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DogTime Media, a vertical media community that is pet focused, recently announced the winners of their 2012 DogTime Pet Blog Awards, aka “The Petties.” The awards were broadcast online on on October 12, 2012.

DogTime Media President, Simon Tonner, shared, “I was excited to see such a diverse group of nominees this year, stemming from the over 20,000 nominations and a record level of activity across a variety of social media platforms.”

This year the 2011 Petties recognized many nominees chosen by their fellow bloggers and pet lovers from across the DogTime Media community. Since the inception of the Petties in 2010, a total of $52,000 has been donated to shelters and rescues on behalf of bloggers.

The winners of this year’s awards will each get a $1,000 donation to the non-profit animal shelter or rescue of their choice, along with a custom Petties trophy, a “Petties Winner” badge for their blog site, a package of editorial coverage.

Many of the winners of The Petties were also nominees and/or winners in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogger Awards, which were held red carpet style in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June at the annual BlogPaws conference.

Winners of this year’s Petties were:

Best Designed Blog Deb Barnes for Zee and Zoey Chosen rescue organization: Abandoned Pet Rescue

Best Use of Social Media Blog Paris Permenter for Chosen rescue organization: Animal House Rescue

Funniest Pet Blog Abby Rosenberg for Daisy the Curly Cat Chosen rescue organization: Cats Exclusive

Best Cause Related Blog Alana Miller for Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Chosen rescue organization: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary

Best Blog Post Joanne McGonagle for Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club, “Farewell Eastern Tiger” Chosen rescue organizations: Kitten Associates

Best Cat Blog Ingrid King for The Conscious Cat Chosen rescue organization: Kitten Associates

Best Dog Blog Maggie Marton for Oh My Dog! Chosen rescue organizations: Monroe County Humane Association

Best Overall Pet Blog Lorie Huston for Pet Health Care Gazette Chosen rescue organizations: Nebraska Humane Society

Unsung Hero Award The winner of the Unsung Hero award is Lou Hays, who volunteers at the Humane Society of Cherokee County in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

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