There are thousands of cat websites across the internet and we are thrilled that AskTheCatDoctor was chosen as the winner in the Readers Choice Awards in the category of Best Cat Health Website.
We are so thankful for all who voted for us and made us the winners of this incredible honor! For those who don't already know the history behind the awards, please read on.
What Are the Readers' Choice Awards?
In 2008, About.com began their Readers’ Choice Awards program, beginning in their technology channel. Over the years, the awards have expanded to include many other categories, bringing recognition to a variety of best products, features and services. This year, 2012, there were literally hundreds of categories included from technology to hobbies to pets to sports.
"Dr. Neely, I feel I must take a moment to thank you & tell you how very much appreciated you are. Before I found your website here, I tried in vain searching the internet to find someone who would answer a few concerns I had about my kitties without charging me what I consider to be a lot of money for 30 seconds of their time. Every penny counts in this economy. You are the only Cat Doctor I've found who gives of yourself this way & I can't thank you enough for your kindness & generosity. I don't know you & will likely never have the honor of meeting you, but it's obvious to me you are a wonderful person.
Again, I thank you! And my kitties thank you (Lovie, Leah, Lily, Flower, Zaphod, C.C., Beau Beau & Spencer. All rescues)."
How does the program work?
In January, readers submitted nominations and then the Ask.com experts chose up to 5 finalists in each category. The finalists were announced February 22nd and voting began for the winner in each category. Voting was held through 3/21/12, and winners this year were announced on March 30th, 2012.
What does a winner of a category receive as a prize?
The winner in each category receives the good feelings that come with knowing that their hard work was appreciated by their readers ...and that’s better than any monetary or gift prize!
Winning can also bring recognition that may lead to other methods of support for the Cat Doctor website enabling us to continue bringing you so much free information and answering so many questions for free on a daily basis.
How many Cat categories are there?
There are 7 categories of awards related to cat websites. They include such things as Best Cat Website, Best Cat Health Website, Best Cat Book, Best Cat Non-Profit Organization, and one of my personal favorites, Best Pro-Claws Website!
In what category was the AskTheCatDoctor website chosen as the winner?
I feel very honored to have been chosen as the winner in the Best Cat Health Website Category. This category was for cat websites which are managed by Veterinary Colleges, a veterinarian or organization of veterinarians, or other expert in the veterinary profession. The ideal candidate is said to be one that presents information in a professional manner, but in language that the average lay person can understand. The information should also be provided at no cost.
My Thanks to All of You!
Many of you have found all the free information on our website to be helpful and I greatly appreciate all of the support and kind words as we competed to win this award.
The kindness and gratitude you have all expressed during my nomination mean the world to me. Thank you all for showing such tremendous support and for making this award possible! With 85% of the winning vote, I couldn't be more honored to be the top on your list of cat websites!
I would also like to thank About.com and, in particular, Franny Syufy, the About.com Guide to Cats, for her excellent management of the cat section of the Reader's Choice Awards. If About.com could have included themselves as a nominee for this honor, I would have had a fearsome opponent in Franny!
For the official winner announcement and to read Franny's blog, see the Seven Winners in About.com Cats Categories.