DIVIDE, CO - An election will be held in the tiny Teller County, Colorado town of Divide on Tuesday to elect a new mayor. This year there are eleven candidates running and each of them truly 'gives a crap' about their community.
At least, that's what the slogan for this year's election is: 'Candidates who really give a crap'.
It makes perfect sense, seeing as how each candidate is an animal.
"Most of them say, 'Are you kidding?' And we say, 'No. We're not kidding'," joked Janet Smith, a town resident.
Some of the candidates are dogs, others are cats. There's a wolf running – even a hedgehog.
"Anyone of them would be a good mayor," said Marti Benson, a local veterinarian.
The election is actually a fundraiser, being held by the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter; it's the only no-kill shelter in Teller County.
"To us it's survival," said Nancy Adams, fundraising coordinator at TCRAS.
Each vote costs a dollar and every dollar goes to the shelter.
"The last election we made about $8,800 and right now we're at $9,000," said Adams.
The money raised will help hundreds of abandoned animals who end up at the shelter each year.