Thursday, March 5, 2015

Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest: Please Vote for Dearborn, Michigan Shelter Volunteer, Sue Barna to Help them Win a $25,000 Shelter Makeover!

Purina Cat Chow has selected the Dearborn Animal Shelter as one of 50 cat-focused shelters    nationwide that it’s recognizing during its Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year  Contest.

  It is the ONLY
MIchigan Shelter
that was selected for the contest!

The Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest is honoring and thanking the volunteers who tirelessly care for cats as they await their forever homes and work
 to make their temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places.

Purina Cat Chow asked 50 cat-focused shelters – one in every state – to help identify and share the stories of the volunteers who clean the visiting rooms, foster cats and kittens, and spend countless hours simply petting the cats to keep them calm and happy.
 Each of the 50 shelters nominated one volunteer who works tirelessly
 to create a gentler environment for shelter cats.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
  Sue Barna, pictured with one of her own cat family members

From now until Sunday, March 15, the Dearborn Animal Shelter is asking the metro Detroit community, (and anyone else who would like to help!),  to vote for our shelter volunteer’s story (Sue Barna pictured above), at, to help Sue Barna win a $25,000 makeover for the shelter cats. In addition to the winning makeover, four runners-up volunteers will each win a $5,000 donation for their shelter. Every participating shelter will receive a $1,000 donation, Purina® Cat Chow® Gentle Formula brand food and cat care supplies. 

“The Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest allows us to recognize the hard work and  dedication of one of our volunteers,” said Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn  Animal Shelter. “Our shelter is excited and humbled to be the only shelter selected to represent  Michigan and now needs the community to vote for our volunteer so we can win the $25,000 makeover  donation from Purina Cat Chow.”

The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to use the cash donation to create a gentler environment for cats. I was at the shelter last Fall and I cannot begin to tell you how much winning this prize
 would help them!!!
Photos courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter
  Sue Barna, pictured spending time with shelter cats. 

The Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest will donate nearly $100,000 among the 50 participating shelters in cash donations, cat food and cat care supplies to lessen the stress for cats living in shelters while they await their forever home.

“Each year, millions of cats enter animal welfare organizations. The dedication and hard work of shelter volunteers are critical to these cats’ care,” said Sarah Johnston, Purina Cat Chow brand manager. “We want to recognize the volunteers who make sure shelter cats have a comfortable place to live, access to high-quality nutrition, and provide unconditional support
 while they’re waiting to be adopted.”

This contest is part of the Brand’s “Building Better Lives” program, an ongoing commitment to help improve the lives of cats through rescue, nutrition and adoption support. In three years, the Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program will donate nearly $600,000 to more than 100 local cat-focused shelters nationwide and help improve the lives of more than 86,000 cats.

To  vote in the Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest, visit,
 click on the Building Better Lives campaign,
 click on see volunteers,
 click on Michigan and vote for Sue Barna.   

   About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

   About Dearborn Animal Shelter
  The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road in Dearborn, and is operated by the  Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Main phone (313) 943-  2697 and online Follow the Dearborn Animal Shelter on Facebook and   Twitter


  1. Best of luck to Sue. This link will take you right to her.

    1. I will have to try and remember to check your link tomorrow...I am thinking because I already voted today it DIDN'T take me right to her.

  2. Congratulations on being a Nose to Nose Award finalist! Be nice to Dakota, he may feel left out, but you and your mom can feel real honored!

    1. Thanks so much and huge congratulations to you too!!!!! I know, I feel bad for Dakota. He will get over it!!! Looking forward to seeing you in May!

  3. Wooowooo congrats on being a finalist! $100,000 WOWZA! So cool!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  4. Such a wonderful volunteer and such a great program! We will go snoop it out.

    1. Brian thank you! I truly appreciate that. I was at this shelter last November and they are in dire need of help. Thank you!!

  5. I voted for her! Yay for Michigan rescues/shelters! I really hope that she wins :)

    1. Thank you Robin!!!!!! You can vote daily til the deadline too!!! I wish more people would vote, I try to donate and vote wherever I can for blogging furiends....I guess with local shelters some are just not interested.

  6. Good luck, Michigan shelter!! And congrats to Cody for his awesome picture Nomination. WOOWOO!! - Crepes.

  7. What a wonderful organization! The best of luck to the Michigan group.

  8. Replies
    1. Thanks soooo much!!!! If they win, the kitties at the Shelter will REALLY thank you! You can vote every day through the deadline!

  9. Can we vote too? We will go over and see!

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. Yes I believe so!! Thanks sooo much!!! Hoping people realize this is for the SHELTER not for me!

  10. I will be voting for them. You have always written so many good things about them.

  11. We voted, too:))
    Will try to remember to go back each day...

  12. Voted. Good luck to them.
    Sue B