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Win A Year’s Worth of Kitty Litter for Your Favorite Animal Rescue

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

    Pet News and Views is partnering with World’s Best Cat Litter to give away several pounds of kitty litter to three animal adoption centers or rescues. Those of you who read Pet News and Views know that it is my goal to get companies to donate to animal shelters. World’s Best Cat Litter is showing they care by donating lots and lots of litter.

First Place Wins: 1,000 pounds of World’s Best Cat Litter

Second Place Wins: 500 pounds of World’s Best Cat Litter

Third Place Wins: 250 pounds of World’s Best Cat Litter

That is a lot of litter. I’ve been using World’s Best Cat Litter (WBCL) in my house for a number of years. It is nice to partner with a company whose products you know and trust. WBCL is made from whole-kernel corn, which controls odors and clumps for easy cleanup. Plus, it is 100 percent natural.  Last year I tried the lavender scented formula, which is a stretch for me. I usually shy away from scented products. However, WBCL isn’t overbearing. It has a fresh lavender scent that makes my house smell great.

The Contest

I know many of you volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue. Many of you have heroes who go above and beyond to aide animals. Pet News and Views and WBCL want to know about your hero. In the world of animal rescue, who do you admire and why? In the comments section of this post, please write a few sentences about your hero. List his or her name, where he or she volunteers, and explain why this person is heroic.

The Judges

I have the good fortune of knowing some of the best pet bloggers.  They will pick the first, second, and third place winners, and I will contact the winners. The winners will choose which shelters or rescues will receive WBCL.

The judges are:

Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger is the voice behind Gracey of The Tiniest Tiger, which is the one blog that I read and wish that I had written each post. It is that good!

Paris Permenter of CatTipper hosts some of the best contests and information about cat  care on the Internet, and is a fellow journalist and author.  She also writes DogTipper, which is perfect for all things dog!

Karen Nichols of Mousebreath is a great teacher about all things cat, blogging, and social media. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and writing by reading Karen’s blog. Some of her columns will make you laugh out loud.

Daniela Caride of Taildom posts informative pet stories and whimsical photos and videos.  She is a professional journalist, and is well versed in cat and dog lifestyle topics.

 

They will read of all the comments, and will pick the first, second, and third place winners. I will contact the winners via e-mail. When I do, I will ask you to chose your favorite rescue or shelter to receive WBCL.  WBCL will then make the donations.

The contest runs December 18 through midnight on December 19.  The winning comments will be posted here on January 3, 2013, with the names of the winners and winning shelters or rescues.

We are looking forward to reading  your comments about your heroes.

 

Editor’s Note: The contest is closed, and the judges will pick 3 winners. The winners will be announced in a post on January 7. Thank you all for entering. This is a sponsored post.

86 comments to Win A Year’s Worth of Kitty Litter for Your Favorite Animal Rescue

  • Randy Grim is one of my heroes. Founder of Stray Rescue of St Louis, Randy was working in the hard streets of the inner city all alone years ago – before it became common. Though now a published author and leader of an award winning rescue shelter, Randy still spends his days luring street dogs into safety. I would love it if he won the kitty litter!

  • Jennie Treadway

    Kimberly Diedrich is the sole owner of Home is Where the Hound Is in Maricopa, AZ. Where she offers a very personalized pet sitting service. Not only does she spend her days loving and caring for pets who have loving homes and owners but she also spends her days and nights as “Pet Social Worker” finding lost and stray animals in the city and surround areas of Maricopa. If there is a lost pet EVERYONE in Maricopa knows who to call. She works with the local vets offices and helps lost pets find their missing owners. If the missing owners cannot be found she take the pets in no matter how big or how small. If there is no room at the inn then she finds a foster who can take the furry friend til a forever home can be found. She provides fun events throughout the year to let people know about pets looking for homes including photos with Santa. Maricopa would not be the same without the dedicaion and efforts of Kimberly and her family.

  • We could really use this! We’re a non-profit, with no financial help from the County. Our kitties would be very appreciative! 🙂

  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need.
    It’s a private, non-profit organization serving the communities of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. Many of their programs also serve animals and people in Worcester and Berkshire counties, as well as northern Connecticut. Dakin doesn’t receive any government funding and they aren’t funded or operated by any national humane organization. They rely solely on contributions from individuals who care about animals to bring their services to the community. In August 2009, Dakin launched a ‘Three Year Plan to Adoption Guarantee’, promising that by August 2012, no homeless animal who is adoptable—or who could be rehabilitated and made adoptable—will die for lack of a home.

    This is a place that has, year after year, demonstrated their dedication to animals in need. Our last four kitties have come from Dakin. We love them and we love Dakin. They are the most deserving place I can think of for a donation of the worlds best kitty litter.

    Have a sparkling week.

    Bob & Deb Schilling

  • Pam Donald

    My hero is Dr. Melinda Merck. Dr. Merck was my vet for many years in Roswell, Georgia, where she owned a cat-only practice. During that time, Dr. Merck also fought tirelessly against animal abuse and neglect. She rescued animals from hoarders and abusers, and is a pioneer in the field of veterinary forensics. She has seen things that no animal lover should ever have to see, and did everything in her power to put abusers behind bars. One of the animals she rescued from a hoarder was my beautiful cat Nico, one of only 33 animals still alive in a home containg over 150, jammed into cages and carriers with no food or water. Dr. Merck later worked for the ASPCA, and was instrumental in the prosecution of high-profile animal abuse cases, including Michael Vick. Today, Dr. Merck is back in Georgia, practicing veterinary medicine and volunteering for local shelters here while she continues to fight agains animal abuse and neglect. One of the shelters she volunteers for, Good Mews, is where I also volunteer. I was so pleased to arrive one day at the shelter with my foster kittens to find tha the volunteer vet that day was Dr. Merck. I showed her my Nico’s photo featured in the month of October on the Good Mews calendar, and I saw tears in her eyes. I know that she endures all the horror of fighting animal abuse for moments like that, when she can see one of the animals she rescued safe and happy and loved. God bless Dr. Merck for all she has done and all she continues to do.

  • Jamie Dundon

    Penny Hession is a true to all the cats and kittens and Dogs and puppies that she rescues through the Orange City chapter of the SPCA.
    She not only opens her home to the cats and Kittens but she gives up her time and money to save the ones that no one thinks can make it. Four months ago she bottle fed 18 newborn kittens that had been abandoned. She practically was asleep on her feet for a while. All 18 are now in loving forever homes and she keeps tabs on them all. She volunteers at the low cost shot clinics for the SPCA as well. She also feeds and cleans the kennel where the dogs and unadoptable cats are. She has several cats in her home that she cares for that will never be able to be adoptable as well. The level of care she gives our rescue is amazing. And she is only one of the amazing volunteers of the Orange City SPCA.

  • Melissa White

    Good Mews is a no kill cats only shelter in Marietta, Ga. My little Pixie came from Good Mews. The staff and volunteers are dedicated, caring people who are concerned with their cats and with adopting each cat to the appropriate family.

  • Joanie Hoffman

    There are so many heroes at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in Baltimore City. One of my favorites is Jen Carle. She has a day job, but is on call for animals in distress 24/7. She has pulled a few dogs with pneumonia from the shelter to stay with a vet until they are well, and then has taken many steps of find them foster and forever homes with good success (still working for a couple!). She uses her lunch breaks and weekends to take these dogs out of the vets to go for walks and has found overnight sitters for some. She shares religiously animals on Face book from all over the country. No one is more excited than Jen when any shelter animal finds his home. Jen also works with Baltimore Bully Crew and has 3 dogs of her own. BARCS and Jen save a lot of lives every day. Yeay for BARCS!

  • To name one would be too difficult for me. I work with several different Cocker Spaniel Rescue groups and forever I am telling them they are my heroes. They sacrifice their time, money, sometimes their entire savings, and give their hearts and souls to foster, rehab, and help place abandoned, neglected, and abused Cocker Spaniels into their caring forever homes. My heart beats dog, but theirs beats daily on-the-frontlines do it and get it done. They are my heroes.

