Gaitlyn Rae

The votes are officially in! We are proud to announce the first-ever America’s Favorite Pet: Animal Kingdom is…Gaitlyn Rae! This little pint-sized primate is a 10-year-old, fun-loving, and funky capuchin monkey. She can’t get enough of her human family in North Carolina, and she also adores hanging around new people. Everyone goes bananas for Gaitlyn’s sweet personality and cheerful smile. Her favorite thing to do is open up the fridge and reach for the whipped cream.

“We’re so glad to have Gaitlyn recognized and help create further awareness for PAWS,” said Jessica, Gaitlyn’s fur-mama.

As the 2022 America’s Favorite Pet: Animal Kingdom, Gaitlyn Rae will be featured in a 2-page spread in In Touch Magazine and take home $10,000 — which Gaitlyn’s family plans to donate to help animals in need.

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Our Legacy

Animal Kingdom is a new branch of our legacy, America’s Favorite Pet, which will continue to run each spring. To date, we have funded the rescue and rehabilitation of over 5,300 animals by helping PAWS expand their wildlife rehab programs. We remain a faithful advocate for PAWS and are always looking for ways to grow and support this rescue mission.

Lending a Paw

We are thrilled to partner with the PAWS Foundation to join in their mission to help cats, dogs, and wild animals thrive in happy, healthy homes or in their natural habitats. PAWS actively rehabilitates orphaned and injured wildlife, shelters and adopts homeless cats and dogs, and provides education and outreach within the community to promote compassionate action for animals.

2023 Registration for Dogs and Cats

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