We invited readers to submit photos and stories about their pets to compete for a three-night stay and dinner at the pet-friendly Adrift Hotel and Spa in Long Beach Washington. We received hundreds of touching funny and dear stories of pets and their devoted ownersthen turned them over to our in-house panel of experts (aka more people who love animals) for judging. The top vote getters are pictured here and you can learn more about them along with several more of our favorites in the slide show at seattlemet.com/pets2014. And to find a pet of your own, here's a guide to shelters and rescues in our area.

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ALSO: 25 Greater Seattle Area Animal Shelters and Pet Adoption Services