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YapStar Pet Contest

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Win a Pet Portrait and a Pet Friendly Holiday

YapStar Pet Contest Rules

1.    Who is eligible to enter the YapStar Pet Contest?

2.    What are the rules for voting?

3.    What are the rules for Social Activity Award Points?

4.    What are the policies regarding photos I upload to YapStar?

5.    How are winners selected?

6.    How often can I win?

7.    What are the rules for Midwest Airlines round trip airfare prize?

8.    How are the winners notified?

9.    How does YapStar use my email address?

10.    What are the tax consequences to winning the YapStar Contest Prizes?

11.    Promotion Release

12.  Disclaimer

13.  Indemnification


  • Who is eligible to enter the YapStar Pet Contest?
The YapStar Pet Contest is open to all cats and dogs. Employees and family members of YapStar and YapStar's sponsors can enter their pets into the contest but are not eligible to win any of the prizes. Only dogs and cats that are living are eligible to win the contest prizes.
In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the e-mail address at the time of entry. For these purposes, the authorized holder is the natural person who is assigned to the submitted e-mail address by an Internet access or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
  • What are the rules for voting?
Your pet can receive one vote per person per day so encourage your friends and family to come back every day to vote for your pet.
Repeat votes daily from the same email address will not be accepted by our website. Similarly, repeat votes from different email addresses owned by the same person are not allowed and no proxy voting is allowed. [You cannot vote with your friend's email addresses]. You may not vote from your private profile page for your own pet more than 1 time a day [you must be logged in to view this page]. We are very serious about our users voting only once a day for each unique pet. We have voting tools to view voting behavior and you will be disqualified and your pet will be removed from the contest after one warning if you or your friends use more than one email address to vote or if you vote more than 1 time daily for your own pet from your private profile page. So please do not vote with more than one email address and make sure you tell your friends and family about these rules.
One warning will be given and all "bad" votes will be removed after this warning. All votes removed are at YapStar's discretion and this is a final decision. No further warning will be given if voting irregularities continue. Your pet will be removed from YapStar.
During the voting period, votes generated by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded. Any attempt to circumvent these contest rules is grounds for disqualification from receiving contest prizes.
  • What are the rules for Social Activity Award Points?
YapStar Social Activity Awards Program allows users to earn points towards winning the YapStar Pet Contest. 1 Award Point equals 1 Vote. The activities that garner Points are: Joining YapStar Plus, writing a review for a pet product or pet business, receiving a compliment, fans that join your fan club, adding favorites, posting PetTalk questions or responses, uploading videos, sharing a pet business or pet product with a friend, inviting friends, and sending E-Cards to friends and family.
All reviews and pet talk questions and responses must be valid posts and reviews. If it is clear that these reviews and posts are done only to earn points and are not valid reviews or posts, these points will be removed from the user's dashboard at YapStar's discrection and the user will be notified. If this behavior continues, the user will be removed from YapStar.
By using the YapStar Site and engaging in the YapStar Contest and Social Activity Awards Program, you agree to the following rules.
  • Award Points are non-transferable and are void if transferred.
  • Award Points will terminate immediately in the event that User's account is terminated for any reason.
  • Users that refer other users to YapStar, or share business and products with their friends will be credited points immediately. However, such points will be removed if the email address has been found to be inactive or is a fraudulent email address. YapStar reserves the right to remove the user from the site immediately when messages are sent to fraudulent email addresses.
  • By using or accessing YapStar and specifically the Social Activities Award Program, you represent, warrant and agree that you will not send spam or any other unauthorized advertisements or solicitations through or using the YapStar Site.
  • User agrees to provide only true and accurate information to YapStar (including email addresses sent from our site) at all times.
  • User agrees to post valid business and product reviews.
  • User agrees to post valid PetTalk Questions and Responses.
  • User agrees not to abuse YapStar privileges by conduct which is detrimental to the interests of, including attempting to earn Points in a manner inconsistent with the rules of YapStar or attempting to earn Points through other than valid YapStar operations.
  • YapStar reserves the right to terminate, at YapStar's sole discretion, any YapStar User if YapStar believes such User has violated or acted inconsistently with the rules of YapStar or the intent of this Agreement. User understands and agrees that termination of membership will result in User's inability to participate in the YapStar Pet Contest. User understands and agrees that termination of membership will result in the cancellation of all of User's Award Points.
  • YapStar shall be the sole determiner in cases of suspected abuse, fraud, or violation of its rules. Any decision it makes relating to termination of membership (including cancellation of Award Points) shall be final and binding.
  • YapStar reserves the right to adjust your Award Point balance when abuse of the system or when fraudulent emails are sent. YapStar is the sole determiner of Award Point balance and any decision YapStar makes shall be final and binding.
  • 1 Award Point is equal to 1 Vote in the YapStar Pet Contest.
  • Points have no cash value.
  • Award Points per Social Activity are subject to change at any time.
  • Award Points will revert to 0 at the end of each contest.
  • What are the policies regarding photos I upload to YapStar?
When you enter a pet onto YapStar, your photo must be an original. You must be the sole owner. Your photo must not invade the right of any individual or infringe on any trademark or copyright. YapStar will resize your photos as appropriate to fit the site design.
YapStar reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any photographs. No inappropriate, indecent or obscene photographs may be submitted to YapStar for entry into the Contest or submitted for display on the YapStar Website. Visitors to YapStar may notify YapStar of any photographs or captions that appear to violate these Official Rules. YapStar will use its best efforts to exclude any such photographs or captions; however, YapStar is not a publisher of the photographs; it is merely providing a forum for the display of these photographs for voting and entertainment purposes and, therefore, YapStar expressly disclaims any and all liability associated with the display of any of the photographs on the YapStar Website.
  • How are winners selected?
Winners will be selected based upon public online voting and Social Activity. The pet that receives the most votes during the term of the contest will be deemed the YapStar and receive the first place prize. One first place winner will be chosen. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place prizes will be awarded to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest vote getters. Votes will also be awarded for Social Activity. Each user has an Award Dashboard where they can view their Social Acitivity and votes awarded. One award point equals one vote. Monthly prizes will also be given to the highest vote-getter during each month of the contest. If there is a tie, the user with the highest cummulative stats for Compliments, Fans, Reviews, Videos, Pet Photos, and Favorites will be awarded the highest ranking and the other pet will move down to the next ranking. (Cummulative Stats is defined as the total number of Reviews, Compliments, Fans, Videos, Pet Photos and Favorites)
Your pet can receive one vote per person per day. A vote means a vote cast on the YapStar site by a unique voter. A unique voter is an individual person who has registered on YapStar as a voter and confirmed their registration by clicking on the email sent to them at the email address they used to vote. A unique voter may vote from only one email address. Repeat votes from different email addresses owned by the same person are not allowed. Proxy voting with family and friend's email addresses is not allowed. A unique voter may vote no more than once each day for each unique pet, so that in a 30 day calendar month, a unique voter may cast no more than 30 votes for any single pet. If YapStar determines, in its sole discretion, that an abuse of the "unique voter" rule has occurred, YapStar may disqualify votes cast by voters or contestants and/or your pet may be removed from the contest. During the voting period, votes generated by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded. Any attempt to circumvent these contest rules is grounds for disqualification from receiving contest prizes.
  • How often can I win?
The first place winner (crowned the YapStar) cannot win this title more than once a year nor can a monthly winner win more than once during the term of each contest. You can however win the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place prizes throughout the year. If you have won first place twice during a period of 12 months, you will automatically be awarded the 2nd place prize (for your 2nd contest) and the 2nd place winner will be moved to first place. Additionally, if you are a monthly winner during the term of each contest, the 2nd place winner will automatically be moved to first place if you win subsequent months.
  • What are the rules for Midwest Airlines round trip airfare prize?
Rules for flight :: Promotional travel seat availability is limited and may not be available on certain dates and flights. Additionally, this authorization is subject to holiday and peak travel time restrictions. Restricted dates include, but may not be limited to:
Once ticketed, your travel itinerary may not be changed. Travel from origin to final destination must take place on the same day. Midwest Miles are not earned on these flight segments.
Please follow these simple steps to book your travel:
1. Refer to for our most current schedule of destinations and flight times. Make note of your desired itinerary, including alternate travel dates and times.
For best results, book early (up to 331 days in advance for most destinations) and plan your travel for off-peak days and times (between Monday noon and Friday noon).
2. Call the Midwest Airlines Specialty Travel Desk at 414-570-3625 (or 800-331-3063 outside the Milwaukee area) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Central time Monday through Friday. Indicate you would like to book seats in "S" class. The representative will confirm whether seats are available on your desired itinerary, and provide you with a confirmation/record locator. Write down this number, along with the names of the passenger. Note: This step must be completed at least six weeks prior to travel.
3. After completing step 2, please make a copy for your records, then mail this original letter to:

