Kim Ralston
MVMF Communications


(May 10, 2023) – The Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF) has announced the winner of the 2023 Animal Archives “Pet of the Year.” The Archives offers an internet-based memorial program devoted to departed pets. This year’s winner is “Grant,” a fifteen-year-old Toy Poodle owned by Cathy Forand of St. Louis, Mo. He was honored by Grantview Animal Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Grant was one of six nominees in this year’s competition. Nominees are chosen from the previous year’s submissions to the Archives. During 2022/2023, the public was invited to vote online for their favorite departed pet based on its life story and the bond between the pet and its owners.

Votes from across the state were cast for the six candidates. An Honorable Mention goes to the other five Pet of the Year candidates: “Mila”, “Lily”, “Maddie”, “Oliver” and “Simon”.

“Grant was the best buddy I ever had. He followed me everywhere and was so loyal to me. I miss him so much and I don’t think I will ever have another dog like him. I was so blessed to have him 15 years. He loved to go out every morning and get the newspaper with me. And lay on the couch, next to me, watching TV. He will always be my special boy and I will see him again one day at the Rainbow Bridge.
I am so thankful Grantview Animal Hospital did this for my Grant. I miss the little guy so much but something like this helps. He was the best dog, so loyal and always by my side. He will be in my heart forever.” – Cathy Forand


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Grant, the 2023 MVMF Animal Archives of Missouri “Pet of the Year”.

Coming soon… View the next Pet of the Year candidates and vote for your favorite pet.
Go to the Animal Archives of Missouri website at

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