We're looking for a logo that can grow with us and/or be easily modified as we grow. Right now our focus is on rescue dogs but we plan on expanding to other rescue animals, including family, farm, and wild animals in the future. Additionally, we're ethical vegans and hope to help eliminate cognitive dissonance and speciesism by showing the ways that all animals, even human animals, are the same and should be treated with love and respect, so bonus points for any designers that can artfully include something pertaining to veganism in the design. :)
Regarding stock images, we're certainly open to them and are sure that there are many great options out there, but we'd love to see the designers' own style and originality on display rather than an image anyone can find online.
To all designers, please know that we're very serious about finding the perfect logo and business card design but since this is our first time running a contest, we're not quite ready yet to make it a "guaranteed design contest"...we'd like to at least get a feel for things first; we hope that doesn't prevent most of you from showing us what you've got. :)