Grand Prize Winner: Ranger

Cutest Pet Contest




Ranger and owner Douglas Davidson are from Montauk.

It was no easy task to pick the finalists of our Cutest Pet Contest. But going through the submissions of over 200 pets truly melted our hearts. All pets are cute, and we thank each and every pet owner who participated — from the pet parent of Priscilla the Cow to Georgia the Bulldog (aka @georgiathebulldogstyle on Instagram), who sent clips from her segment on “Live with Kelly & Michael.” In The Independent’s Cutest Pet Contest, everyone is a winner, and that’s why we’ve included all of the submissions in our Cutest Pet section.

It was so wonderful to see how many of the pets had been adopted from local animal shelters. Owners proudly stated in many of the submissions which foundation their pet had been rescued from. We are so lucky on the East End to have so many animal shelters — Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, North Fork Animal Welfare League — giving FURever homes to animals in need. We are lucky to have a community that cares so deeply for animals.

The winners of each of our Cutest Pet categories will be presented awards at ARF’s Alumni Reunion/Pet Celebration Day on Saturday, May 4.

And the winner is . . . Ranger! For our overall winner, Ranger received the most votes from the Indy Staff. Ranger’s photos were professional and really showed his personality. Ranger, an Australian Shepherd from Montauk, was submitted by owner Douglas Davidson, and was born on January 23. Ranger was named after Davidson’s 1974 Ford Ranger. Davidson said he’s the “cutest, friendliest puppy around. Everyone loves him.”

Our Cutest Dog prize went to Biscuit from Amagansett. The Cutest Cat was Mischief from East Hampton. For the award for Cutest Outfit/Accessories, we had a tie. The prize was split between Banksy of Montauk and Blanco of East Hampton.

Our Cutest Duo went to Lucky and Maisie of Barnes Landing and our Cutest Rabbit prize went to Mopsy of Hampton Bays.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Jessica Mackin-Cipro
Executive Editor, The Independent

Read more or see all the winners here.