Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, a nonprofit organization that helps the Westport Animal Control find homes for pets, is taking submissions for its "Westport's Top Dog for 2012" contest.

Each participant should send a photograph of his or her dog, a short essay no longer than one typed page explaining why his or her dog should be the winner and an entry fee of $10 to WASA, 1 Tower Ridge, Westport, CT 06880. Entrants may also apply at www.westportwasa.org.

Entries must contain your name, email address, home address, phone number and your dog's name and age. Submissions must be received no later than Nov. 7. Funds raised will support its mission to help homeless animals in Fairfield County.

The winning dog will have its photo join the organization's Hall of Fame in Town Hall alongside Otis, the 2010 winner, and Sarah, this year's winner. The top five winners will be featured in a media advertisement placed by the organization.

For information, visit www.westportwasa.org or send an email to wasa1@optonline.net.