Company’s Commitment to America’s pet community continues
BISSELL Homecare, Inc.today announced the winners of its third annual Most Valuable Pet (MVP)
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.
“Our furry friends are the inspiration behind our products and we enjoy capturing and
showcasing the passion and love for America’s pets through the MVP contest,” says Jim Krzeminski, BISSELL's
executive vice president and chief customer officer. “As pet owners ourselves, we are aware of the numerous pet
programs and charities that exist, their wonderful
That’s why BISSELL is once again honoring the value of pets by awarding an additional prize to one of the semifinalists. In 2008, BISSELL recognized the outstanding campaigns of dogs Bailey and Dash with donations to their favorite charities. And when BISSELL learned that additional funding was needed to help the recipients of the 2009 Grand Prize obtain an assistance dog, the winners were surprised with the full amount needed.
The entrants in the 2010 Most Valuable Pet Contest overwhelmed the judges with stories of pets who have conquered illnesses and injuries, capturing the hearts of their communities. In recognition of these pets, BISSELL is awarding Jamie – the first place winner in week 11 – with an Honorable Mention, and a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice.
Grand Prize: Gracey
Grand prize winner, Gracey, from New Lexington, OH 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
Joanne plans to donate the $10,000 grand prize to PurrEver Ranch
Rainbow Diamond, a Chocolate Long Hair Dapple Dachshund and the second prize winner from
San Antonio, TX was rescued from a breeding mill. At the time, Holly and Sean Hirshberg took her in as a foster pet
but soon fell in love and made her a permanent member of their family. Rainbow Diamond loves to tear up
Bianca is a Marbled Bengal cat, a descendant of a cross between an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat. She lives in Dennis Port, MA with her brother, a brown spotted Bengal, and two additional felines. She loves to stand on her owner’s lap, dancing and purring, or zoom around the house, chasing her brother, Bela. Bianca’s pet parent, Marcia Martin, works closely with the Bengal Rescue Network's foster caregivers. She will be donating the $1,000 prize money to the non-profit group, which is dedicated to the health, welfare and happiness of the Bengal breed. Look for Bianca on the SpotBot® Pet.
Always enthusiastic and ready to go, Scooter, an Old English Sheepdog, lives in Daytona
Beach, FL. He lives with his older brother, Nikki, and Bitsy, a cat. His parents, Dan Rubin and Linda Allen, made
the trip to Knoxville, TN, to rescue him and brought Scooter home on Thanksgiving Day, the day they celebrate his
birthday. pScooter’s $1,000 prize will be donated to Concerned Citizens for Animal
Bear, a Huskie mix from Carol Stream, IL, loves to sleep on the couch and chew on squeaky toys. He shares his home with Zeus, a black Lab Greyhound mix, and Crash, a Great Pyrenees mix. Bear’s pet parent, Christopher Kane, will donate the $1,000 prize money to Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control, the shelter from which Bear was adopted. Bear will be featured on the Pet Hair Eraser® vacuum.
Honorable Mention: Jamie
A Basset Hound with a sweet disposition, Jamie, from Las Vegas, NV, loves to eat
homemade dog biscuits.
BISSELL supports the pet community through partnerships with pet adoption organizations like Petfinder, the Kent County Humane Society, LostPetUSA.net and North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), and by sponsoring such events as Furry Scurry, BlockTail Party® and NSALA’s Adoptathon. The company is committed to providing pet owners with effective, easy-to-use pet clean-up products. For information on the complete line up of BISSELL pet products, cleaning tips and more, visit the online Pet Lovers Community at www.bissell.com/pets.
About BISSELL Homecare, Inc .
A 134-year-old company, Grand Rapids-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc., is the top-selling brand in floor care appliances in North America* with an expanding presence worldwide. As an innovator of cleaning products, BISSELL produces and sells vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, bare floor cleaners and cleaning formulas at retail locations across the globe. The company is in its fourth generation of family leadership.
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