World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest

World's Cutest Rescue Dog

Meet Our Judges

Kimberly Spina

Kimberly Spina is the President of PEDIGREE Foundation – a 501c3 grant making organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find their forever homes. She has a huge passion for pets, people and the planet and has dedicated her career to fulfill that passion. She currently works for an organization called as a program manager for Rescue Rebuild, a shelter renovation program that recruits volunteers from all over the country to help shelters in need. When Kimberly is not traveling for work, she enjoys traveling for fun! Having been to all 7 continents, Kimberly loves to see the world. She has a love for both dogs and cats, both of which she has at home. If she isn’t traveling, you can find her hiking with her pup!

Kimberly Spina with dog
Lara Spencer
Lara Spencer

Lara Spencer was named co-anchor of “Good Morning America” in 2011. She also created, executive produced and hosted HGTV’s Emmy® Award-winning “Flea Market Flip” which ran for 13 seasons.

Spencer has written two New York Times Bestselling books: “I Brake for Yard Sales” and “Flea Market Fabulous.” She is the mother to Duff and Kate as well as three rescue dogs Riva, Coco and Dandy.

Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope is a Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter who has recently released her highly-anticipated second solo album, STAGES, featuring his singles "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had A Heart." From fronting rock band, Hey Monday, to winning Season 3 of "The Voice" and releasing her #1 debut album Frame By Frame, Cassadee has effortlessly re-arranged the lines of Country and Pop. She has experienced tremendous success throughout her career, with Platinum-selling single, "Wasting All These Tears," being awarded with "Breakthrough Video of the Year" at the 2014 CMT Music Awards and her #1 hit "Think of You" with Chris Young receiving a 2017 Grammy nomination for "Best Country Duo/Group." Cassadee has toured extensively, joining legendary artists Tim McGraw and Dierks Bently, playing London's iconic O2 Arena during C2C: Country to Country Festival, and earning the distinction of the only Country artist to perform at 2018's Warped Tour. Cassadee performed "If My Heart Had A Heart" on the TODAY show, and toured with Maren Morris on her GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR. Cassadee continued to tour throughout the spring of 2019 as the headliner of the "2019 CMT Next Women of Country Tour," which brought the franchise outside of the U.S. for the first time ever. For more information about Cassadee, visit

Cassadee Pope
Kelli Bender
Kelli Bender

Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor at and People Magazine. She started writing about animals in college, and even wrote her thesis paper on how cat videos shaped the Internet. Kelli is dedicated to helping shelter pets through her work and outside of the office. She is a regular volunteer at New York City animal shelters and always encourages her family and friends to adopt their pets. Kelli is also the proud mom of a rescue pet: her sweet-yet-feisty feline named Wallace.

Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba is a dancer, choreographer, producer and television personality. She serves as host of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts, alongside Eve, Sharon Osbourne, Marie Osmond and Sheryl Underwood.

Inaba has served as a judge on ABC’s award-winning competition series “Dancing with the Stars” for all 28 seasons, since its debut in 2005. As an original judge, she has appeared in every episode to date. Later, she was featured in a spinoff series with fellow judge, Bruno Tonioli, titled “Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.”

Inaba began her television career in 1990 when she landed her first major role on “In Living Color,” becoming one of the first Asian Americans to perform contemporary dance on national television as one of the Fly Girls. Also, she was a featured solo dancer during Madonna’s “The Girlie Show World Tour” in 1993. The multifaceted Inaba began performing professionally at age 18 when she moved to Japan where she released three singles as a recording artist.

Behind the camera, Inaba has choreographed and staged performances for “American Idol,” “American Juniors,” “Dance Fever,” “TV Land Awards,” “Kids’ Choice Awards,” “American Music Awards” and “Miss America” pageants, which she hosted last year. Her additional hosting credits include Game Show Network’s “1 VS. 100” and TV Guide Network’s live red carpet coverage at award shows, as well as “Fashion Wrap.” Inaba has been a recurring guest co-host on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” filling in more than any other talent, with almost 30 appearances to date. Also, she appeared on the big screen in “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “American Virgin” and “Monster Mash,” and as a dancer in “Boys and Girls,” “Showgirls” and “Lord of Illusions.”

Recently, Inaba launched “The Carrie Ann Conversations,” a personal empowerment blog sharing information and personal stories with women around the world. She has also been an advocate for animals and animal rights throughout her career.

In 2015, Inaba was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame, and in 2009, she received the East West Players Visionary Award. Also, she serves on the Board of Directors of C.A.P.E, the Coalition of Asian Pacific’s in Entertainment.

Inaba was born and raised in Honolulu and lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs and cats. Her birthday is Jan. 5. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @carrieanninaba.

Carrie Ann Inaba with dog