Winners Announced for the 2011 DogTime Pet Blog Awards

DogTime Media’s Petties Awards Recognizes Eight of the Best Pet Bloggersand Donates $20,000 to Animal Shelters and Rescues Nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (August 31, 2011) – DogTime Media, the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners, announced the winners of the 2011 DogTime Pet Blog Awards, also known as “the Petties.”

The DogTime Pet Blog Awards are considered by many to be “the Oscars of the pet blogging world.” This year the 2011 Petties recognized 32 nominees chosen by their fellow bloggers and pet lovers from across the DogTime Media community.

On Friday, August 26th, DogTime Media announced the eight Petties winners via a gala awards ceremony broadcast on YouTube, and hosted by DogTime’s editor-in-chief Leslie Smith.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Petties,” said DogTime Media CEO, Trevor Wright. “We are very proud to have had the opportunity to share these great blogs with a larger audience than ever this year.”

2011 DogTime Pet Blog Award Winners:

Each of the winners will receive a Petties award trophy and a $1,000 donation to the non-profit animal shelter or rescue of their choice.

Best Designed Blog

Kate Benjamin for Moderncat

Chosen rescue organization: All About Animals and Arizona Safe Haven for Animals

Best Social Media Integration Blog

Stephanie Harwin for Catsparella

Chosen rescue organization: Tabby’s Place

Funniest Pet Blog

Angie Bailey for Catladyland

Chosen rescue organization: Feline Rescue Inc.

Best Cause Related Blog

Kim Clune and Amy Burkert for Be the Change 4 Animals

Chosen rescue organization: Best Friends Animal Society

Best Blog Post

Sparklecat for her post “Celebrating National Feral Cat Day – for Humans and Cats

Chosen rescue organizations: Animal Advocatesand Feline Ranch

Best Cat Blog

Robin Olson for Covered in Cat Hair

Chosen rescue organization: Kitten Associates

Best Dog Blog

Carol Bryant for Fido Friendly

Chosen rescue organizations: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescueand Camp Cocker

Best Overall Pet Blog

Ingrid King for The Conscious Cat

Chosen rescue organizations: Casey’s Houseand Kitten Associates

“The dedication of the Petties winners and nominees is inspiring to their fellow bloggers and the legions of dedicated readers who follow their posts,” said Wright.

DogTime Media will also provide two additional $1,000 donations to non-profit animal shelters or rescues chosen by two Twitter followers who tweeted congratulations to the winning bloggers during the awards ceremony.

As part of the 2011 Petties Awards program DogTime will also donate $10,000 to a non-profit shelter or rescue organization chosen by a blogger who hosts the Adoptable Dog or Cat Finder iframeby October 31st. The iframe gives bloggers the opportunity to increase awareness for over 70,000 dogs and cats currently in shelters across the country.

Petties winners will be interviewed by DogTime’s editor-in-chief Leslie Smith for an article that will appear on, CatTime.comand across the DogTime MediaNetwork.

About DogTime Media:

DogTime Mediais the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners and the 50 billion dollar annual pet market. DogTime Media reaches 40.3 million monthly users via its community of 525 leading pet-focused websites, 565 pet bloggers and more than 3,000 rescue groups, anchored by its own and

DogTime Media actively supports the efforts of rescue groups and shelters nationwide to significantly reduce the number of homeless and neglected pets in the country by providing authoritative advice to both novice and experienced pet guardians. DogTime Media has donated over $252,000 to pet related caused via its Save a Dog and Save a Cat Facebook applications, monthly grants and a variety of other programs. Privately held DogTime Media is based in San Francisco, Calif.