Wowmypetdidthat receives certificates of excellence

Reading Time: 4 minutes is happy to announce that we recently received two Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association for entries in the 2019 Communication Contest.

Our first entry was in the L. 4 Cartoon Category. Our entry was the Cat-urday Night Fever Dancing Cat gif.

Here’s feedback from the category judges:

Really enjoyed this one and it did make me laugh. Keeps the interest utilizing bright colors and comical characters. Great use of special effects. Very entertaining!”

“Toughest category of all! I’m way too “wordy” to be able to convey a thought in cartoon style and admire anyone who can!”

Our second entry and certificate received was for L.6 Illustration Series.

We entered the Paper Doll Cat Care Kit.

Free cat care and fashion paper doll kit


From the judges: “A really creative and fun way to teach kids the basics of cat care.”

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to the judges for taking the time to look at and provide feedback not just for our entries, but for all the many entries in all of the contest categories.

We’d also like to thank:

CWA President Deb Barnes, for working so hard to bring the contest and awards ceremony (which was online for the first time this year) to all entrants and Cat Writer’s Association members.

And speaking of the awards ceremony, thank you also to:

Paula Gregg – MUSE™ Medallion Scripting, Layout, and Editing; Amy Shojai & Alana Grelyak – Musical Score; JaneA Kelley – Executive Director and Behind the Scenes Virtual Ceremony Coordinator; Lynn Thompson – Special Awards Chair and Special Awards Judge Relations, Scripting, Layout, Video Editing; Robbi Hess – Treasury and Media Relations; Ruth E. Thaler-Carter – Certificate of Excellence Slide Preparation; Carol Lowbeer – Pre-Show Video Presentation and Certificate of Excellence Relations; Marci Kladnik – Graphic Design/Program Guide, Award Shipping Coordination; Ramona Marek – Editing and Administrative Support; Bonnie Koenig – Technical Support and Outreach Relations; Wendy Christensen – General Administration and Contest Coordination; and Sharon Melynk and her social media team, Anita Aurit, Rachel Loehner, Marjorie Dawson, and Sierra Koester for Social Media Support.

And a great big thank you to the sponsors:

Alley Cat Rescue

-Bronze Sponsor

Louise Holton, President

Denise Hilton, Director of Operations


American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

-Silver Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Award

Sarah Nathans

Manager, Digital Communications

Cristina Williams

Marketing and Communications


CATalyst Council

-Silver Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: CATalyst Council Connect to Care Award

-Tabby’s Place fundraiser sponsor – monetar

Dr. Jane Brunt

Betty Cox


Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)

-Gold Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: CWA President’s Awar

Allene Tartaglia, Executive Director

Teresa Keiger, Graphic Designer



-General Sponsor

Dorian Wagner, Founder


Catster/Belvoir Media Group

-Bronze Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: Lorie Huston Health Award

Melissa Kauffman, Executive Editor, Catster Magazine

Annie Butler Shirreffs, Senior Editor  

Jason Mailliard, National Advertising Director, Print & Digital

Tim Cole, Executive Vice President and Editorial Director of Belvoir Media



-General Sponsor

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Monetary Donation

Kevin Dixon, Founder & CEO


Cornell University Feline Health Center

-Silver Sponsor and Special Award Sponsor:

Dr. Jim Richards Cornell Feline Health Center Veterinary Issues Award

Bruce G. Kornreich DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Associate Director

Cornell Feline Health Center

Department of Clinical Sciences


Door Buddy

-General Sponsor/Program Advertiser

Scott Johnson


Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat

-Silver Sponsor

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: product, $200 value

Gina Zaro, Marketing Director


Fear Free Pets

-Platinum Sponsor

-Special Awards Sponsor:  Fear Free Pets Award and Fear Free Cat Enrichment Award

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: 10 autographed books by Dr. Becker, Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual for giveaway raffle

Marty Becker, DVM

Ruth Garcia, COO

Jessica Davis, Marketing & Communications


GoodNewsForPets / Germinder + Associates

-Gold Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: Human-Animal Bond Award

Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Monetary donation

Lea-Ann Germinder, President + Founder


Hartz Mountain Corporation

-General Sponsor

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser Sponsor: Product, $10,700 value

Stacy Kisla, Senior Director of Marketing

Gregg Herman, Marketing Director

Treena S. Rivera, Senior Brand Manager


International Veterinary Sciences (IVS)

-General Sponsor

-NEW! Special Award Sponsor: Christopher Knight Grooming and Feline Skin Care Award

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser Sponsor: Monetary Donatio

Ara Bohchalian, President


Fran Pennock Shaw and Ray Shaw

-Special Award Sponsor: Nancy Marano Senior Cat Well-Being Award (re-named in memoriam of CWA member, Nancy Marano)


Iris Scott Fine Art

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: (1) Canvas print, Foxy the cat raffle giveaway prize

Sasha Grafit, Studio Manager


Meat Me Pet Food

-General Sponsor/Program Advertiser

Laura Clark, VP, MeatMe Brand Management

Larry Clark, President & CFO

Sheree McDowell, VP, Retail Operations

Amie Cave, Graphic Designer


My Lap Pet Bed

Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: (1) MyLap Pet Bed Giveaway Raffle Prize

Tammy Olley, Owner & Creator


Nature’s Logic

-Bronze Sponsor

David Yaskulka, CEO

Caroline Golon, VP, Marketin


Petco Foundation

Gold Sponsorship Grant

Maryann Magana

Manager, Lifesaving Grants Administration

Joanna Randazzo

Manager, Lifesaving Grants Administration



Tabby’s Place Fundraiser giveaway raffle prizes: (2) Peek-A-Bird Cat Toys, (1) Microchip Cat Door, (2) ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes, and (2) Dancing Dot Laser Cat Toys

Celeste Vlok, Marketing Manager

Kevin Dalby, Associate Marketing Manager


Pet Sitters International (PSI)

-Silver Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: The PSI Professional Pet Care Award  

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Monetary Donation

Beth Stultz-Hairston, Presiden


Pet Tree Houses LLC

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Monetary

Joe and Shelly DelRocc


Pioneer Pet Products

-Gold Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor: Pioneer Pet Behavioral Training Award

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Raffle prize – (1) Bootsie Combination Scratcher

Shannon Supanich, Media & Public Relations Manage


PureLUXE Pet Food

-NEW! General Sponsor

Jeremiah Davis, Owner



-Silver Sponsor

Jane Skuta, Brand Marketing & Media Relations

Mike Leung, co-founder


The International Cat Association (TICA)

-Gold Sponsor and Special Award Sponsor:

Roeann Fulkerson, Director Marketing and Business Development

Beth Spencer, Social Media Manager


Vital Essentials Raw

-General Sponsor

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser Sponsor raffle donation – assortment of Vital Essentials

raw treats

Mackenzie Hanus, Digital Media Specialist

Jessica Pigeon, Donations Coordinator


World’s Best Cat Litter

-Silver Sponsor

-Special Award Sponsor:

World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award

-Tabby’s Place Fundraiser: Product donation $300 retail value

Jean Broders, Marketing Manager


Zen Clipper

-General Sponsor

David Levy, Pet Product Innovations




  1. Congrats on your well deserved certificates. I somehow missed the paper doll kit, I will download it for my great-niece.

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