Introducing … The PEOPLE Pets Awards!

Show us your favorite pet photos!

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updated 05/05/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 05/06/2014 AT 6:10 AM ET

We wish we could give every adorable dog we pass on the street an award for, well, being adorable.

Until then, we’re honoring the finest and furriest in the animal kingdom with our inaugural PEOPLE Pets Awards, which will spotlight the most heroic, hilarious and all-around paw-some pets.

But we need your help: We want to see the best pet photos you’ve ever taken! Send us your favorite picture-purrfect snapshots – from the adorable to the downright funny – and we’ll let readers pick a winner. Whether your wild thing is furry or feathered (slithering or sleeping on your couch right now), we welcome all pets to enter.

Upload it here or Tweet or Instagram it (along with #PEOPLEPetsAwards), and your photogenic furball could be featured in an upcoming issue of PEOPLE. That’s right: The winner will get the star treatment alongside the other PEOPLE Pets Awards recipients and your favorite celebs.

Check back May 20 to see the finalists and cast your vote.

Click here to read the official rules.