  • Claudia Pagano

    When I moved from The netherlands to Maine I wanted to continue what I did in my home country, collecting supplies for local shelter. I searched on the internet for local organistations/shelters and discovered a small shelter in Belfast, a small town close to me. They did not have a website although I found a small image of a nice place with a prety sign in front of it: Town line animal shelter. I decided to make a box with towels, toys, blankets and other stuff and just show up one day. When I arrived I was a little bit shocked to see the same sign as in the picture but it was old and the paint was mostly worn off. I knocked on the door and a fragile, older lady opened the door. I told her I came to drop off some free stuff and her face lit up. I could tell she was not used to any kind of help like this. She let me in and started telling me about the shelter. Back in the old days, it was a very nice place, they had many volunteers and workers, they had nice kennels for the dogs ands cats and found wonderful homes for many of them. Local people would help them by making donations, intown stores had collection jars at the cash registers. But times had changed. Most of the regular donaters passed away, small local stores went under and people didn’t have time to volunteer anymore.
    I was so sad to find out this little old lady was the only one running the place now. She had to stop taking in dogs and accept cats only. The kennels where the dogs used to be were still there, empty an cold. The left side of the building was for the cats.
    While the lady enjoyed my company and told me about the shelter I watched her doing what she did every day of the week, all by herself. She took me into a room with about 13 cats. They looked happy and satisfied but when I took a closer look I noticed they did not look like the average cat. She told me these cats almost all had special needs. Most of them were old and had health problems and were not likely to ever find a home. It’s ok, she told me, I will take care of them, they are good cats and I will take care of them till the day they die. She was about to clean the catroom. To do that, all the cats needed to leave the room. So she went down on her knees and started to put blankets on the cold concrete floor. I feel bad if they have to walk on the cold floor, she explained. She folded some more blankets into little beds so the ones that had a hard time standing for a long time could lay down on them while she was cleaning the room. I cuddled and played with some of the cats while she made sure there dishes got filled with food and fresh water.
    She took a look at some of the blankets and dogbeds i brought her. She was so happy with them. It gets very cold here in the winter, she said, she was trying to think of a way to close the side of the building where the dogs used to be so the heat would just stay in the cats room. She told me she was using her own dissabilty check to pay for the oil bill.
    By the time i was going to leave I told her to call me if she needed any help, I feel so bad for you I said, I can tell the cats are well taken care off but how long can you still do this? The building is old and I don’t think it has many years left? Don’t worry, she said, if the time comes I can’t do this anymore, I will take the cats that are still here home with me. She thanked me once again for the gifs while she wrote donw my phonenumber and I made her promiss to call me if she needed help.
    It’s been more then 3 months and I never received a call. I never even asked for her name but this little old lady, thats running Townline Animal Shelter in Belfast, Maine, all by herself, will forever be one of my heroes.

  • Barb Pawlik

    I would like to nominate Sara’s Treasures in Eugene, OR. I have visited their resale store/shelter many, many, many times over the past 13 years. Some days, there are a half dozen kittens at your feet, other days just senior cats here and there, cuddled in the warm environment, waiting for a home. Run totally by volunteers, the Shelter Animal Resource Alliance (S.A.R.A.)is dedicated to removing animals from shelters where they might otherwise face euthanasia. While in their care, they provide cats and dogs with a comfortable environment to live in, all necessary medical care, high-quality food and treats, and plenty of love and attention until we are able to find them their forever homes. They work closely and tirelessly with local vets and other rescue agencies to provide rescued pets with a great place to stay until they find their furrever homes!

  • Janet Lindstrom

    I live in a small Iowa town where we have two wonderful facilites for abandoned kitties. The Kitty Cottage is in a small renovated house, The Cat Sanctuary is in a small garage behind the home of one of the ladies who started this idea of taking care of all cats in need. Joan Thomas and Phyllis Kretlow have worked tirelessly to assure the best for the kitties. Joan coordinates the volunteers and Phyllis takes care of the health needs of the ailing kitties. they get limited financial assistance and I know from volunteering there that the cost of litter is a big part of their expenses. I have three kitties from this shelter and they are ready for new homes. The assistance of cat litter would be highly appreciated.

  • June Myers

    Gayla Sesher is director of the City of Moore, OK Animal Shelter. I have know her over 20 years, she has 2 certified therapy dogs. At one time director of the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Norman, OK. Since she has been at the Moore Shelter she is trying to make it a no-kill shelter. She has a wonderful group of volunteers, “Moore Pawsabilities,” holds adoption events with dogs from the shelter at Petsmart. Works with rescues to place dogs. Has Spot Clinic 2 times a year for low cost shots and microchips for people’s pets in the area. She places the shelters cats & kittens at Petsmart for adoption. I have seen her use her money to feed strays in the country, catch feral cats for spay/neuter and release. She has devoted her life to helping animals. A wonderful person, who tries to educate people on responsible pet ownership.

  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, St. Hubert’s volunteer and Trustee Kim Saunders looked into the eyes of her loving dog Mojo, a victim of Hurricane Katrina, and decided to help.

    Kim created http://www.FosterASandyPet.org – a website that linked people with pets in need with kind and loving foster care givers who were willing to open up their hearts and their homes to displaced pets of the storm. Through this program, more than 60 animals (mostly cats) were placed into foster care and will wait safely in the comforts of home to be reunited with their families.

    One 18 year old girl, who had lost her entire home, was able to find foster care for her 9 year old dog, a friend she had had for half her life. Through tears she claimed that so much had been taken from her already, that she could not lose her dog as well. There are dozens of families and pets that will stay together thanks to the innovative thinking of Kim Saunders.

  • Susan Willard

    I’ve thought this over and find that I’m unable to pick one person as my hero. How can I assign that status to one individual when I know of the amazing work that many heroes do each day? There’s Educated Cat who goes into poor communities in MD and drives poor pet owners to low cost spay and neuter clinics day after day, often paying for the surgeries out of her own pocket. There’s Suzanne Bryant in TX who works at a shelter saving all she can, then goes home to the endless chores required to run her sanctuary for farmed animals.
    I cannot neglect the workers in our overwhelmed and underfunded county and municipal animal shelters. These forgotten and unsung heroes perform minor miracles everyday. They reunite families with lost furry family members, they care for the health and well-being of the millions of animals who cross their doors and find forever homes for animals who had lost hope of finding a place within the heart of a family. Animals in all shapes and sizes with many different issues and needs come through a shelters door and that door is always open and accepting.
    I’m sorry that I failed at the task of naming one hero. I found it impossible. There are literally thousands of good people and groups deserving that title.

  • My big brother and sister-in-law are true heros. The shelter they represent is called Mary’s Kitty Korner in Granby, CT. The shelter is completely non-profit and relies on donations to run. My brother remodeled the house that was purchased to house the kitties, and has even set up a “sick-room” in his own home for kitties that are not yet able to be adopted or need special care. Right now, with so many people limited on what they can donate, Cathy and Rusty are actually supplying most of the food and kitty litter for the shelter, with donations going mostly to the vet for the kitty care. Cathy is the vice-president of the shelter, as well as their accountant.. but she also works full time, as does my brother. Basically, when they are not at work, they are at the shelter. My brother even makes special “kitty tree” scratching posts and play houses for the cats. In addition, they organize and run all of fund raisers that take place every year. One of the truly amazing things about this situation?? They don’t even live in CT. They live in MA and travel 45 minutes each way, even after putting long days at work… and they love every minute of it. Winning the litter would take a huge financial burden off of them, if even only for a few months. http://maryskittykorner.blogspot.com/

  • Tracy S. Graber

    My “hero” is Michele Hoffman of Milo’s Sanctuary & Special Needs Cat Rescue, Inc. of Burbank, California. Michele founded this rescue, and works tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, spay and neuter,restore the health of and re-home abandoned and abused cats. Those who cannot be re-homed due to profound disability are given a safe and secure “forever” home. She specializes in cats who have issues that people give up on, complex and desperate cases that need love and help more than ever. Michele does not turn away the “difficult” cases, and is sometimes criticized for that. Many are blind or have mobility issues, and she spends endless hours campaigning for the welfare of them all, insuring that they are well cared for and safe.
    I have personally been helped by Michele in the rescue of a kitten with a broken leg and injured mouth. (Thanks to her, he is now a happy and healthy young cat.) 2012 has been a difficult year for Michelle, probably her hardest ever, but she still works into the wee hours making sure that her organization stays going strong and performing well.
    I salute Michele, and hope that she can be a winner of this contest, as I am quite sure she can put the cat litter to excellent use! You can find her at her website: http://www.milossanctuary.org/Home.html

  • My hero is my sister Charlene Devaney Vice President of the Hudson County Animal League. She is non stop doing whatever has to be done. She puts the welfare of the animals in the leagues care first. Charlene has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia but when dutie calls she is the first to stand up. She does the shopping for food for the cats, she helps with TNR, she goes to petsmart to clean when the league has the condo for the month. She checked out the homes before adoptions. If anything has to be done she will schedule her chemo treatment for the afternoon so she can do whatever needs to be done in the morning. She also takes care of a colony of cats. She is a true Animal Lover.

