Murrieta’s very own Linda Carroll and her cat Zack have been chosen, out of thousands of video submissions, as Semi-Finalists for “The Friskies.” As you may already know, “The Friskies” is the major award show for best new Internet cat videos of the year. Now, with the public’s vote, these five adorable cats have the chance to reach cat stardom!
Zack is the definition of a survivor—brought in from the street, Linda found him at an animal shelter weighing only 1.8 pounds. The shelter wouldn’t let Linda adopt him until he reached 2 pounds, but even after a regular feeding program he kept losing weight. Linda was able to bring him home as a foster and found out he was actually very sick. After spending upwards of $1,000 on medical bills for an animal that wasn’t even hers, Linda was able to nurse him back to health and now Zack is a healthy and happy 4-year-old.
Zack has the mentality of big hunting cat—he loves to stalk, bite and run—and this hilarious video of him going after his reflection in the mirror is proof positive that he has a little Tiger in him!
As a Finalist, they have the chance to take home a gold-plated Friskies Catuette trophy, a $5,000 cash prize, and even possibly the title of “Best Movie” of 2013.
“The Friskies” Award Show takes place on October 15, 2013. The show will be hosted by comedian and cat owner Michael Ian Black, and broadcast online at www.TheFriskies.com.
“In America, the vote is always in the hands of the people,” said comedian, cat owner and “The Friskies” host Michael Ian Black. “Take advantage of that right and vote for your favorite Internet cat videos at www.TheFriskies.com! It’s time to give back to those cats and their owners who create the videos that get you through work, public transportation and family parties. It just may be the most important thing you do. And you should do it every day."
Voting is open now through noon ET September 16, 2013, at www.TheFriskies.com. Voters may exercise their right once a day per entry, per person, per email address. The 20 Semi-Finalists include five entries in each of four categories: Catventure, Cat Comedy, Rescue Cat, and Pursuit of Food or Treat. Friskies asks voters to consider the judging criteria when voting:
- Originality and overall artistic impression
- Audience appeal and entertainment quality
- Sense that there’s a story being told
- Portraying cat’s perspective
“The Semi-Finalists’ videos showcase amazing variety, and they highlight the personalities of cats and their owners in artistic ways that are fun to watch over and over,” said Shawn Brain, Friskies assistant brand manager. “Every vote counts and the public will be 100 percent responsible for choosing the 12 Finalists to travel to New York City for “The Friskies” Award Show for the opportunity to win each $5,000 category prize and the coveted Fan Favorite. Voters can check back daily to see which videos are in the lead, and watch and share their favorites at TheFriskies.com.”While votes help choose the winners; views, votes and shares help Friskies’ 20 cat charity partners work toward their goal of earning 250,000 cans of Friskies. As part of the “Share to Care” program, Friskies Facebook fans can help boost the total donation beyond 250,000 cans during the voting period. For every video vote at www.TheFriskies.com, Friskies will donate one additional can of cat food to the cat charity partners, up to 25,000 cans. To date, the community has helped the 20 charities earn more than 40,000 additional cans of Friskies.
—News release submitted by Friskies®