Wow! I’m well aware of what a crazy cat lady I am. But I had no clue how many others are out there! And crazy cat dudes too. Hee. Now, I’m just kidding when I call you crazy, but I’m totally sincere when I say I was so overwhelmed at how many awesome cat owners took part in our Hug-your-Cat day photo contest on our Adopt-a-human facebook page. We had more than 60 submissions, all of them totally hilarious, outrageously cute or super sweet.
And our cat owners’ friends came through in a big way, to vote and ‘like’ their favorites to get them to the top ten for final judging and the big prize. In fact, we had more than 1000 hits in just four days as people got a good laugh and kick out of the funny felines you all submitted to our contest. Our big thanks to Holley Sinn and Jerome Ritchey at Studio 10 who had the seriously tough job of picking the top three pictures and the ultimate winner. (So send your cat hate mail to them. ha!) Without further ado, here are the top three winners:
One of my personal faves came in at #3 and falls in the totally hilarious category. Beckett apparently needs a bit of a bigger bed because his current one is having a tough time containing his bulk. At 27 pounds, Beckett is giving his mom, Kaaren Kane Page the evil eye in this pic, as if to say, ‘Really??? This is a bed for those anorexic size 0 cats! Not a big boned beauty like me. Get with the program woman!” At the very least Beckett, your mom won you a basket full of goodies from the SPCA Tampa Bay boutique and yes, we’ll make sure there are plenty of food goodies in there. Feel better?
Coming in at second place, and at a very young age for such a big honor, Pirate the kitten! Oh, and we must give props to Pirate’s teddy bear as well, since he sorta makes the pic, no? We’re told by Pirate’s foster mom and the very skilled photographer of this shoot, Stephanie Monti, that Pirate wuv’ed his teddy so much and hated to be separated from him. You can see the love in those amazing big blue eyes of his can’t you? I’d say this totally falls into the outrageously cute category and it also won Stephanie and Pirate a cat basket of goodies.
And finally, (drumroll please) we have our winning photo, ‘Mama cat and baby.’ I can hear the oooohs and awwwwws already. There’s just something so super sweet about the love in a mama cat’s eyes for their baby kittens. And that kitty is soooooo tiny! Rich Marker is the proud winner of this picture and this mama cat, and if he’s anything like me, (super softie) he’s also still the owner of that kitten.
You’ll get to meet Rich and mama cat next Wednesday on Studio 10. As part of top prize pack, Rich gets to show off his picture and his cat with me and Holley and Jerome, plus receive a SUPER size cat goodie basket from our SPCA Tampa Bay boutique. Congratulations to Rich and to all our winners! And thanks to everyone for taking part. If you’d like to see all the pictures head to our Adopt-a-human Facebook page. The more people who become fans of Adopt-a-human and SPCA Tampa Bay, interact with us and spread our message, the more shelters cats that are adopted and saved. You CAN make a difference.