2002 Special Award Winners
AWARD # 1:
FRISKIES® PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Comments: "The articles are well written and informative. They seem to reach a wide audience with good, varied information. In addition to great medical and behavioral Q&A's, he has written some great columns on animal-related subjects from pet insurance to search and rescue dogs."
IAMS® CAT FOOD RESPONSIBLE CAT OWNERSHIP AWARD
Comments: "I found The Complete Guide to Cat Care by Wendy Christensen and the staff of the Humane Society of the United States to be an easy choice for first place. While there are many cat care guides in the marketplace, this one does not take a stuffy textbook approach. It is written with a true appreciation of the nature and needs of the cat and communicates this information in a most interesting and readable manner form the first to the last page. The subject matter includes an extensive treatment of the psychological and emotional needs of the cat-an important topic that is often overlooked in cat care books. Cat ownership is a privilege and this book will provide cat owners with the information they need to provide compassionate and responsible care."
MERIAL HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND AWARD
Comments: "What a project. I laughed, cried and learned a lot from the materials you sent. Thanks for giving me this opportunity. The book "Kitty Stuff" by Jodi Alessandrini and Kathy Kinser gets my vote as the best all round product. This cleverly written book is a purrfect way to commit the entire family to the needs and well being of a feline family member. Through all phases of the kitty's life there are educational tips to share, clever quips, and places to document your special kitty's life stages and experiences. In addition to reminders of regularly needed vet visits, the health care sections list physical indicators to alert you to signs your friend may need to go to the veterinarian. A round-of-a-paws to the best content and illustrated kitty life book I have ever read."
PET CARE FORUM VETERINARY ISSUES AWARD
Comments: "Based on the criteria set forth for the winning article-best article informing the general cat-owing public about technical advances and innovations in feline veterinary medicine-I've selected Roxanne Snopek's article on feline dentistry as the outstanding article.
PURINA® CAT CHOW® NUTRITION AWARD
Comments: "The article is well-written, easily understandable, and timely. It explores the question from various angles, and gives appropriate cautions for owners interested in these supplements. (Ms. Wolfson's article on Herbal Medicine was also excellent, and would have been my first choice, except that it really has nothing to do with nutrition!)"
PURINA® SPECIAL CARE® HEALTH AWARD
Comments: "This was a really difficult decision! It really came down to two pieces that were the most difficult to decide between. The reason for the difficulty is that they both address relevant, emerging issues facing cats and cat guardians: pain and cognitive dysfunction.
PURINA® KITTEN CHOW® KITTEN AWARD
Comments: "I thought this book was very complete and addressed the most important aspects of kitten care. I especially liked the fact that Shojai addressed society's penchant for the "disposable" - reminding people that acquiring a pet means "for life," not just until the cuteness wears off. Good use throughout of visual aids that help focus the readers' attention on important information. The only subject that was not touched on, and should be in future versions, was that of legislative issues and how important it is that pet owners fight coercive legislation in their communities."
TIDY CATS® FELINE BEHAVIOR AWARD
Comments: "I like this book because it presents comprehensive and up-to-date information on caring for and living with cats, as well as for solving common problems. Good solid information is presented in a straightforward, organized way that does not get silly or anthropomorphic. The author demonstrates appreciation for felines, and encourages owners to be advocates for pets."
PEERLESSHEALTH CATALYST AWARD
Comments: "It was a tough call between the entries. The reasons that I chose Kari Winters' article are as follows: Hers was an article I would happily see disseminated to every cat owner for it accuracy, usefulness and clarity. She took on a topic-visiting the veterinarian's office-that is potentially fraught with bias and emotion, and presented it in a clearheaded, no-nonsense and fair manner. From start to finish, her article was filled with useful points and tips, with nary an extraneous sentence or word. While unquestionably addressed to the cat owner, she has written an article I have no doubt veterinarians would be pleased to hand out to their clients, as she admirably expresses their point of view in a way that laypeople can easily understand. I have high hopes that Kari Winters, with the encouragement of the Peerless Health CATalyst Award, will continue to write such accessible and level-headed articles on essential topics in the difficult and sometimes neglected field of feline health-improving cat owners' knowledge of and sensitivity to their cats' well-being."
ASPCA SPECIAL HUMANE AWARD
Comments: "I selected Ann Fisher's book for several reasons. First, she addressed a very timely topic and that is what to do with stray and feral cats. This concern is none that perplexes many individuals in communities throughout America, and her work approaches the concern with a wealth of information. She discusses the tragedy of pet overpopulation with this group of animals in particular, and she also suggests ways to prevent the cruelty that many of these cats suffer. Second, she writes in a simple, sequential and informative style. A person could come to the work with no knowledge or a wealth of questions and still find the chapters that pertain to each individual's questions. Furthermore, she presents a work that is clear and concise in its explanations. Lastly, I found her appendix quite helpful. She presents not only a discussion of some serious issues related to stray/feral cats, but she also provides her reader with a wealth of resources, including groups addressing the feral cat problem, spay/neuter programs, equipment suppliers, etc. overall, I believe her book best adheres to the guidelines set forth."
AWARD #11:STICKY PAWS TRAINING AWARD
Barbara Florio Graham, "Training a Cat Like a Dog"
Comments: "I felt that Barbara Florio Graham's article, "Training a Cat Like a Dog," did a very nice job of presenting the patient, take-it-as-it-comes style needed to train cats. Her five Rs of Respect, Respond, Reward, Reinforce and Repeat are an apt reminder of how to go about the process of training. I thought that her attention to the concept that you work with the natural behavioral tendencies of your cat will certainly help the average cat owner understand how to get started, and proceed successfully."
SHOJAI MENTOR AWARD
AWARD #13KUYKENDALL IMAGE AWARD
Catherine Crawmer, "Cat Jumping"
Award: a commemorative plaque
CWA PRESIDENT'S AWARD
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