Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill Contest

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2nd Annual Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill Contest

We are thrilled to announce that the 2nd Annual Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill Contest is NOW OPEN!

Parliamentarians, the Parliamentary Press Gallery, staffers, and those with direct ties to the Hill are all invited to submit photos of their beloved pets to compete for the crown of 2024’s Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat or Cutest Other Pet on Parliament Hill. 

Please email us if you have any questions! 


Contest rules 

Parliamentarians, the Parliamentary Press Gallery, staffers, and those with direct ties to the Hill are all invited to submit photos of their beloved pets.

All photos in each of the categories will be reviewed by our esteemed panel of judges, who will narrow down the choices to TEN finalist pets in each category, at which time voting will open to the public.

  • The contest is open to photo entries submitted by:

    • MPs and their Staffers;

    • Senators and their Staffers; and

    • Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery

    • Anyone working on the Hill (lobbyists, staff of government relations firms, etc.)

  • Each submission of a pet photo must include the pet’s name, their owner’s name, and a brief description of what makes them the Cutest Pet on Parliament Hill. 

  • Submissions by Staffers must also indicate whose office they are associated with

  • Photos must have only 1 pet per picture, with no people or other elements identifying whom the pet belongs to in the photo (to make sure that cuteness is the sole criteria used to determine our winners).

  • An aspect of Canada, the Canadian Parliament or Parliament Hill in general should also be included in the picture with the pet.

  • Only 1 entry per pet is allowed.

  • Multiple pets from the same household can be entered into the contest, but each pet must be submitted as a separate entry.

  • Winners from previous years are not eligible

  • All entries must be submitted by: May 3, 2024 23:59 PDT


2023 Winners

Please continue reading to learn about the winners of our first ever Cutest Pets on Parliament Hill contest!

Cutest Dog


Matteo is training to be a therapy dog & hopes to pass his assessments with the Ottawa Humane Society so his human can instruct courses as a volunteer and use that experience with Matteo to visit schools, hospitals, and more.

Seen in his submission photo visiting the Animals in War Memorial in Ottawa, Matteo shares his human’s passion for Law Enforcement, proudly sporting his own tactical harness with his name on the back and a maple leaf beside it!   He also sports a maple leaf flag on the front of all three of his tactical harnesses.

Matteo loves to teach dog etiquette at the park and sometimes will stand up for other dogs & break up fights, so fittingly his harness has a “PAW PATROL” patch to distinguish his service to Canadian pups !!

He is also equipped with his own mini-sidearm and handcuffs to show that he has his use of force training; but because he is a good boy, he can always diffuse a bad situation with his kindness and smile!

Matteo hopes to one day join the Parliamentary Protective Service constabulary with his human as a therapy dog team to conduct official business and provide support to anybody and everybody on the Hill.

Cutest Cat


Shohei Ohtani (a.k.a. “Shohei Meowtani”) is named after the cutest and most talented baseball player in the MLB, objectively speaking.

And while this charming 11-month-old Siberian kitten may not be as talented as his namesake (yet), his cuteness is overwhelming to all who meet him. In terms of looks, the extra tufts of fur on his paws and ears get a lot of attention.


But you might be shocked to know his personality is the best part about him, with a temperament that allows his humans to hold him like a baby and kiss him on the face for an unreasonable length of time

Cutest 'Other' Pet





You could say Petunia is no ordinary chicken. She is the Regal Queen of her flock. Her calm, yet firm temperament is apparent when she makes her appearance outside her castle. She is a Silkie, named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin, appropriate for Queen Petunia.

Not only does Petunia feed Canadians with her delicious farm-fresh eggs, she also provides an endless supply of cuteness with her fluffy wings and impeccable hairstyle. All pets should aspire to be more like Petunia.