The International PIBBORAFI Rescue Hero Contest



Nelliee the Tripod

Winner of the Rescue Hero Contest's HOMETOWN category, and Pibborafi's first tripod, Nelliee. Pre-Orders now open.

Blue Pre-Order!

Winner of the Rescue Hero Contest's SUPERSTAR category: Blue, a rescued pitbull from Newark, New Jersey. Quantities are limited.

The Pibborafi Rescue Hero Contest!

The 2020 International Pibborafi Rescue Hero Contest opens 01/31/20! Get your rescues entered! Post at #pibbpickmypup2020

About Pibborafi®

In late 2015, a group of veteran toy designers from Italy, Iceland, the United States and England collaborated on a collection of lightweight, palm-sized children's toys designed after real-life rescued dogs. The toys would also be passed along to rescues and shelters to be used for fundraising. The group, naming themselves Pibborafi, was founded in 2016.

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FAQs/Complaints of the Month

Q: Do you guys really design your toys after real dogs?
A: Yep. But rescued dogs only. Keep in mind that in addition to the rescues that we're all familiar with, it also includes any dog that has had human intervention to save their life in some way. That could mean a dog bought from a breeder who suddenly develops a life-threatening ailment; if that dog is saved from euthanasia by a human and treated, that qualifies as a rescue to us. Another example would be a dog who was saved from drowning.

Dogs simply purchased from a breeder do not qualify. We care about dogs in jeopardy. Where they come from, it doesn't matter.

Q: Why can't you make more dogs?
A: We're privately funded. Plus side is that we have total control. Down side is we can't make many. Super down side is we must have "Complaints of the Month" instead of FAQs.

Q: What is your mission exactly?
A: It's a simple one. To introduce the next generation to the idea of rescuing a dog as opposed to purcasing one. If they own a stuffie as a child that has a real story of rescue attached to it, they will grow up familiar with rescuing. Then, hopefully, rescue a dog in the future. The contest we hold is another way we hopefully inspire rescuing.

Q: Can you make my rescued cat as a Pibborafi?
A: No.

Q: Do you really help abandoned dogs in shelters or is that a marketing gimmick?
A: Yes. That is, we supply Pibborafi Rescue plushes to shelters and rescues for free so they can sell or auction them off and keep 100% of the profits for treating abandoned and abused dogs. We also donate a portion of proceeds of some plushies to rescues and shelters. If you want to call that a gimmick then yes, we gimmick the hell out of it.

Q: How do I get my rescue into your Contest?
A: The process consists of three steps:

  1. They must be a rescued dog. Then find the cutest, most adorable digital picture of your pup that you can.
  2. Post that picture, along with with your pup's name, gender, Instagram handle, and a brief description of your pup's rescue story, to the Instagram hashtag: #pibbpickmypup2020. That gets you in the running, and those who didn't win the previous year, or posted to #pibbpickmypup, can re-enter for 2020. By following us on Instagram, you will be kept up-to-date on developments such as the new 2020 hashtag.
  3. Any dog with any amount of followers can compete—even a rescue with 0 followers can compete, they just need to have a presence on Instagram. Two categories exist; Superstar (20k and above followers), and Hometown (19,999 and below followers). Pibborafi will select the finalists based on your rescue story. We will post individual Instagram posts on our page of the finalists: those are the posts that you will vote on/like to determine the 2020 Winners!

    THE PRIZE: The winner/s get their dog done as a Pibborafi Rescue Hero and receive at least a dozen of their soft, squeezable Heroes free of charge with free shipping to their home or office. They also choose the rescue or charity they would like their Hero sales and/or donations to support.

Q: In the 2019 Contest, you guys featured certain dogs on your IG page with additional posts before the winners announcement. How do I get my dog featured?
A: Unfortunately, we will not be featuring pups in that manner from this point forward. We will be selecting finalists from those on #pibbpickmypup2020. We will post individual posts of those finalists on our page, then you will vote on those posts to determine the Winners for 2020.

