UPDATE: Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their cutest pet photos!
We know, we know. Your pet is the cutest. Perhaps this contest should simply be to find the second cutest pet of 2011, since we already know that your pet is #1. In reality though, this is less a competition and more a celebration of all the great pets who brighten our days.
Over the past year, pets have been adored around the world. There's Boo the Dog with his fluffy head and mini-sweaters, the pug who hates the iPhone, the labrador puppies running in slow motion, the dog with the best smile ever and the irresistible litter of 16 Dalmatian pups.
Unfortunately, not all pets are as loved as the ones basking in viral video glory. Millions of stray dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. If you have pets, be sure to spay/neuter them. If you are thinking about getting a pet, consider the long-term responsibility of pet ownership, and explore adoption options with your local shelter, or by visiting Petfinder.com and the ASPCA website.
Check out the photos below to vote for the cutest pet of 2011.