GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 17 /PRNewswire/ — BISSELL Homecare, Inc. today announced the winners of its third annual Most Valuable Pet (MVP) Contest. Gracey, a mixed domestic short-hair feline, triumphed over nearly 50,000 entrants to claim the title of 2010 MVP Grand Prize Winner.
From January through March, pet owners submitted photos of their four-legged friends and campaigned for the title of Most Valuable Pet for the chance to be featured on BISSELL pet product packaging. The grand prize winner will also receive $10,000 for the pet cause of their choice, plus a $500 “Perfect For You And Your Pet” shopping spree. Runners up will be awarded an additional $8,000 to benefit their pets’ favorite causes.
Grand prize winner, Gracey, from New Lexington, Ohio was not yet weaned when she was abandoned as a kitten at a local dog pound and suffers from allergies and digestive issues that require special food. With the love and care of her pet parents, Joanne McGonagle and Paul Dusenberry, she has blossomed into a beautiful and playful feline who enjoys throwing dirt out of a fig tree planter. Gracey is the inspiration behind the children’s book The Tiniest Tiger and the Conservation Cub Club, a feline education and support community.
Joanne plans to donate the $10,000 grand prize to PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary, a non-profit hospice for senior and special needs cats living with disease or behavior issues. It is one of a very few feline-specific hospices. Gracey and Joanne once shared their home with Hazel, a 19-year old domestic short-hair feline. Caring for Hazel during her final senior years and managing Gracey’s health challenges helped Joanne understand and appreciate PurrEver Ranch’s commitment to supporting cats with special needs. The Somerville Tennessee Ranch, which was founded by Rita Wood, will use the money to secure permanent housing for and continue to care for cats. Gracey will be featured on the Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum.