You did it! We are thrilled to have been nominated for not just one, but two categories in Dogtime Media’s 2011 Pettie Awards: Best Cat Blog and Best Overall Pet Blog! Thank you so much for your support – it means so much to know we have so many loyal readers and fans!
And now we need to ask for your support again: we need your votes! Please take a moment to vote for us. And when you’re done, please ask all your cat loving friends to vote for us, too!
You can vote once or twice a day – voting closes July 29.
Voting more than once or twice a day is not allowed. According to DogTime’s Christina Kwan, “we aren’t capturing email like we were in the nominations phase. However, my tech team has assured me that there is something in place to prevent someone from sitting at the computer all day long submitting votes. Telling readers to go and vote once or twice a day is fine, but not excessive voting.”
The Petties will be presented at an awards ceremony on August 26 at BlogPaws in Tysons Corner, Virginia. BlogPaws is the largest pet blogging conference in the country.
Please help make my dream of hearing the words
“And the winner is….The Conscious Cat!”
Allegra, Ruby and I thank you for your support!
I would also like to congratulate all the other wonderful bloggers who were nominated for awards! I encourage you visit all of the blogs, and vote in the other categories, too. Since many of these bloggers are good friends, I couldn’t possibly recommend who to vote for. I want everyone to win!
Pettie winners will receive a $1000 donation to a shelter or rescue group of their choice. Deciding which shelter to choose was tough – there are so many deserving groups out there. After careful consideration, I decided to split the prize money between two rescue groups if I win.
Casey’s House is a small private rescue group in Bluemont, VA, and is home to many elderly and hard to adopt cats. They are also dedicated to the promotion of Trap-Neuter-Return to help end the plight of feral and other abandoned cats. My connection to Casey’s House is very personal: Cindy Ingram, the founder of Casey’s House, rescued my precious little Buckley from a farm in southwestern Virginia, where she and about twenty other cats were kept in marginal living conditions. Since it all started with Buckley – the book, this blog, and so much more – it just feels right to donate a portion of the prize money to Casey’s House. You can find out more about Casey’s House on their website, and you can also read about my visit to this very special cat sanctuary here.
Kitten Associates is a Connecticut based group founded by Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair fame, whose blog was also nominated for Best Cat Blog and Best Social Integration Blog. I am in such awe of Robin’s huge heart and exceptional dedication to the welfare of all cats, which makes Kitten Associates a perfect choice to receive the other half of the prize money. Kitten Associates is dedicated to saving the lives of cats (and dogs, too!), supporting animal rescue organizations with powerful online marketing tools, and championing legislation for spay/neuter programs to end pet overpopulation. You can learn more about Kitten Associates here.