have her perfectly imperfect cat as the face of the Resurgence to the Rescue summer beer can.
“Jameson is an inspiration, even with his disabilities he shows that rescued animals can live their best life with a good home and loving family. Jameson may be imperfect, but his story is more than about animal rescues. No one, animal or human, should be ashamed or judged because of a physical flaw,” said Palkowski.
A launch party to celebrate the release of “Jameson’s Summer Ale” and “Sven’s Session IPA” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at Resurgence Brewing. Enjoy food, drinks, pet related vendors, and more! And if your pet knows how to do a cool trick, Clyde’s Feed, Cellino Plumbing & Eat Rite Foods will be giving away prizes to your pet and donations to Ten Lives Club and City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.
For more information, visit the event on Facebook.