Show Us Your Pet to Win Tickets to Dearborn's Cool Cat Casino!

Upload a photo of your pet and we'll choose one winner to head to the Feb. 16 Dearborn Animal Shelter event for free.

On Feb. 16, those looking to test their luck can gamble for a good, local cause—and one person can attend with a guest for free!

The annual Cool Cat Casino Night, run by Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, returns to Dearborn Feb. 16—and we're giving away a pair of tickets.

The event includes chances to win cash payouts playing classics like Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Black Jack, and Let It Ride, plus an open bar, buffet, live entertainment and door prizes. This year, the event will be Hawaiian-themed, and will include a taco bar donated by the Dearborn Heights Del Taco.

Want to go without buying a $30 ticket? Enter our Cool Cat Casino contest between Jan. 28-Feb. 4 for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Here's how:

  • Upload a photo of your pet by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button on this page. Yes, the event is cat-themed, but we'll take dog, hamster, pot-bellied pig, parakeet and even snake photos, too.
  • Tell us about your beloved furry (or scaled) friend in the caption.
  • We'll pick one winner on Feb. 4, who will receive two tickets to the Cool Cat Casino at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the O'Kelly Banquet Hall in Dearborn. Tickets can be picked up at will-call at the event.

Even if you don't win the prize, you can buy tickets for this adults-only event for $30 in advance at the Dearborn Animal Shelter or online, or for $35 at the door.

OK, now for the rules:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, upload a photo of your pet
  • All entries must be received by noon on Monday, Feb. 4 Eastern Time.
  • You may enter once.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
  • One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive two tickets to the Cool Cat Casino Night. Approximate Retail Value: $70. Transportation to/from the event NOT included in the prize and will be the responsibility of the winner. 
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

If you are unsure how to add a photo, here are some basic tips. But be sure to come back and to add your photo to the gallery on this contest page.

Colette Richards January 28, 2013 at 02:44 PM
uploaded! What a fun idea!!
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Cute animal photos are a win for everyone who clicks on this gallery, whether you get the tickets or not. And yes, that is my orange ball of fur, Krueger. Thanks for sharing!
Colette Richards January 28, 2013 at 05:23 PM
adorable Jessica!! Even my son said, Ohhhh cute kitty!!! LOL I just snapped that pic of Felix Saturday I think. So, I was very happy to share it with you! :)
Lori Ceresia January 28, 2013 at 08:55 PM
What an adorable idea! It's nice to see each others family members <3
Rebecca Johnson January 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I just love my big pups! Both are "pound puppies" from Michigan-based rescue organizations.
AndreaVH January 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Uploaded! But I understand you can enter only once but what if you have 2 cats?
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 01:38 AM
You are welcome to upload pictures of ALL of your pets! But yes, each Patch user can only enter once. As an owner of a dog and two cats, I understand the dilemma - how do you pick a favorite? Please feel free to share them all! These photos are SO cute.
Linda Scharf Brazier January 30, 2013 at 08:19 AM
I posted to pics and I do nto see them and I didnt get chance to write about the 2 photos help........One is our new puppy rescue from the detroit humane society ..and the other pic is 5 out of our 7 cats in their carriers on the way to the vet for their check-ups--- we rescued 7 cats ......5 of them from Dearborn animal shelter in the pass 6 yrs now ...what do we do to get our pics to post and out statements ?
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 04:35 PM
When you upload photos, it should take you to a page where you can edit the captions. If you're not seeing that page, they likely didn't post. Can you try one more time, Linda? It looks like nothing came through from my end.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Check out Donna Bruce's dog in the gallery, everyone. He is cracking me up!
Sandy January 31, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Was fun uploading my kitty's belly pic. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I always do. She's a 10 yr old Goof who was abandoned in a Walmart parking lot, in 15 degree temps and was found already frozen stiff. Thawed her out and have loved her even since! (Who says Walmart doesn't have all you need?) *winks*
AndreaVH January 31, 2013 at 07:59 PM
cool pic of her belly! Glad you saved her she is beautiful! Saw this and then I had to include a belly pic of my Lily.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Thank you for sharing, Sandy! My first cat, AJ, came from the Dearborn Animal Shelter six years ago. Krueger - the orange guy in the photo - was handed over by a friend of a friend who didn't want him (I did!). Alfie is our most recent addition - a one-year-old Affenpinscher adopted from the Toledo Humane Society six months ago. Please, everyone, feel free to share your pet "love stories!" We love to hear them.
Millie February 04, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Can't seem to find the place to upload.
City of Dearborn (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Hi Millie - I'm sorry that I'm just seeing this now! Are you browsing Patch from your phone? Our traditional "upload" button doesn't show up on our mobile site, so that could be the problem.
City of Dearborn (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Thank you, everyone, for entering! We'll contact the winner shortly.
Colette Richards February 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
who won Jessica???
Jilly Drzinski February 05, 2013 at 09:12 PM
so who won?
Ali D February 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM
It would be nice if you would post the winner -- that is the point of these contests, right???
City of Dearborn (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I apologize - I must have missed these comments! We posted a separate story about the winner, but I should have let you know here as well: Patch user Courtne Sadler. Here's the article: http://patch.com/A-1CcB


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