Bismarck’s Top Dog Photo Contest

Bismarcks’s Top Dog Photo Contest is a contest that brings awareness and fundraising to a local animal non-profit. This contest also give dog parents a chance to create archival quality portraits of their fur babies while supporting a great cause. Some amazing local businesses came together with ADP to donate prizes, sponsor the calendars and help support the chosen non-profit, Kitty City.

Since we are supporting Kitty City this year, we have decided to include cats into this years contest and calendar!

To participate, submit your favorite recent photo of your dog or cat to by May 21st. Please read contest rules here before sending photo. Dog & cat parents will be offered a complimentary portrait session for their pet and can then submit the best photo into the contest.

A popular vote will be held on Facebook, where everyone can share their photo and allow their friends to vote. The top dogs and cats from the popular vote will receive prizes from our local sponsors. The top 6 dogs and 6 cats from the popular vote will receive a photo session for their pet, an archival print, and will be our models for the 2024 calendar with full proceeds being donated to Kitty City.

Calendars can be purchased after August 1st at the following locations.
• Nutrishop
• Cardens Custom Framing
• KT Animal Supply

Our chosen Non-Profit

Kitty City, established in 2016,  is a free roam, cage free, self contained safe haven for disabled and FIV+ cats. Kitty City also traps and places healthy cats in permanent homes through adoption. The disabled and FIV+ cats at the Kitty City sanctuary are permanent residents, located in Mandan, ND. The Kitty City organization is funded strictly through donations and has no paid employees. They rely on your donations, volunteers and fosters.

Kitty City also operates a pet food pantry for those experiencing temporary hardships. We currently have 3 small curbside pantries located in Bismarck/Mandan area. 

Kitty City is an addition to the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue. Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue was founded by Steve and Alison Smith in 2007. Triple H not only takes in miniature equine, but full size equine, donkeys, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits and ducks. The rescue/sanctuary for many, is a last stop last chance scenario. Many of the animals would have been euthanized or abandoned if there had not been a safe place for them to go. We provide end of life care and a place to retire.

The Local Businesses Who Make it all Possible

Our calendar sponsors

These are the amazing businesses who came together to purchase the calendars.

Image Printing

Image Printing, Inc. is committed to providing the very best in service. From premedia and design to finishing and mailing, our staff is second to none in service and professionalism. Image Printing assures our customers that we will provide excellent service by friendly and knowledgeable professionals on every project. We know the importance of having a printing partner that understands you and your business, which is why our staff is committed to developing a lasting partnership with you. Please contact us to see how we can serve your organization today.




Under new ownership but still locally owned and operated. Nutrishop is now owned by Talyn & Kryssy Johnson, Talyn is native to Bismarck and moved back in October to take over ownership. Talyn lives and breathes the fitness lifestyle. When he isn’t working he’s working out or helping others with workout/meal plans through his personal training program. He also competitively bodybuilds in his free time and is very dedicated to achieving his goals. Nutrishop is your one stop shop for all things fitness, sports, health & wellness related. We can assist in weight loss, muscle building, endurance, sports nutrition, general health, vitamin & supplementation, women’s health, protein, pre-workout, repair & recovery products and we offer free meal plans. We are always looking to see new faces so come on in and take a look around. If you have any questions, we are more than willing to help!

218 W Front Ave Bismarck



Kayla K Grooming

One on One, Loving, Personalized, Academy Trained Grooming. I am locally owned and operated.  I have been grooming for over 10+ years. The pets in my care are always treated like my very own. I am always looking to add new pet members to my Kayla K Grooming  family.

Iron & Oak Designs

Locally owned and operated Iron & Oak Designs, LLC is a Bismarck based company specializing in home remodel and new construction projects big and small. Dustin and Ashley Eastgate live in Bismarck with their 2 boys, Eli & Isaac, and 3 dogs, Jace, Oakleigh and Willow. Dustin runs the business, and Ashley runs their household. 

Dustin works one on one with his clients to make their new build or remodel projects run smoothly. He takes pride in his company and helps the customers dream become a reality.



Oxbow Iron Gym

The newest gym in the Bismarck/Mandan community! At Oxbow Iron Gym, we believe in only the highest standards of physical fitness training. We want to create a motivational atmosphere and establish a community of like-minded people who love training hard. We pride ourselves in having clean, well-maintained equipment. Oxbow is a gym in the Bismarck community with an atmosphere that not only is exciting to be a part of, but also pushes you to work harder. A place that offers a positive, safe, learning environment. Get in touch with owner Tyler Mack for more information on how to join or to tour the gym!

808 E Front ave



Our contest sponsors

These are the amazing businesses who donated prizes and gift certificates to our top winning dogs.

KT Animal Supply

KT animal supply started out in 1993 at our previous location south of the Amvets here in Bismarck, ND. We’ve since grown and had to move to our current location at 1606 East Main Avenue also in Bismarck. We carry all the top brands of pet food, as well as just about anything you can think of for your pet.

You will find a fun, clean, friendly atmosphere for all of your animal supply needs!


NovaBean PetCare

New to Bismarck/Mandan but I started this business officially 6 years ago while living in Fargo. It started off small, mainly just my neighborhood but within a year it bloomed into something bigger than I ever imagined. I have always had a passion for animals ever since I can remember. NBPC offers detail-oriented pet care that is provided within your own home so your pets can remain as comfortable as possible while not disturbing their routines. I also have extensive experience from working in Veterinary Medicine with providing care for “medical needs pets” including administering various medications and managing Diabetic pets. Your pets get treated as if they were my own and you will get numerous updates to ease any anxiety you may have while being away from them.



Carden Custom Framing

For 30 years, Carden Custom Framing has remained the #1 establishment when it comes to preserving what matters to you.


Sophie’s Barkery

I am a full time pet sitter, owner of Sit-Stay-Play Pet Care LLC. I started making doggy birthday cakes for my clients 8 years ago. In the last four years I’ve added delicious dog treats and  pupcakes. Everything is made from my home kitchen. My treats are made with minimal organic ingredients, but they are big on flavor. I’ve named this after my own sweet Boston Terrier Sophie. All items are tested and approved by her. 

(701) 527-4490


Here are some of the adorable dogs you will be voting on. Voting will take place on Facebook from May 22rd – June 5th.


• Names of you and your dog(s) or cat(s) must be included when you send your photo.
• One photo entry per household. You may enter your pets together as a pair or set, but they must be in one photo together and willing to pose together if they win.
• Dog or cat must be friendly, shy is okay too as long as it isn’t agressive if we try to get close.
• Winners must contact ADP by June 12th to schedule their session, session must take place by July 16th
• Winning cats can be photographed inside their home if they can’t go outside. Home must be smoke free and clean for us to set up.
• Prizes from our sponsors will be given after the photo session, if you fail to schedule your session by June 12th we will give your spot along with the prizes to the next one in line.
• You cannot use Facebook pages or groups meant to get lots of likes. If we see you have shared to one of those “get likes” pages or groups your entry will be disqualified. You can share it to any local page or group, or with family and friends.
• Past winning dogs cannot be entered again, but a past winning person can enter a different dog.