Did you know that each year Americans vote for their favorite pet? It’s OK. I didn’t either. But to my surprise, this competition is pretty big.

The world’s largest pet competition is open to animals of all species, and one is awarded $10,000 and a spotlight with a two-page feature in InTouch Magazine.

The competition is run by PAWS.org and funds and supports the rehabilitation of animals both in wildlife and in homes.

PAWS has helped rescue over 5,300 so far and will continue to rescue more throughout the year.

So you’re probably wondering whose pet in New Jersey is in the running.

And it’s a good one. It’s none other than Antoinette Olivia, a 9-month emotional support Bengal cat.


She has already beaten 95 other pets and currently resides in second place.

Toni was adopted by her family just this past year and when they heard about the competition they figured her cuteness and unique fur pattern would win her first place.

She is now entering the final round and it is up to us New Jerseyans to support her in the vote.

Voting is super easy and can be done right here.

All you have to do is choose your donation amount, and the more money donated equals more votes.

Each purchase of a vote goes entirely towards PAWS, and helps them continue their mission of giving all species and animals a chance at a better, safer and healthier life.

Vote for Toni and help her family take home first place while giving other animals the opportunity for a better life.

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