SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DogTime Media, the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners, today announced that voting is open for the annual DogTime 2013 Pet Blog Awards, also known as "the Petties."
The Petties is the largest annual pet blog awards program on the Internet, receiving over 22,000 nominations and providing $30,000 in awards. Often referred to as the "Oscars of the pet blog community," this year's Petties include two new categories and the first annual Petties Video Awards.
"The competition for this year's Petties is stronger than ever," said Simon Tonner, president & CEO of DogTime Media. "We've added new categories to celebrate the best mobile apps for pet owners, will be honoring some of the funniest pet videos that we all enjoy so much, and have received more than twice as many nominations as last year."
This year's finalists are:
Best Dog Blog:
Preston Speaks, Dogington Post, Keep the Tail Wagging, Kolchak Puggle
Best Cat Blog:
The Creative Cat, IBD Kitties, Cat Wisdom 101, The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Best Cause-Related Blog:
B and O Cats, River Front Cats, Cairn Rescue, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life
Best Designed Blog:
Zee and Zoey, Dogington Post, Oscar Ate My Muffin, National Mill Dog Rescue
Best Individual Blog Post:
River Front Cats, The Tiniest Tiger's Conservation Cub Club, Sparkle Cat, Covered in Cat Hair
Best Pet Mobile App:
Pet Tracker, Slim Doggy, Pet First Aid, Petmobi
Funniest Pet Blog:
The Dog in the Clouds, Cat Food Breath, Glogirly, Oz the Terrier
Best Overall Pet Blog:
The Conscious Cat, Pet Blogs United, To Dog With Love, DogTipper
Best Video Post Blog:
Pets Weekly, Dog House Adoptions, The Dog in the Clouds, National Mill Dog Rescue
Best Active Living Blog:
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, Miss Divinity, Terrier Torrent, You Did What With Your Weiner
Voting for the finalists is now open through July 31st, 2013. Winners will be announced in an online ceremony broadcast at http://petties.dogtime.com in September, with more details on the ceremony to come. Each winning blogger will be awarded a $1,000 donation to the non-profit animal shelter or rescue of their choice, a custom "Petties" award trophy, a "Petties Winner" badge for their blog site, a valuable package of editorial coverage across the DogTime Media community, and a host of social-media traffic driving opportunities.
$10,000 Petties Grant:
This year's nominations ballot included an opportunity for the community to vote for a non-profit animal shelter to receive a $10,000 grant from DogTime Media. The wining shelter will be announced at the end of July.
Petties Video Award:
New to this year's awards program, the Petties Video Awards will ask pet lovers to vote for their favorite pet video from the top 10 videos received by DogTime Media. From a kitten playing with a door stopper to a dog dressed as a shark, these videos celebrate our love of animals and their unique personalities. Voting is now open through July 31st, 2013. To view the final videos and to vote, please visit http://petties.dogtime.com/video-voting. The winning video will be presented at the Petties Award Ceremony in September.
DogTime Media Unsung Hero Award:
The Petties is now accepting nominations for the DogTime Media Unsung Hero Award. This award honors one person for their dedication to the animal community and for helping millions of homeless dogs and cats. The winner will be chosen by DogTime Media and will be announced at the Petties Award Ceremony in September. The winner receives a Petties trophy and a $10,000 donation from DogTime Media to the non-profit 501c3 rescue/shelter of their choice. For more information and/or nominate a volunteer, go to http://petties.dogtime.com/unsung-hero.
About DogTime Media:
DogTime Media is the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners and the $55 billion annual pet market. DogTime Media reaches 55 million monthly users via its community of 545 leading pet-focused websites, 610 pet bloggers, and more than 3,000 rescue groups, anchored by its own DogTime.com and CatTime.com.
DogTime Media actively supports the efforts of rescue groups and shelters nationwide to significantly reduce the number of homeless and neglected pets by providing authoritative advice to both novice and experienced pet guardians. DogTime Media has donated over $275,000 to pet-related causes through monthly grants and a variety of other programs. Privately held, DogTime Media is based in San Francisco, Calif.
SOURCE DogTime Media