  • Cecile Goyette and Jamie Lehman. They are tireless. They founded Bronx Tails Cat Rescue in 2010, although they had been doing rescue for years before that. They both work relentlessly to improve the lives of cats. They have organized an independent network of fosters, trappers and volunteers to keep the cogs turning. Cecile manages the fosters, all adoptions (home visits for each and every one who adopts), two adoption events a month, all spay/neuter appointments, veterinary care and a host of other tasks, all while holding a full time job. Jamie, also has a full time job in the “real world” but takes care of the trap, neuter, return part of the rescue operation. Bronx tails has done approximately 250 TNR cats this year and about 150 adoptions. Both also manage colonies of feral/unwanted cats in their neighborhoods. They do this as a labor of love and completely out of pocket. They are my heroes for continuously giving so selflessly of themselves, continuing to find ways to make happen the things that enable the fosters to do the work. We do not have a shelter, but the work we do does make a difference A donation of litter would be a huge boon for this little rescue in which we strive so hard to save so many lives of kittens that would never have had a chance otherwise.

  • Nadyne Labelle

    Merci de nous offrir ce bel offre et bonne chance à tous;) For my English readers: “Thank you for to offer us this beautiful offer and good luck to all;)”

  • Bronx Tails gets my vote. Cecile Goyette and Niki Levien and their fellow rescuers/fosterers do an amazing job — they take cats from terrible environments, heal them, advocate for them, love them. No one does a better job. (And I can speak to this personally — as can my new kitten.)

  • Anna

    Bronx Tales works tirelessly to help stray cats. The work they do is amazing. They do TNR and help find homes for those that can be adopted. They also have provided shelter for feral cats. In doing this, they also educate the people in the various neighborhoods about the necessity of veterinary care for cats even the ferals. Also the importance of spaying and neutering the cats so the population does not explode.

  • Jane Mesna

    I am a senior in high school and I am very passionate about animals. My dream is to become a veterinarian, however I know that the process is tedious, so I have gotten a head start by volunteering at Secondhand Hounds, located near the twin cities. I began volunteering in hopes of having fun while I was gaining service hours, but never did I imagine that I would meet volunteers whose hearts really touched mine. Rachel Mairose, founder of Secondhand Hounds, has a young daughter of her own and began this rescue only a few years ago, but has already saved thousands of animals. Being the loving person that she is, Rachel has the hardest time turning down animals that need homes, one of which was Charlie. Charlie is a German Wirehaired Pointer/Dachshund Mix who came to Secondhand Hounds as an emergency rescue. He had been hung up by his back legs and was badly beaten, and as a result had many broken bones in his back leg, a fractured pelvis, and the tip of his tail was missing. Despite the medical costs, aggression, fear, etc… that Charlie was suffering from, without hesitation Rachel immediately accepted. I was lucky enough to be able to foster Charlie, and over a two month period, he became the sweetest, quirkiest little dog. Although he had to have his leg amputated, he is very energetic and playful and has a wonderful new home. Charlie was more than just a dog. He was a dog that cheated death and who was in desperate need of love and affection. If it wasn’t for Rachel being willing to take him in, he may not have survived, seeing as he was only 8 months old at the time. Rachel is a true hero and her admiration for all animals is incredible. Although there may not be enough homes for all animals needing fosters and “furever” homes, Rachel does a wonderful job ensuring that she saves all of the animals that she possibly can. Without Rachel, I truly have no idea how a rescue like Secondhand Hounds could possibly run. She is outgoing and caring, which really lightens the mood and coaxes the animals out of their frightening pasts. Without her hard work and dedication, thousands of animals would never know just how loving a life could really be. On behalf of all the animals at Secondhand Hounds, I would like to nominate Rachel Mairose as my hero. Regardless of medical costs, behavioral issues, anxiety, etc…, Rachel never gives up on an animal, but rather offers nothing but unconditional love to whosever paws come through the door. Thank you Rachel!!!!

  • Margot Goodwin

    Bronx tails cat rescue, specifically Niki Levien and Cecile Goyette for providing non shelter care that truly socialized feral cats and kittens and enables them to successfully place them as pets in family homes. They do this all at their own expense and could truly use any help you can give!

  • Carolyn

    I think that there are so many rescues that deserve this gift. It would be great if you could divide up the amount and share it with more than one rescue. The rescues that I feel need this the most are those that rescue in New York from NYC ACC, from Florida/Miami-Dade, from anyone in South or North Carolina and from Texas-Fort Worth. I thank you for making this special present available and will be happy for the winner, regardless. I wish more companies would help out animals in need.

  • I know so many people I consider animal rescue heroes, but if I had to choose just one, it would be Molly Mednikow, Founder and Executive Director of Amazon CARES. Molly sold her share of her family’s 125 year old jewelry business and founded Amazon Cares, which operates stray dog health & animal population control programs, humane education programs, a no-kill shelter & a low cost vet clinic in Iquitos, Peru. She has faced and continues to face severe financial difficulties, but she continues to lead by example – making personal sacrifices when necessary. That to me is a true hero!

  • pamela boucher

    The northeast animal shelter in salem, mass is an excellent shelter and they rescue cats and dogs from the kill shelters in other states and they try to get the animals adopted. I would like to see them get the kitty food for the cats they have their. Love,pam

  • Samantha Levien

    Niki Levien and Cecile Goyette of Bronx Tails Cat Rescue. They devote their time, energy and resources to make their communities a better place by helping to keep local feral populations healthy and under conrol, educating community members about TNR, and turning wild beasts into happy, healthy house pets.

  • Judy Gasik

    I nominate Kitten Rescue, an LA based rescue of dedicated volunteers. Theyare stalwart defenders of all animals, but particularly the truly voiceless, feral cats. At all hours of the day and night, sometimes all night, they sit waiting for cats to enter their trap where they quickly retrieve them, take them to a local spay neuter clinic, pick them up and either release or rehome them. I love animals, but the dedication this group has to their cause is truly inspirational. How many of us would sit patiently waiting, rain or shine, cold or not, to reduce the population of homeless and feral cats? They are a wonderful group!

  • Stephanie Makala

    Bronx Tails helped me when I had to sell my mother’s house and move her semi-feral outside cats that she had been feeding. I didn’t want to leave the cats behind because they were not wanted by the neighbors. Cecile and Niki lent me traps and showed me how to use them. I was able to get three of the four cats and they now live a comfortable indoor life! They were great! Bronx Tails is a wonderful resource for the cats and the community 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

  • My hero is Corinne Dowling, founder of Give a Dog a Bone. The goal of that organization is to provide a good quality of life for dogs in long-term shelter care. When she established GADAB at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, many dogs were there for months and sometimes a year or more, thanks to a slow-moving legal system and other extenuating circumstances. If it hadn’t been for Corinne’s program, which included intense and special training for prospective volunteers, these dogs would not have received walks, companionship, or mental enrichment during their long stays in a small, lonely kennel. She made sure these dogs — even those who were not ever going to leave the shelter — knew love and comfort in their time there. Because of Corinne’s eye-opening work, I’m always inquiring about the provisions made for dogs in long-term care — and encouraging some form of physical or mental exercise for those animals — at every shelter I volunteer with or visit. Corinne now volunteers at Peninsula Humane Society and is still an advisor with GADAB.

