The day is here that everyone has been waiting for: The announcement of the Winners in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. There are Seven Winners in About.com Cats Categories. After reading all the information on the linked Websites of each winner, I am convinced that, although many of the other Finalists were outstanding, the final Winners truly deserved to win.
Here Are the Winners:
- Best Non-Profit Cats-Only Organization: Friends of Felines Rescue Center
Friends of Felines is an outstanding example of what one person can do, with a little help from her friends, and her friends helped FOF win the RCA by 67% of the total votes.
- Best Non-Profit Pets Organization: Alabama Spay and Neuter
This organization has been responsible for 42,420 surgeries since its founding in 2008, and in February, 2012 (Spay & Neuter Month) 703 cats were spayed, thanks in part to funding from a PetSmart Charities grant of for the first 500 spays at $20 each. It's no wonder that this fantastic group won first place in the Readers' Choice Awards, by 63% of the vote.
- Best Pro-Claws Website: The Paw Project
The Paw Project has been instrumental in laws banning declawing in eight California cities. These are just a few things The Paw Project has accomplished over the years. This indefatigable organization is saving cats paws every day, one paw at a time, and I applaud the voters who supported The Paw Project with this win.
- Best Website About Cats: The Conscious Cat
Although the voting remained close throughout the entire voting period, The Conscious Cat took an early lead and coasted through easily to the end, with 44% of the vote. Well done!
- Best Website About Cat Health: Ask the Cat Doctor
Dr. Shelby Neely has a plethora of information on her Website, about almost every aspect of cats. If that alone weren't enough, she responds to questions with thorough, expert information and advice. Her veterinary clinic clients adore her, and it is no wonder she captured the win handily, with 85% of the votes.
- Best Book About Cat Behavior: Naughty No More, by Marilyn Krieger
This book has already been the recipient of several honors, including three awards in the 2011 Cat Writers' Association annual contest (one of them was a special award: the Tidy Cats Feline Behavior Award.") Naughty No More also scored second place in the Top Ten Most Wanted Cat Books 2011. Naughty No More surged ahead immmediately in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards voting, and sailed through with 72% of the votes.
- Best Book About Cat Care: The Complete Cat's Meow, by Darlene Arden, CABC
There were only a few nominations in the category of Best Book About Cat Care and every one of them was for The Complete Cat's Meow. Since I needed at least three nominations in order to be able to hold a Finalist's Vote in the competition, I could have just eliminated this category altogether. I had to make an administrative decision, and concluded that this book truly deserved to be a winner.
There is a lot more information on the Readers Choice Awards Winners: Cats page, including links to the Websites of each winner. After reading all the information, you are invited to return here to post congratulatory comments to the winners.