Q: In the 2019 Contest, you selected 3 dogs in each category. Are you still going to do that?
A: That is at the discretion of the Pibborafi Management team. The Contest is designed to have one winner from each category — so two pups. But we don't know until they tell us. We're the last to be told about anything. As usual.

Q: You know what, it's just better to donate directly to shelters. Nobody has to buy your dumb dolls.
A: We like your thinking. Email your resume to us here, please. Include a cover letter.

Q: Can I just get my own Pibborafi Plushie done and not wait for you to "select" me?
A: Yes! It's a program called Secret Celebrity: It opens up the possibility for a rescue owner to commission our studio to design their pup guaranteed with no bother with selections. Beaux Tox was the first. However, the rules are extremely strict. And a bit of a waiting list for this program. Email us for details.

Q: What if my dog is a really good seller for you, can I get some profits please?
A: Yes! If you're a Contest winner, you can participate in Pibborafi Unlimited where once your pup reaches past a certain sales threshold, you get a portion of profits! We'll send you an invitation to participate once your pup gets to that threshold. A nice easy way to do no work and get money.

Q: What's the sales threshold for Pibborafi Unlimited?
A: Only those approaching it are told that.

Q: Why is your name so weird?
A: Why are you so weird?

Q: I was one of those dog owners that was on your huge waiting list to get my dog done a few years back. I got an email from you saying I had to post pictures of my dog now on Instagram to enter your Contest? Am I still on a list to get my dog done?
A: Yes you are. The list got crazy cuz it was so easy to just enter a name. We sent out a notice to everyone that to be considered now, you must submit a picture on our Instagram to enter our Contest. Yep you, and everyone else, is still considered but we encourage all of you to post on Instagram and get in the Contest, your odds on getting chosen will be much, much, much higher.

Q: It's a neat idea. But you're not the only ones who make toys after people's pets.
A: Consider us the lottery of the recreated-doggie-in-plush business. That means you enter your dog into our Contest, if your dog wins a category, you get your doggie-in-plush free with free shipping to your home. If your pup is popular, you get profit sharing. For everyone else, all of our shameful creations go for less than twenty bucks.

Q: Really? It looks like you decide on what toy dogs to make, then just wait until someone sends in pics that match, right?
A: That's so scandalous we might start doing that to live up to your question. Alas, we actually do choose the dogs from Instagram submissions. But fingers crossed, we may one day measure up to your expectations and celebrate with cake. For us, not you.

Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: A great question, finally. Take a look into the eyes of almost any animal. What do you see? We see innocent souls that need to be held close and rescued from harm. Dogs are especially important to us and through the funds we can funnel through animal rescues and shelter organizations, we are privileged to help all animals from Great Danes to squirrels and everything in between. The toys are simply a means to that end.

Q: Nothing you guys do is consistent. Do you even know what your brand is about?
A: What's your point?

Q: Why were your early dolls so much bigger than your current dolls?
A: Because. They were.

Q: How long can you hold your breath?
A: We believe this is a question for accounting. This is customer service.

Q: When did Pibborafi get founded?
A: January 2016.

Q: Are there any perks for working for your company? And please don't say free dolls.
A: Sure. We have a 12-step anger-management program that many are taking advantage of. We have installed cameras in the parking garage so we can minimize break-ins to your cars, and we've gotten rid of "that smell" in the lobby (you're welcome). We also have a gym in the building that no one is allowed to use because it's not owned by us—but it's there, so as far as management's concerned, it counts.

Q: Will you ever do a pop-up store?
A: Hell no. Well, unless we get people asking for one. Then maybe. If there's food involved. The kind that gets bought for us.

Q: You guys are too bitter to be making toys.
A: That seems more of a comment than a question. Please submit to the comment section. FYI: we have no comment section.

Q: What is wrong with you people?
A: You'll need to clarify "you people?" as, according to the news, most of us here have issues that qualify as "just wrong."