Midwest Airlines
Attn.: Specialty Travel Desk
6744 South Howell Avenue, HQ-12
Oak Creek, WI 53154-1402
This letter must arrive at above address no later than two weeks after reservation has been made or your reservation will be canceled.
Passengers are required to pay a security fee of $5-10 per person. Additionally, on trips to Toronto, passengers are responsible for all Canadian tax fees. These fees may be paid by credit card during the booking process (step 2 above), or you may include a money order or cashiers check when mailing this letter to us (step 3 above). Ticketing cannot be completed without payment of this fee.
  • How are the winners notified?
Winners will be notified no later than 15 days after the end of the contest at the email address used to register your pet. Return of prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of a substitute winner.
Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsors reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for payment of any taxes on prizes.
Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned within ten (10) days of date of YapStar postmark. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release within ten (10) days, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner. Except where prohibited and/or limited by the Children's Online Privacy & Protection Act of 1998, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner's irrevocable consent to the publication of his or her name, and pet's photograph in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation, or further compensation. Prizes not claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of the Sponsor.
  • How does YapStar use my email address?
When you register on YapStar, we collect your email address. Your email address will never be rented, shared or sold to anyone.
By registering on YapStar you will be emailed Contest Updates, YapStar Newsletter and emails informing you of communication from other YapStars. Users who no longer wish to receive emails from other users or the YapStar Newsletter may opt-out of receiving these communications on their account page or by following the instructions contained in the email. However, as a YapStar member you will still receive site and contest related information.
You can choose to enter a friend's first name and email address so that we can send them your pet's Voting Postcard for voting purposes. We do not send contest updates or Newsletters to your friends unless they request us to. Additionally they are never rented, shared or sold to anyone.
In order to vote for a pet, you must fill in your email address. This is used to ensure that each pet only receives one vote per day from each email address. The rule is one vote per day per person. We do not send contest updates or Newsletters to voters unless they request us to. Additionally they are never rented, shared or sold to anyone.
  • What are the tax consequences to winning the YapStar Contest Prizes?
Federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the Winner. The determination of liability for any federal, state and/or local taxes that may arise out of the entrant's participation in the Contest (including the entrant's receipt of any prizes), and the payment of any such tax liability, shall be the sole responsibility of the entrant.
  • Promotion Release
By registering your pet and participating in the Contest, entrant, irrevocably transfers, grants and assigns to YapStar, its Sponsors and its respective successors, assigns, and licensees, the right worldwide and in perpetuity, to use the name, likeness, image and photographs, including any reproductions of same, in any and all media including, without limitation, use on the YapStar Website in connection with the Contest or other promotions, for any advertising or promotional purposes without additional compensation, and releases YapStar, its Sponsors and any entity acting on behalf of YapStar from any liability with respect thereto.
  • Disclaimer
By entering, participants acknowledge and agree that YapStar, and its respective Sponsors, and advertising, production, and promotional agencies, and the officers, employees, agents and representatives of each (collectively, the Contest Entities), will not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from the acceptance/possession/use and/or misuse of prize(s), prize-related travel, participation in the Contest, tampering or other unauthorized human or technical intervention, typographical, printing, mailing or distribution errors, or any malfunctions of any telephone or computer network, computer Internet system, web site, computer equipment, software, or any combination thereof, or for any entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, forged, illegible, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. Contest Entities are not responsible or liable for any injury or damage to any participant's or third person's computer and/or its contents, related to or resulting from the Contest, including, without limitation, injury or damage caused by computer viruses or bugs.
YapStar reserves the right to terminate, suspend or modify the Contest if, at its sole discretion, if it determines that for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, or fraud, technical or human errors, printing, or distribution errors, or any other unanticipated causes or occurrences, have compromised the fairness or integrity of the Contest. In the event the Contest is terminated prior to the stated end date, YapStar reserves the right to award all prizes in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received as of the date of termination.
Our contests are void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing that they reside in a state that prohibits photo contests and are subject to any local, state or national laws. YapStar accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.
  • Indemnification
You agree to release, indemnify and hold YapStar, its Sponsors and affiliates, and each of their respective members, officers, directors, employees, agents, co-branders and/or other partners, harmless from and against any and all claims, expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and settlement costs), damages, suits, costs, demands and/or judgments whatsoever, made by any third party due to or arising out of: (a) your use of the Promotions and/or the Website; (b) your breach of this Agreement; and/or (c) your violation of any rights of another individual and/or entity. The provisions of this paragraph are for the benefit of YapStar, its Sponsors and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, licensors, suppliers and/or attorneys. Each of these individuals and entities shall have the right to assert and enforce these provisions directly against you on its own behalf.