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How to Enter Pat's Prized Pets Challenge

News4's Pat Collins has ditched the snow stick and is filling the "dog days of summer" with something extra special.

Starting Monday, July 15, NBC4 viewers in the D.C. area can show off their furry friends in Pat's Prized Pets Challenge for a chance to win the Pat's Prized Pet Bowl.

The contest comes ahead of NBC4's Clear the Shelters campaign, which helps pets in animal shelters and rescue centers find their forever homes. With this year's pet adoption initiative happening Aug. 17, it's a great time to show the community just how fun pets can be.

For this challenge, all you have to do is show us your pet's best trick. To submit, tag @nbcwashington and use the hashtag #PatsPrizedPets on social media, or send them to us at

Remember: You should never put any animal in danger, and no filters are allowed. Participants have one week to submit entries. 

The top four finalists will be announced Monday, July 22, during the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows. The winner will be announced during the 4 p.m. show on Tuesday, July 23.

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