  • The volunteers of Purr Paws Rescue in Cypress, TX (outside of Houston) is are my heroes. They are a small group but they make the most of the resources they have available. They started the year by pulling kitties from a shelter that had just done a seizure of a neglect situation of almost 200 cats from a sanctuary so that no cats had to be euthanized for space. The next thing they know they are making international news after pulling Cupid from animal control with an arrow thru his body. When kitties from the seizure were awarded to the county, they made room in their foster homes for some of them. They regularly pull kitties from the most dire of situations.

    Their foster home who does primarily bottle babies has had a constant stream since April. 2012 has brought their foster who likes to do special needs a steady rotation of kitties needing rehab from various injuries, eye removals or eye surgery at the specialist, and amputees. When asked how they can bear to give them up after so much, they say it’s because they see how much joy they bring their new families. Many adopters come back in to visit on adoption days and update the volunteers on their new family members. You can tell they truly love the animals and love what they do.

  • Breanna Egan

    My hero is every volunteer and employee of the Home ‘Fur’ Good animal rescue in Phoenix, Arizona. This wonderful rescue has saved over 1,000 animals since their formation in 2009. Most of the animals they take in (about 90%) come off the euthanasia list from Maricopa County, but they have rescued the occasional stray and owner turn in. They rescue dogs and cats of all ages, and of all breeds. If they won this award it would help them very much, for they use a lot of kitty litter!! And being able to spend that extra money on other things would be very helpful!

  • sheila massey

    Bronx Tails does a phenomenal job of rescuing cats, finding new homes, managing feral cat colonies and doing TNR (trap, neuter, return) in those colonies. Their contribution to animals, as well as human communities who are happily rat-free thanks to the stable cat colonies, deserves kitty litter and much, much more. If you measured “animals saved per person”, then this small handful of volunteers outpaces large, funded organizations by a long shot. Bronx Tails is remarkably effective, measured in terms of actual animals saved, fed, re-homed, spayed-neutered, or patched up at the vet. They’ve earned a helping hand. Thank you.

  • Judy Brown

    We use the World’s Best Cat Litter and we love it! Our Cats do too! No longer does our house smell of kitty litter perfumed smells. I have a close friend, Niki Congero who lives in Las Vegas, Nev who started the POOF Foundation caring in her home for rescued cats and those who just show up at her door. Currently they have 26 cats, who they provide vet care, shots, spay and neutering and finding homes for. Their car recently broke down and Niki has to take the bus to the store to buy supplies, litter, and food for her “extended” family! As you can imagine thats quite a chore carrying heavy bags of litter on the bus. If she could receive litter deliveries for a year, it would be the best Christmas present I could ever give her. She and her husband Arty have fallen upon hard times economically and they are determined to carry on the work they have been dedicated too for years. Hopefully if her plight will be considered with this offer, you can reach me at my email address supplied. How wonderful of you to even have this offer, Thank You for your consideration,
    Judy Brown
    South Lake Tahoe, California
    President Lake Tahoe Humane Society
    http://www.thepooffoundation.org/

  • Diane Heinze

    I would like to recommend Heather Fallon Scutti of STARescue in Stamford, CT. STARescue is a nonprofit group – their mission statement says it all – dedicated to stopping animal abandonment.
    Heather and the other volunteers are always working hands on caring for the animals, but also tirelessly giving their time to raise the money to help their community at large when they are in need of support. A recent example: Buddy, a 10 year old Chocolate Lab, was rescued as a puppy by the family of a retired US Navy officer. He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the back of his throat. The cost of Buddy’s care was too high for his senior caregivers to afford, but thanks to the efforts of STAR and other organizations, Buddy underwent successful surgery.
    Only one of many situations in which STAR has made a difference in the lives of animals (and people) in need!
    Please consider Heather for your donation!
    Thank you!

  • Niki Congero has started the The Poof Foundation. They rescue cats. The cats are spayed or neutered. If they can adopt them out they do. If they cannot the cats are kept to live a long loving life. You can see by the pictures on her website. It is hard to take care of several kitties financially when you want the best for them. Right now the car is broke down. To have litter for the felines niki has to ride a bus to purchase cat litter and bring home. Please consider Niki Congero for the litter give away.
    Thank you in advance,
    Lorrie Duncan

  • CindyT

    http://www.thepooffoundation.org of Las Vegas. Niki and Arty love each kitty and provide all that is needed. They love each kitty as if it was one of the family. This would be an awesome help to them.

  • Debbie Morgenstern

    FELINE RESCUE OF STATEN ISLAND is my choice..They spend hours and hours ..looking for cats
    that are in need of rescues on deathrow ..They make sure to bring them to a vet for their health problems they endured in the shelter…Their rescues..The most recent was a rescue for a 13 year old cat “Ward”..They rescued him and he was in bad shape..all due to his time in the NYCACC..But
    they had hope and faith…Unfortunitely, Ward did die because of the shelter..but he didn’t die alone..They loved him and showed him love…They are very compassionate when it comes to “senior” cats…They feel that the “owners” didn’t love them, they will show love to them..and compassion..and whatever they need they help to the fullest extend..This is why, I pick them…They’ve earned it. Thank you.

  • Shannon Conley

    Gigi Graves at Our Pals Place in Marietta, GA is my rescue hero! She has such great passion for what she does and such a big heart for rescue! I volunteered there for almost 2 years and she insilitted such a passion in myself as well. I have seen her go through great lengths to save an animals life from the GA county shelters. <3 this place SO very much! I wish I still lived in GA to work with all of the imspiring people who volunteer there on a daily basis.

  • I am nominating The Poof Foundation that Niki and Arty Congero run in Las Vegas. They rescued 26 cats, neuter or spay them, get shots, and take care of them all by themselfs so they could really use the cat litter. Niki and Arty are two of the most hard working people i know so dedicated to helping these cats find homes and get the care they need. You can see all the love that is spread throught each cat just by looking at the pictures on http://www.thepooffoundation.org. So please consider them when picking a winner.

    Thank you!
    JenFroggy

  • My neighbor, who is with Bronx Tails Cat Rescue, is an ANGEL for the neighborhood feral cat population. She traps as many of the ferals as she can, has them spayed/neutered, treated medically and vaccinated. She and her colleagues adopt out as many of the younger ferals as they can find good homes for, and they release the older ferals back outside. The older ones just cannot be socialized to humans. Catfood is provided daily for the outside ferals. Our neighbor herself keeps many of the adoptable kitties until homes are found. Bronx Tails stages adoption events at local shopping malls. But they go much further than that. They require prospective cat owners to fill out applications and they visit each person’s home before allowing a cat to be adopted.

    Our neighbor has also mobilized some of us others who live nearby to help. Some feed the outside spayed/neutered ferals daily. Some help her manage the little cat sheltering huts they have built. Some (like me) keep the partly socialized kittens as foster cats for as long as needed, and work on socializing them further to make them adoptable.

    Bronx Tails makes a huge, huge difference for the feral cats in our neighborhood. Bronx Tails never quits, they keep on and on, working to reduce the feral cat population by the spay/neuter program. They work to give as many cats as possible a good life. Bronx Tails is great. I urge you to award them the prize. They truly deserve it!

  • JenniferJ

    I have to nominate We Care Feline Rescue from Beaverton, OR. One of the young women that runs the rescue (she has the farm and takes all the barn cats…LOL) was just in a terrible accident when a horse on her farm kicked her in the back! She was in ICU on a ventilator and had surgery to remove her spleen…the cats in her care missed her very much but were fed and loved by others that support the rescue. Tammi is now back home and though it will take a long time for her to get back to where she was, her kitties keep her going! The other young woman that runs the rescue (just bought her own farm to house MORE cats!) is only 24 years old and works a full-time job so the rescue can stay operational. We all use WBCL in our homes and and recommend WBCL to all of our new kitty parents. I am one of the happy foster moms of We Care Feline Rescue and I cannot say enough about these 2 amazing young women that do all they do for the love of becoming crazy cat ladies 🙂

  • Debbie Fidago Lundberg

    I would like to nominate a very deserving organization: THE POOF FOUNDATION in Las Vegas, NV http://www.thepooffoundation.org/index.html

    My friends, Niki and Arty Congero, have always had a love and soft spot in their hearts for cats. Many years ago, they found out from their local animal control that any cats caught by them would be euthanized. With the feral cat population constantly growing in their neighborhood, they decided to do something to try and help. They have caught, spayed or neutered and released (at their own cost) over 100 feral cats that were not adoptable which helped reduce the feral cat population in their neighborhood by 80%.

