We had an overwhelming show of support for all ten finalists in this year’s $1,000 Catification Makeover sponsored by The Vertical Cat! We received 22,659 total votes. Clearly all of these organizations are doing excellent work and each one of them deserves to win!

Competition for the top spot was fierce! We are pleased to announce the first place winner of this year’s contest is Cat’s Cradle Shelter in Fargo, North Dakota with 5,774 votes! Congratulations! These lucky cats will receive the grand prize package including a phone consultation with the “Catification Team,” Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell and Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther. We will work together with the team from The Vertical Cat to plan a spectacular new room using $1,000 worth of Vertical Cat climbing products. Cat’s Cradle will even get to choose a custom finish for their snazzy new setup!

But that’s not all! We have something for all of the finalists! Here are the final standings:

  • 2nd place – Puffy Paws Kitty Haven – Englewood, FL with 3,861 votes
  • 3rd place – Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County – Vero Beach, FL with 3,529 votes
  • 4th place – Colony Cats (& Dogs) – Dublin, OH with 2,204 votes
  • 5th place – Tree House Humane Society – Chicago, IL with 1,928 votes
  • 6th place – Hobo Hotel for Cats, Inc. – Lake Charles, LA with 1,663 votes
  • 7th place – Save The Animals Rescue Team II (S.T.A.R.T. II) – Englewood, NJ with 1,423 votes
  • 8th place – HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team of Maine) – Cumberland, ME with 839 votes
  • 9th place – PAWsitively Cats – Tucson, AZ with 803 votes
  • 10th place – Friends of Cats – El Cajon, CA with 635 votes

Here are the goodies you’ll all be getting:


Auntie Em Creations is going to work with the second place finalist to create a custom configured 5-tier Cat Condo, plus they are giving the third place finalist a Bunk Bed, and BOTH the fourth and fifth place finalists will receive a Single-tier Hammock.


The second and third place finalists will each receive a 3 Ramp Wall Package and a set of Cat-Themed Wall Decals compliments of


The second place thru tenth place finalists will each receive a 23″ Cat Shelf from The Vertical Cat.


All ten finalists will receive prize packages including a Valerian Spiced Kitty Cuddler Cat Toy from Plain Brown Tabby; Lion Lures from Tiger Teasers; a case of 12 cage scratchers from Stretch & Scratch; and an assortment of designer cat toys from Hauspanther.

Thanks to everyone who nominated a shelter and who voted. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and especially to Kathie from The Vertical Cat for all her hard work making this contest happen for a second year!  We will be in touch with all the finalists shortly to get your prizes to you.