Dogs & Cats from the Archives to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League: The Rules

Ok, in the next posts we’ll be kicking off the first round of the Dogs & Cats from the Archives competition, and I know you’re all champing at the bit (to use a horse metaphor) to start voting, but first let’s go over the rules.

1) While we’re all having fun here, the purpose is to raise money for the good work of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Since the Society of American Archivists is meeting in Cleveland this year, Caryn Radick has spearheaded plans to find ways that the archival community could give back to help local animals in need. This is one of them. So, we ask you to make a donation of at least $1 for every vote you make in this competition. How you do that is up to you, and this is all on the honor system. You can donate $100 and vote 100 times. You can donate $50 and have 50 people in your office vote. You can donate $31 and vote once in each of the brackets over the next few weeks. You can donate at the beginning, and “spend” your votes in the weeks to come, or you can keep track of all your votes and donate appropriately at the end. You can make a donation of an item the shelter needs and then vote according to the dollar value of your gift. Please be honest and generous. We’re trying to help animals and the people who help them. Don’t cheat.

2) There are several ways you can donate:

  • Go to this link on the APL website (“Make a One Time Donation”) and do it online
  • Send the APL a check, made out to Cleveland Animal Protective League or the Cleveland APL, and mail it to: Cleveland Animal Protective League, 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland,  OH  44113
  • Buy something from the APL Amazon wishlist and it will be shipped directly to them
  • Buy something from their wishlist and bring it with you to the SAA meeting in Cleveland. There will be a collection point at the meeting–probably in the registration area–but that will be confirmed closer to the meeting

3) Whenever and however you donate, please contact Caryn ( to let her know what you gave. This is the only way we can keep track of how much money this campaign is raising, and we’d kind of like to be able to know how successful we’ve been, as well as track information that will help us plan for possible ventures in future years. (Your name will be kept confidential, although you’re welcome and encouraged to talk about donating!)

4) This will work in a “March Madness” style bracket system. So we’re starting out with 32 animals–16 cats and 16 dogs competing in 16 brackets. Working up to the start of the SAA meeting we’ll be narrowing it down to 16 animals, then 8, then 4 and then ultimately the final two: top cat vs. top dog. The final battle will take place during the week of the SAA meeting, with the winner announced on Saturday, August 22.

5) You can vote more than once for any animal in any bracket. You will also be able to track how the voting is going over the course of the competition, so if you’re really pulling for one animal, you can keep voting for him or her and try to put your favorite over the top. But remember, if you vote, you should pay up accordingly.

6)You are welcome to help promote this competition to your colleagues, friends, and patrons, but please make it clear that while it looks free to vote (and it technically is), they should make donations accordingly.

7) While SAA is assisting us in promoting this fundraising effort, this is not formally associated with SAA. So if there’s anything you don’t like about it, don’t blame them. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or contact Caryn or me (

Our thanks to Amy Schindler, who also has helped in narrowing down the voluminous and adorable pictures of animals submitted by a wide range of archival institutions.

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