    They still wanted to do more so, in 1998, they started taking in and caring for unwanted cats. They are all taken to the vet to be examined, spayed or neutered, and they try to find homes for adoptable cats. They now keep and care for the cats which are not adoptable due to medical reasons, etc. All of the money needed to do this has come out of their own pockets. That’s how much this means to them. They have given up a lot to continue to do this great work.

    In January, 2012, Niki decided to create THE POOF FOUNDATION to try to do even more. They moved to a larger place that had the space for them to set up a real shelter with cages, play space, etc. Right now they have 26 cats in their care and would like to be able to care for more. They look for homes for adoptable cats. They pay for medicines and treatments for the ones that need it, keep them and give them a loving home for the rest of their days. It takes a lot of resources to do what they do and, like many, they have fallen on hard times economically. Their car broke down recently but, rather than spend a lot of money trying to fix the car, they take the bus everywhere so they can continue to keep and care for the cats and take in more. Please visit the website. They even have some really cute pictures of some of the cats they currently have. You can tell how much they care.

    I hope you seriously consider THE POOF FOUNDATION for this great gift. A year of free kitty litter would truly mean the world to them while they are trying to spread the word and build THE POOF FOUNDATION. I’m hoping to get that email stating that you picked them and will make this a great Christmas for the kitties.

    Sincerely,
    Debbie Fidago Lundberg
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Leslie

    There are so many amazing animal rescuers and deserving shelters. I wish I could donate to every one, and adopt every pet, but obviously that isn’t possible. Contests like these are a beautiful way of recognizing some of these people and shelters who put light and love into the world for pets that other people don’t want. It is really hard for me to choose one rescue or person that has affected me. However, there is one rescue that has been introduced to me just in the past week that I think is accomplishing things so integral to the happiness of both cats and children, that I think they deserve to be noticed. Everyone knows about the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT. Organizations and people from all over the country have lent their love to this community. Yet it is one of the local cat rescues who, while they are grieving along with the rest of the town, are trying to heal the hearts of the children. Kitten Associates is a small non-profit organization that opened its doors to children of Newtown play sessions with the foster kitties and donated a plush kitty to each child. This short time of escape from tragedy is just what these children need. In addition to this most recent event, Kitten Associates rescues kitties, many from the brink of death, injured and kill-shelters, heals them, and adopts them out to forever homes. They also raise funds for extremely ill kitties that need vet care and wouldn’t be able to obtain it otherwise. This rescue fosters all of these cats and provides them loving homes. In such a time of tragedy for their town, they have provided a profoundly needed resource for children, while at the same time, providing extra love for the kitties. After all, everyone can use some kitty love when they aren’t feeling well. I know I can.

  • Jean Salzarulo

    Cecile Goyette and Niki Levien introduced us to the loves of our lives…Tom and Jerry. I happen to come upon their adoption listings on PetFinder.com.
    In our grief and sadness over losing our Bella to cancer we were ready to rescue another cat. I’m really not sure who rescued who here. Cecile got back to me right away in a few hours later we met Niki and the little kittens she was caring for. After speaking with her about the types of traits we were looking for in our next cat we ended up adopting two. Niki was very honest with us about where the kittens came from, what their mother was like, and their personalities. I can’t even put into words the joy they have given my family. I hope this email helps them win the litter as I know any help they receive will only help the cats they rescue.

  • My cats and I will say Kelly Bettinger is our hero! She is the vice-president of Cat Zip Alliance in Watkinsville, Georgia. However, that title is nothing…she does everything for this organization!

    When she moved to Georgia, she got a full-time job at University of Georgia and started doing TNR. However, the cat rescue is just so important to her. She decided to quit her full-time job and just took the part-time job as a research assistant at UGA in order to have much more time to do the TNR on UGA campus. She goes out and sets up the traps mostly by herself at night, usually around midnight or even after midnight. Kitties won’t come out early because college students are having parties most of the time. She has a booth at the local farmers’ market to let people know the importance of TNR and helps people like me who find kitties but have no idea what to do. Every football season, she will be selling drinks and candies at a booth in the stadium, because she can get 10 percent of the amount sold at her booth for the kitties.

    Kelly also goes to numerous spots to feed the kitties that are saved by the organization every day, rain or shine. Finding places and funding to build pen for kitties is also a big project she is doing. When you go out in Athens and Watkinsville, you always can see the adoption flyers made by her. When people need barn cats, she takes the cats to people’s houses and teaches them how to get the kitties to be mousers.

    Due to her love to cats, Kelly devotes herself to rescue kittens and asks people to adopt kittens. Her professional knowledge also helps her to be an educator who can help people realize the importance of TNR in order to effectively reduce the numbers of feral cats. Kelly has some friends and some students like me who can help her; however, she is the one who does everything that you can think of rescuing kitties. I hope you will consider her devotion and contribution. I am an international student studying here in the States by myself, but Kelly helps me find the sweetest and warmest companionship and even help to do the TNR. I am no longer alone and feel good to help more kitties! Kelly is an amazing person and is doing the best thing!

  • Tamara Schraiber

    My pet hero is my husband Sergio…as a volunteer at the jersey animal coalition in south orange, NJ Sergio spends many a night walking the more difficult to handle dogs, cleaning kennels,building structures for the cats to play on etc. He also drives JAC’s sick animals to the vet and has driven many miles to pick up donated supplies that the JAC so desperately needs. He has built houses for the shelters feral cats as well as the many feral cats in our neighborhood. He also spends many hours trying to catch these ferals so that we can perform TNR….helping animals in need is his greatest passion!!! With over 50 cats in residence at the JAC they could surely use this litter!!! many thanks

  • Its hard to find just ONE hero. There are many in my midst – at least 4 that come instantly to mind.
    I promise i will submit a name once my thoughts are cogently laid out as to how to pick just ONE. Thanks for this post Michele. Its a wonderful contest which can shed light on the truth of our systemic legal limits to do the right and ethical thing. In many cases, laws do the exact opposite of what is “right” and “ethical.” Thanks again.

  • Its hard to find just one hero in the world of animal rescues. Every one who goes out of their way to rescue, transport, save from euthanization all the countless animals are heroes. The financial incentive for some facilities is appealing too. Its in the economicas; rescue animals from the south and you save the puppies. Bring them north, and you can make money “doing the saving.” I prefer to support more local iniatives for all needed causes, such as neighbors doing individual TNR for strays/ferals and rescues from hoarding homes. But since you asked, I would like to nominate Virginia Canino as one hereo who, in spite of obstacles, worked with officials to personally and successfully remove 22 cats from a horrific home. This was done with not only altruistic thoughts, but a working plan. She did this with limited financial reserves(she was laid off as a teacher) and received limited support from only a handful – most of whom did not even live in the direct area. With limited help from neighbors who knew the home, family, and dire straits, local regs from some reason allowed animals to overpopulate and live. Ms. Canino’s efforts were not so much a random act of kindness but actions with integrity that others watched, admired, wrote about but felt powerless to fully help. When a cry for help for these animals was issued by one neighbor, officials requested people stop filing complaints. One cat TNR supporter reached her big network. The neighbors were battling the neighbors for the best way to proceed. To this day this hero manages the after effects of her decision. The emotional reprecussion of rescue work are life-long. When those doing the right thing become threatened or chastised for helping four legged neighbors – even by a local shelter – there is something amiss. But this rescuer did work for the animals to the best of her ability – and did it well. The local authorities assisted with the removal, but a local shelter took just 6 dogs (pack dog leader was euthanized by officials), The laws intended to protect people AND animals are woefully inadequate – infact many are used in this state to acutally harm them (see if you feed it, you own it/and you can euthanize cats). Its the inconsistent application of laws and an unwillingness to take action which are worrisome; both are part of perpetuating our ferals and fe ar associated. Those wanting to help (and do no harm to) aninmals are forced to do good works, under cloak of darnkness, receive ridicule, fear mongering and yet continue to do it because its the right thing to do. On a larger note, if Washington DC can develop plans, provide a pathway to work on TNR (7 years in the making) why cant our NJ suburbs do it too? Though I continue to believe “where there is a will there is a way,” its disocuraging to see a ack of will to make real change. Ms. Canino has never lost the will to try to make change for the better, do the right thing under undue personal hardship, makes her an animal hero to me.

