Amber’s Grooming Salon is getting in the Halloween spirit this week with its 7th annual Halloween pet photo contest.
Participants have until Friday at 11 a.m. to submit their Halloween or fall-themed photos online. Each entry will then be posted on the Facebook event page, where people have until Saturday at 11 a.m. to vote for their favorite photos with a like.
Salon owner Amber Wright said participants are welcome to share their photos, once they are posted to the event page, to their personal account to get more likes.
The pet photo with the most likes will win a $50 gift certificate to the salon. Everyone who enters will receive a free-with-purchase blueberry facial for their pet, Wright said.
Wright said the contest started the first year she was in business when a client brought in a picture of their dog in a costume next to a pumpkin.
“It kind of gave me this idea to get pictures, because I think they’re really fun to look at,” Wright said. “It was just that one first photo that started the whole photo contest.”
Wright said she mainly received entries from her clients the first few years of the contest, but now receives photos from other community members and entrants as far away as Spokane.
“We want to [get our name out] in a fun way that everybody can enjoy,” head groomer Alix Shackelford said.
The salon has a Halloween photo backdrop where clients can take pictures of their pets after they get groomed, Shackelford said.
Wright said the salon also puts on a similar contest in December for holiday photos. The event page for this next contest will open toward the beginning of December, she said.
“I think it’s really fun to see people sharing it with their friends and getting excited about it,” Wright said. “We really appreciate that [our clients] enjoy doing these kinds of things with us … It makes me feel like we’re a lot more connected than just providing a service.”