Nicholas Sparks to Feature Fan's Pet in New Book

Nicholas Sparks wants to know how your rescue pet has impacted your life. (Photo: Ian Collins/flickr).

Nicholas Sparks, best-selling author of "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember" and numerous other titles, has teamed up with PetSmart Charities to celebrate National Adoption Weekend with a one-of-a-kind contest that celebrates shelter pets.

A longtime pet-adoption advocate with three rescue dogs of his own, Sparks will select one fan's pet to appear in an upcoming novel.

Contestants are invited to submit their pet's adoption story and share with Sparks how their rescue animal has impacted their lives.

Sparks will choose his favorite heartwarming story and the winner's pet will be named in one of his forthcoming books. The winning pet's story will also be featured on Sparks' website, along with an introduction by the author.

"Teaming up with Nicholas Sparks to promote pet adoption and celebrate the love our adopted pets give us is a natural fit," Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities, said in a news release. "Nicholas is a huge pet adoption advocate and even includes pets in many of his novels."

To enter the "Fall into a Nicholas Sparks Love Story Contest," share your pet adoption story here from Nov. 3 through Dec. 14.

Sparks will announce the winner in January.

PetSmart Charities' National Adoption Weekend will take place Nov. 14-Nov. 16 at all 1,300 PetSmart stores, and more than 2,000 animal welfare organizations will be on site to help you find the perfect shelter pet for your family.