  • Carol

    I’ve seen Sergio handle the tough dogs at Jersey Animal Coalition in South Orange, NJ. He is also a cat person too. JAC would not survive without Sergio’s help. He is so handy and helpful, building housing for the feral cats on the property and in the neighborhood, and supporting TNR programs.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    Hilary Eleanor Sontag goes to the ends of the earth and back to help rescue animals. With so many cats being overlooked by rescues and dying in unbelievable numbers in shelters, Hilary was fundamental in starting the Furry Friends Rescue Center, which operates out of Hi-C farms in Clover, SC. Without Hilary, the cats rescued by FFRC would have died horrible deaths in shelters in the Carolinas, where many shelters still use gas chambers and heartstick. She campaigns endlessly for animals in shelters and believes strongly that we CAN become a no-kill nation. With the economy in such bad shape, donations are down and Hilary and the cats at Hi-C farms can use any help they can get. She’s amazing woman – and friend.

    Furry Friends Rescue Center at Hi-C Farms – http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/SC353.html

  • I am posting this in honor of my good friend Barb Wills. Barb is an amazing woman who has dedicated her whole life to caring for the kitties that are the hardest to place. She has a 3 story house that houses depending on what time of the year, about 200 cats. Barb takes in all the kitties that would never have a home, a human touch or know human love if not for her. Most of her kitties are special needs and she works continually trying to help them, care for them, show them love and hopefully to find them a home. She is never too busy to hold them when they want love, care for them if they are sick or injured and knows them all by name and their personality. She is always at some kind of event to try and show the kitties at their best and to let people know that you are never too old or handicapped to have a home, love and family of your own. I have seen her sit and rock a kitty while they were leaving this world by rocking and holding them and letting them know that there is such a thing a human kindness. I have cried with her over the loss of a kitty that has spent most if not all of its life there with her. While her ultimate goal is to find homes for everyone, she knows that is not always possible, so they have a lifetime home with her. She runs the largest and oldest no kill cat shelter in the state of Indiana and I believe this hero of mine to be so very worthy of winning this. Also, in the summertime, there is a big garden that is put out in her yard to send fresh food to the local food pantry. She works with the local shelters and humane societies and also helps with feral cats and their care. I do not know of a more deserving person or shelter that could use this.

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  • Kristi Karnopp

    My animal rescue, where I rescued two cats… one in 1990 and one in 2006. They take care of their animals. It is the Rock County Humane Society (RCHS) of Janesville, Wisconsin. When my first cat passed away, RCHS got a donation in her name. I found that very special and unique. A month and 4 days after my first cat passed away, I adopted a white cat with blue eyes at about a year old. He has been in my life since December 18, 2006. RCHS is my most favorite place. We call every month to give RCHS an kitty update and when we called yesterday on December 18, 2006, the girl Kimberly who named my kitty Bing Crosby, told me she had mentioned it to another RCHS that Bing’s adoption anniversary was coming up.

  • The Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue is a new group that is rescuing all cats in all towns here. We have no group except these fine caring, loving people who have started this group. I have read many stories in the newspaper and heard from people how great they are and turn no one awy. They also run the food and etc pantry for all animals so any help they could receive would be so truly appreciated. In these hard times people love there animals and some are just like there children, so its gut wrenching to have to surrender them. So please help our friends.

  • Charlene Devaney is the most devoted animal caring person I have ever met. She has spay/neutered hundreds of animals, adopted,fed and vetted. She is the most amazing and needs litter for the many animals in her care and for people she gets to foster.

  • My hero is Charlene Devaney of the Hudson County Animal League in New Jersey. She has worked tirelessly and often single-handedly for many years to spay and neuter feral cats in the City of Bayonne, and has made a real difference. Despite many health challenges in the past couple of years, she still manages a staggering volunteer workload because she doesn’t want to let the cats and dogs down. She cares for foster animals, takes fosters to vets, does adoptions, and so many other things. She is a truly selfless, dedicated, and tenacious person who is devoted to helping homeless animals.

  • Ma hero is @FrugalDougal (who just crossed OTRB today). He wuz ma inspirashun. He iz why I try to halp utter anipals & why I hold SCIFIpawty to raise money fur anipal chairties, because of everyfing he did wif PawPawty and how much money he raised & just how pawsum a pal he wuz. He iz & always will be ma pal & ma hero. I lub him & I knows da werld iz a better place because he wuz here.

  • My hero is Vibeke Alstad Jagne who volunteers at For Animals, Inc. Vibeke is one of the most devoted and caring animal people I have ever met. She goes above and beyond to help rescue cats, get them vetted, find a foster, and share their info until they find a forever home. She is so patient with injured cats and truly treats each rescue as if they were her own. Vibeke helped me rescue a cat that made a home behind my job in a church parking lot. When I told her how friendly this beautiful young, female cat was, she didn’t rest until it was off the street. She was worried about her not only getting pregnant, but also because this beautiful cat was so friendly and would basically go with anyone (which could be scary). We had a date set to pick up the cat but because she is so dedicated and wanted the cat off the street, she made arrangments with a fellow volunteer to pick up the cat and take her to the vet. After all the vetting was completed and I picked up the cat and delivered her to my co-worker (her new forever mom), Vibeke visited them both to offer advice and support, and still stays in touch with my co-worker, getting updates on this beautiful creature. Vibeke and the other volunteers are dedicated and selfless and will put an animals needs above their own any time, any day.

  • Mary Campbell

    Barbara Will, without a doubt, is a special person. Her shelter, Cats Haven, is the home (often permanent) for cats that are either non-adoptable due to medical conditions and to aging cats that would be very hard to place. When you walk in to Cats Haven, you are greeted by 3 legged cats, blind cats, neurologically impaired cats, senior cats and they are all full of love and pride because Barbara cares for them with such love herself. There may be a cat that from birth had no use of it’s back legs, but it will drag itself with the front legs as of that is normal. Isn’t that the way with adults born with disabilities – they learn to adapt by using other means? But most cats with these problems are euthanized. It is amazing to see these sweet creatures living together in a free-roaming environment that is their home, knowing they are safe, loved and cared for. It has to be an exhausting job to medicate and monitor these special needs kitties, but Barbara has committed her life to doing just that. She is an angel to these cats in a world where they would be more than likely put down due to their imperfections.

  • I would like to nominate Barb Wills of Cats Haven in Indianapolis. Without her dedication, tireless effort, and enormous heart, i would have lost my precious kitty, Dewey Lovkatz. Several years ago Dewey was rescued by a friend of mine who does rescue in another city. I wanted to adopt Dewey. He had beeb through some type of fan blade accident that cut off his ears and nearly amputated his tongue. My friend took him to the vet to be neutered and then brought him home to recover. However, before i could pick him up, my friend’s troubled son tried to kill her. She escaped but he barricaded himself inside the house and there was a long swat team shootout with Dewey right in the middle of the action. The shootout ended with my friend’s son committing suicide, but thankfully Dewey survived all the whizzing bullets, breaking glass, and teargas. I was finally able to take Dewey home, and eventually we moved to Indianapolis. Some time later i noticed Dewey’s mouth had a foul odor sobi took him for a denta. I was devastated to learn that in that fan blade accident, Dewey’s teeth were all fractured and he was horribly abscessed. The cost to fix the problem was over$ 1500.00. There is no way i can afford that, with my own medical bills from a previous accident and facing knee replacement surgery. I was heartbroken and at a loss what to do. Poor Dewey had survived so much and i could bot face putting him down but i knew he had to be in horrible pain. Then my sister suggested i contact Barb at Cats Haven. So i sent Dewey’s story, along with links to news artcles about the standoff Dewey survived, and his photo. Without hesitation, Barb let me know that Dewey would be taken care of. Between funds raised and donated vet services, Dewey’s surgery was paid for and his life was saved. The vet said she had never seen a worse mouth on a cat and that in addition to the rest of the injuries he had sustained from the fan blade, Dewey’s jaw had also been fractured.

