The 2012 Petties winners

DogTime Media announced its 2012 Petties Award winners

Did you watch the 2012 Petties Awards show? Even if you missed Friday’s broadcast, you can still catch all the excitement

This year’s Petties were the biggest ever! Wiinners were announced in ten blog categories, including two new ones, Best Pet Product Review Blog and Best Video Post. In all, over $30,000 was given away in donations to shelters and rescues across the country, bringing the total giveaway to over $50,000 since the program was started in 2010.

The winner of the Unsung Hero award, another new category for 2012, was also announced. The award was created to recognize an outstanding shelter or rescue volunteer, and nominations from the public poured in. We selected ten honorable mentions and are delighted to honor this year’s Unsung Hero award recipient: Lou Hays. In addition to his Pettie award, Lou wins a $10,000 donation for the shelter where he’s devoted so much of his time, the Humane Society of Cherokee County in Oklahoma.

“I was returning from a dog transport to Chicago when I got the news on Friday, and I nearly ran my transport van off the road!” an elated Hays told DogTime.

“We haven’t yet decided what to do with the award money, but rest assured all of it will go to make life better for the disadvantaged animals of Cherokee County, Oklahoma.”

2012 Blog Winners

Best Designed Blog
Deb Barnes, Zee and Zoey
nonprofit donation recipient: Abandoned Pet Rescue

Best Use of Social Media
Paris Permenter, DogTipper
nonprofit donation recipient: Animal House Rescue

Funniest Blogger
Abby Rosenberg, Daisy the Curly Cat
nonprofit donation recipient: Cats Exclusive

Best Video Post
Evan Filler, Pets Add Life: Talking Animals and Pets Add Life
nonprofit donation recipient: TBD

Best Product Review Blog
Jamie Smith, Thoughts Fur Paws
nonprofit donation recipient: Love-A-Stray Cat Rescue

Best Blog Post
Joanne McGonagle, The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club: Farewell Eastern Cougar
nonprofit donation recipient: Kitten Associates

Best Cause Blog
Alana Miller, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
nonprofit donation recipient: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary

Best Cat Blog
Ingrid King, The Conscious Cat
nonprofit donation recipient: Kitten Associates

Best Dog Blog
Maggie Marton, Oh My Dog!
nonprofit donation recipient: TBD

Best Overall Blog
Lorie Huston, Pet Health Care Gazette
nonprofit donation recipient: Nebraska Humane Society