Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy National Hairball Awareness Day & Victory for Katy Purry and Sayreville Pet Adoption Center!


Fist pumps and paw bumps all around, y'all! National Hairball Awareness Day 2012 has finally arrived, and with it comes news that cat hair Katy Purry has taken the top prize in FURminator's celebrity "FUR creature" contest! What does that mean? It means that thanks to your help, FURminator is donating $1,000 to my chosen animal charity, Sayreville Pet Adoption Center in Sayreville, NJ!

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to sincerely thank every single person who took the time to vote, including my readers, friends, family, and everyone at SPAC. It means the world to me to be able to make this donation, and I couldn't have done it without your support!

Due to the current economic climate, as well as the loss of contracts with local municipalities (due in part to their refusal to euthanize feral cats), SPAC, which is the only no-kill shelter of its kind in the area, is still struggling to keep its doors open. If you would like to make a donation, or live in the area and are thinking of adopting a pet (perhaps one of the lovely kitties I featured during the campaign?), please visit their website for more information. They also have some great local fundraising events coming up that you might be interested in, including a yard sale at the shelter this Sunday, April 29th, "Dining to Donate" at On the Border in New Brunswick on May 1st, and Zumba (my fav!) in South Amboy on June 3rd!

As I've written in the past, my cats LOVE their FURminator grooming tool, and I'm not just saying that because we won their contest. Priscilla, the scardiest of scaredies who runs away if you even look at her sideways, comes running TOWARDS me when the brush comes out, and proceeds to rub her head against it before flopping over in her patented baby-seal-on-its-side pose. I also appreciate that it provides a nice opportunity for bonding time together, as she gets super purry and relaxed, while I generate materials for my next cat hair craft project.

Hairballs are a naturally occurring phenomenon in cats due to their propensity for self grooming, and according to FURminator, a cat can ingest up to 2/3 of their shed hair as they self-groom (blech!). As anyone who's ever had the pleasure of watching a fur induced hackfest or stepped in a gooey pile of fur detritus knows, hairballs are bad news. One easy way to prevent the nasty buggers before they occur, is to engage in regular grooming with a tool (like the FURminator, natch) which helps remove loose hair and undercoat without damaging or cutting the topcoat.

Thank you again to everyone for your support, and to FURminator for inviting me to take part in this awesome competition for the chance to win money for SPAC! If you're interested in picking up a FURminator deShedding product of your own (we use the Small Cat Short Hair deShedding Tool), they are available from authorized retailers such as pet specialty stores, vet clinics, groomers, PetSmart, Petco, and online at www.FURminator.com.

Disclosure: I received a FURminator grooming tool as compensation for participating in the National Hairball Awareness Day program, but all thoughts, opinions, and cat hair Katy Purry's expressed in this post are my own.

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16 comments:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Congratulations on your win and for helping the animal charity.

Catsparella said...

Thank you, Jan! :)

Lois said...

I'm obviously a bit biased as to why, but still, really excited that you won! :) And as a PS - still have my Furminator, used it on my Kitty and it worked darn well! :)

Lois

Ingrid King said...

Congratulations!

Catsparella said...

@Lori Haha, thank you!! Yay, the FURminator rocks! ;)

@Ingrid Thank you!! :)

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Whoo-hoo! Congrats to you and Katy Purry! And the generous donation to the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center will help so many kitties!

Catsparella said...

@Ann Thank you for your friendship and ongoing support! ♥

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey said...

Concats to you and the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center! Your Katy Purry was wonderful and so is the FURminator! We have a household of seven furry felines and they love this product and give it 5 out of 5 paws up!!! This was a great contest and we were thrilled to be able to participate with you!

The Island Cats said...

Congratulations!!

Katie and Glogirly said...

Congratz!!!!!
And YAY for the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center!!!
xo Katie & Glogirly

Catsparella said...

@Deb Thanks so much! I was thrilled to be able to participate with you, too! Yay Ellen!

@The Island Cats Thank you!! I just started reading the Harry Potter series, so I was especially fond of your entry! :D

@Katie and Glogirly Thank you, furriends! xo

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DESERVED!! So happy for Sayreville Pet Adoption!!!

xoxoxo

Catsparella said...

@Caren Thank you for your support!!!! Happy Caturday!! xoxo :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Stephanie and Katy Purry! We are THRILLED to be receiving the $1K donation from Furminator. It will go a long way to help us keep our doors open. Thank you to everyone who voted and God bless. Barbara Keegan, Shelter Director, Sayreville Pet Adoption Center

TAILS FROM THE DOGHOUSE! said...

Aww yay so Happy for you and all the kitties that can find there forever homes ����������

Prudence said...

Congratulations! And yay for the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center too!

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