    Without Barb Wills and Cats Haven, poor Dewey would have been put down. Instead, he is now healthier than he has ever been, happier than he has ever been, and pain free forvthe first time in his life. Barb exhibits this kind of love and compassion every day fir untild numbers of kitties who would otherwise have been lost souls. Please choose Barb Wills and Cats Haven. No one deserves it more.

  • Molly Mednikow, Amazon CARES Founder is a Hero. Although I know she can’t get this prize, I feel compelled to write this. Growing up in tourism I was profoundly aware of how cultural differences defined how animals and children were treated in my own coutry and abroad.

    When I say she is brave to sell her family business to help people and animals in the Amazon, it’s because I know how Americans can sometimes sneer at the problems of the poor abroad. I saw the selfishness of many Americans in how they viewed children in foreign countries, recalling how an aggressive group of children selling necklaces in Guatemala where spoken about by tourists, when in fact here in the U.S. they would have been lauded as entrepreneurs.

    In some parts of the Amazon tribes are still killing people with bows and arrows, and macho men don’t want their dogs balls fixed. Humane Education faces cultural and economic hurdles not even understandable in many parts of the United States.

    This year Amazon Cares faced it’s greatest fund raising accomplishment. I followed their tweets and blog posts to raise enough money to get a matching fund grant. Then saw their hopes and hard work crushed by a flood that destroyed their shelter and placed volunteers in danger from disease and snakes. Now Amazon Cares faces their darkest few months as Molly writes today http://amazoncares.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-saddest-blog-ive-ever-written-redux.html.

    If this Entry stands a chance, I say let Molly choose where the WBCL goes so she can shine a spotlight on her AMAZON CARES cause. I am slightly known to some of your judges as Unchat, the cat with a cause. None of you know exactly what my cause is.

    It’s to continue to be a voice for those who stood in the way of bulldozers or took to the streets of Iraq to ensure compensation was given to families of war victims, or to anyone who looked behind the many false communications we are presented with daily to see the facts and acted in the courts or on the ground.

    Evil is failing to acknowledge the bigger picture includes satellites and redistribution of property rights by unfair means, remembering that animals are still only property in the U.S. Happy Holidays.

  • HollyAnne

    Oh – what a hard question, there are so many heroes/heroines in the cat rescue world. Some well known in the cat blogging world. I really admire Robin of Kitten Associates for all she does. I’d like to nominate a local heroine though, Pam – and her associates as well – at Forgotten Felines of Maine (https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenFelinesofMaine/info). Serving a huge area in Northern Maine, Forgotten Felines helps the feral population and the humans supporting it. They rescue cats with dire illnesses and injuries (read the postings about Miracle and Grayson and Lucky Cat), trap kittens and get them adopted, TNR, and run a barn where ferals can live out their days in safety with secure meals and warm beds. I know a huge gift of litter like this would make a real difference for them. They are tireless, working bake sales and fundraisers and adoption events to raise funds for the kitties. This is a rural area, everything requires a lot of driving. Gas prices are high. Heating oil (for the cat barn) is high. The economy in the area is weak but still they go on and serve the feral population. Please consider them for your donation. It will make a difference to a lot of cats.

  • Our hero is Karen, with the Humane Society of Polk County. The shelter is the only no kill shelter in the county and Karen makes sure that no kitten is rejected from the shelter. Alot of times while she is dropping off fosters, another kitten(s) come through the door, and even though there maybe several kittens still in her home, she won’t refuse the new arrivals.

    She is patient, compassionate and loves every kitten.

    Currently she has a 12wk old kitten that has tested positive for feLV. Instead of euthanizing the kitten, she is caring for it and helping it find a perminent home or a rescue that can care for her. Unfortunately this means she can’t foster any kittens until she finds a home for this kitten.

    She is an amazing person, that doesn’t get the recognization she deserves!!! She doesn’t discriminate against any kittens. She will care for special needs or even the most difficult cases the shelter gives her.

    She is incredible!

  • mike

    The person I admire most in the world of animal rescue is Charlene Devaney, Head of the Hudson County Animal League in N.J. Charelene has been working tirelessly for HCAL for over ten years, organizing. Charlene was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and has been undergoing chemotherapy and receiving blood transfusion. This has not stopped Charlene from giving her all for the animals that our organization cares for. Charlene recently spent a period of one week in the hospital. The very day she was released she was back at it, trapping for a TNR program out by herself alone in the cold. She has repeatedly put the interest of the animals in her care, or even those crossing her path, above her own. I don’t know what our organization would do without Charlene, she is truly an angel in the world of animal rescue and is most deserving of your recognition.

  • My vote is for Pets Alive in Middletown, NY. Pets Alive’s mission is to rescue animals from high-kill shelters and give them a chance at having a life that they otherwise would never get. Becky, the Cat Manager, is an amazing angel who has drastically increased adoptions since she took over a few years ago. She has educated the public about FIV and has adopted out so many of these “special kitties” – even to homes that already have non-FIV kitties! Pets Alive is a no-kill sanctuary, so even though cats & kittens fly out of there due to Becky’s hard-work, those who never find their “fur-ever” homes experience the next best thing to having a family of their own. It would mean the world for me to be able to win free cat litter for the Sanctuary that I adore!! Having 6 rescue kitties of my own, I know how important it is to use World’s Best. We would never DREAM of using any other litter! Please pick Pets Alive in Middletown!! <3 <3

  • Please pick Charlene Devaney. She is sooooooo deservice. She has dedicated her life to saving animals. She does everything. Feed, spay/neuter, rescures, adopts out, vets and most of all loves them with all her heart.

  • Rhonda McCandless

    My hero is Linda Picken, with Fabulous Felines of Northwest Arkansas. She is the most dedicated person I know when it comes to saving kitties and finding them good forever homes. She often visits the local shelters saving those that are due to be euthanized, caring for them until homes are found. She also recently donate thousands of cans of Friskies cat food (thanks to Friskies) to all the local shelters!

  • Honor Kirwan

    Pets Alive, Middletown NY is I believe the oldest no-kill animal shelter here in NY. They rescue cats, dogs, horses, goats pigs and have rescued parrots, mice, parakeets, miniature donkeys, mini-horses and other farm and exotic animals in the past. Most of the cats live in a beautiful old brick house and roam free in their various rooms. They have a catio in the summer (screened, shaded outdoor access). The cat population includes FIV+ cats who have their own designated rooms. Additionally there is a feral population housed in another building that is specific for them, heated, with outdoor access. Pets Alive works very hard to find homes for all of their cats (as well as the other animals in their care). However, should a cat never find a forever home that cat will be loved and tended by the amazing staff and by the many volunteers who regularly visit to care for and play, or just cuddle with them. I believe that this year the adoption staff, under Becky’s leadership adopted out 200 cats. There were over 100 cats and kittens slated for death at the NYCACC that were rescued by Pets Alive and taken into their Middletown and Elmsford NY locations. Many of these babies were very young and needed to be bottle fed. Staff and volunteers fostered these babies at home until they were adopted or old enough to be weaned. Pets Alive has many senior cats and has instituted a program placing senior cats (and dogs) with senior citizens, helping the seniors with medical and food costs and helping the cats by putting them into loving homes no matter the cost. Additionally they have started a TNR program to help keep the population of feral cats in the area from growing. Kittens and friendly cats caught in the TNR are kept in order to find them homes, injured feral cats caught are given the medical treatment they need. Cats and kittens are showcased at various off-site adoption events, and featured on social media sites as a way to promote their adoption. Pets Alive is a non-profit organization that runs soley on donations and monies raised by fundraisers. They are a very deserving organization.

  • My hero is my Hubby Arty Congero. He is the reason we started The POOF Foundation. When we married 21 years ago he thought cats were “OK” but since then he has grown to love and care for them more than ever. He never turns down anyone who shows up and drops off a kitty in need. Through all of the hard times he has remained vigilant in his caring of unwanted cats. I would also like to thank all those who have submitted comments nominating The POOF Foundation (Protection Of Our Felines) whether our foundation wins or not it is so wonderful to get this support! And I’m sure anyone who is nominated deserves to win. So wishing you all (and your kitties) a very Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever! http://www.ThePoofFoundation.org

  • Jenna MIchael

    Pets Alive is the most amazing no-kill shelter. They help as many animals as possible, giving each of them a safe haven until they get adopted/fostered, sometimes they live out their lives there. Each staff member/volunteers gives each and every animal an enormous amount of love and comfort while in their shelter. If the animal has an aggression/behavior problem, they take time to train the animal so it can be more adoptable. They set up a TNR program and educate pet owners about the important of spay/neutering. They also pull animals off the kill lists in NYC (as often as they can due to occupancy and funds) and do everything they can to give these animals a new chance at life (even as sick or in need the animal is). A shelter was going to shut down and contacted them to rescue their animals, and they did. There was a bad puppy mill situation and they were the first to take the beagles in. There was a horrible hoarding of Rotties and they were the first to make sure that the Rotties were okay and went every day to feed them until they were able to gain possession of them. They are there in every situation.

    They put their hearts and souls into everything they do, every employee (staff or volunteer). They never turn their backs on animals. This shelter deserves all that they can get and I really hope they win the this. Their cats are able to roam free in the cat sanctuary and are able to interact with other cats, not through cages. It’s an amazing environment.

  • Bob Hanaburgh

    Pets Alive is the shelter that I think should get the litter they are a no-kill shelter and take no state or federal money.

  • Marianne Lacey

    Pets Alive has helped numerous numerous cats over the course of the time that I have been volunteering with them. The cats are not kept in cages, but rooms where they have free movement to explore the room as they see fit. They deserve the litter to help them.

  • Kayla Hanaburgh

    I am 14 y/o girl that has stated to help at pet alive a few months ago. They are a no-kill pet sanctuary that handles all types of animals. we have a house fully devoted to cats. each room is set up as if a family is living there and the cats are in one room with several others. We as volunteers are able to go in and interact with the cats and help them become more social. They are not locked in tiny cages like some shelters and they are able to move around. Pets alive also currently has several dozen dogs, close to a dozen horses, a family of pigs, mice, and we had a goat a month to two ago. The litter would help this great organization by allowing them to pull other cats from kill lists.
    They do this on a regular basis with NYACC, I have heard stories where they have went to pick up a dog and came back with several kittens because they were going to kill them because one got sick. Pets Alive took them in treated the one and have is trying or have already found homes for most if not all of them. With all that Pets Alive does they deserve this award.

  • Lisa

    I have to say, by far, my hero in the world of animal rescue is Charlene Devaney, Vice President of the Hudson County Animal League (HCAL).

    Charlene has been working tirelessly with HCAL well over ten years. In 2009 Charlene was diagnosed with Leukemia and has since been receiving blood transfusions and chemo. Her condition has NOT once stopped her for caring for the animals. She goes over and above doing everything humanly possible to help an animal putting their needs over her own.

    The time that stands out most in my mind is when she was admitted to the hospital. Against doctors’ orders, the very moment she was released she was out, in the cold, by herself, trapping for a TNR program. Not ONLY was she trapping but she was also out and about doing the daily routine of caring for the cats within the organization.

    Regardless of her condition this woman is determined to do what is needed for the welfare of the cats, not only for the cats but any animal that crosses her path. I truly believe it is just this that keeps her going…her love and devotion for the animals. And it is just this that makes her my HERO.

    She is not only a hero for the animals but she is also their angel. We would be lost without her!

  • Honor Kirwan

    I forgot to specify a cat volunteer who I admire most @ Pets Alive. It’s very hard to pick one–they have such a wonderful group of volunteers. I could single out Maria, who takes wonderful photos of the cats that help so much in finding their homes, or Sonia who is there all the time doing anything and everything for them. I think it is too hard to pick just one, the volunteers work as a wonderfully cohesive group and all deserve hero status. So I think I nominate the whole group of Pets Alive cat volunteers. 🙂

  • mike

    I have to say, by far, my hero in the world of animal rescue is Charlene Devaney, Vice President of the Hudson County Animal League (HCAL).

    Charlene has been working tirelessly with HCAL well over ten years. In 2009 Charlene was diagnosed with Leukemia and has since been receiving blood transfusions and chemo. Her condition has NOT once stopped her for caring for the animals. She goes over and above doing everything humanly possible to help an animal putting their needs over her own.

    Once she was admitted to the hospital. Against doctors’ orders, the very moment she was released she was out, in the cold, by herself, trapping for a TNR program. Not ONLY was she trapping but she was also out and about doing the daily routine of caring for the cats within the organization.

    Regardless of her condition this woman is determined to do what is needed for the welfare of the cats.

  • Rita Apap

    I would like to nominate Pet’s Alive a No Kill sanctuary saving the lives of thousands of animals annually from Middletown and Westchester NY to Puerto Rico. There are so many amazing volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping pigs, cats, dogs, horses, goats……. and the list goes on. I myself have been touched by so many of the volunteers and staff at this amazing organization. My children have been affected as well by finding new interest in animals and animal rights. They even volunteer themselves when possible. Through Pet’s Alive, we were able to complete our family with our dog Danner. The transition was easier by the consistent support provided by the staff at Pet’s Alive, as they made calls and offered guidance in assisting in his transition. Pet’s alive is committed to not only finding a furever home for the animals, but providing a comfortable atmosphere for the animals while in their care. They provide outreach to neighboring sanctuaries and Animal Society’s and educate the general public on animal rights and care. I am so thankful for Pet’s Alive and the volunteers who dedicate their lives selflessly every day.

  • Donna Chabut

    I do not have a specific person I have a place, Pets Alive Middletown New York. Every Person there that I have met is devoted to the love and care of every creature there. I am so thankful I have the opportunity to be a part of and volunteer there in any way that I can. They have many cats there who are waiting for a forever home but while they are waiting they are cared for and loved. I would love for them to get this prize they are very deserving.

  • Maureen C Gallagher

    Charlene Devaney of the Hudson County Animal League has been rescuing animals for more then 30 years. Charlene has fostered many many animals herself over the years. Charlene would go into shelters and take out the oldest most unadoptable animal and give them love and a home until their final days. Charlene has also trapped/neutered and released hundreds of cats herself. Even with the health isseus Charlene has been dealing with the last few years she is still just as dedicated with rescuing, fostering and doing adoptions of all of HCAL’s rescues. She is truly an animal lover and rescuer.

  • A Parker

    I so hope Worlds Best Cat Litter chooses Niki and Arty the years worth of kitty litter. They provide a loving and nurturing home for many cats and they genuinely LOVE thier lil feline friends so they do all they do out of pure goodness from the heart,with little to no help. This is the very reason I think they should be choosen!!! What a neat thing that would be right here at Christmas.. it would be one of those little miracles and good tidings tis the season brings to us this time of year :>) If you find it in your heart to grant them this oh so needed contribution Niki can be contacted by her facebook.. Niki Congero or email me and I will be more than happy to tell them :>D Thank for your time and concideration to this great cause!!!

  • I would like to see Niki and Arty receive this. They have taken in many cats, that otherwise would be euthanized. Such a selfless act deserves to receive this much needed help, ty

  • My hero is Charlene Devaney of the Hudson County Animal League of Bayonne/Jersey City. Charlene has been devoted to homeless and abandoned cats and dogs in our area for many years. Despite serious health problems in recent years, she continues to participate in caring for the needs of feral and adoptable cats in all areas of this work: TNR, vet/medical care, paperwork, transporting to Petsmart Adoption Center/foster homes to name a few. The interest of our precious rescues always come first with her. Charlene has also been a patient mentor to me, as one of HCAL’s volunteers.

    She would also be thrilled about winning supplies for our fosters!

  • Jilian Giles

    I would like to nominate Lynea Lattanzio @ The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA. It is a no-kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats and kittens (and a few dogs.) The Cat House on the Kings is situated on 12 acres along the King’s River. The cats are free to roam around the grounds or go inside.
    Since its founding 20 years ago by Lynea Lattanzio, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals they have spayed and neutered!) And they currently care for more than 700 cats and kittens.
    I love visiting there to be swarmed over by the cats. Many are so friendly they jump right in your lap!
    Lynea is an amazing woman. She has not only given over her life to the cats, she gave them her gorgeous house and moved into a mobile home on the property!
    She’s my hero!!