NBC UNIVERSAL’S PETSIDE.COM NAMES “TOP 25 PET PEOPLE OF 2010”
Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz included On List of Extraordinary Newsmakers, With Emmy-Award Winners, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Ray, and Betty White Rounding Out The List
New York, NY (December 21, 2010) – As 2010 comes to an end, Petside.com (www.petside.com), the preeminent site for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, has released its first-ever list of the “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” (http://www.petside.com/photos/top-10-lists/25-pet-people-of-2010/). The list, which includes both unsung heroes and celebrity activists such as Ellen DeGeneres, Elayne Boosler and Betty White, is led by one extraordinarily generous dermatologist from Denver, Colorado, Dr. Leslie Capin, who donated $1 million in contest winnings to several local animal shelters.
“Whether it was organizing efforts to help animals in Haiti, rescuing 100 beagles from a bankrupt testing lab in New Jersey, or photographing homeless animals for adoption, so many pet-lovers raised awareness and donated resources for the benefit of pets everywhere,” said Wendy Toth, Editor of Petside.com. “Petside’s list recognizes these extraordinary people and their effect on the pet community.”
Petside based the rankings on the individual’s impact on the welfare of pets, the public profile of pets in need and on their ability to inspire others to action. Ranging from public figures to everyday citizens, animal-loving tweens and reformed bad-boys, Petside.com’s “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” runs the gamut of headline-making newsmakers.
At the top of the list are:
1.) Leslie Capin – Won $1 million in cute dog contest and gave it to shelters.
2.) Ellen DeGeneres – Donated 5,000 meals from her pet food company to a pet food bank.
3.) Cathy King, DVM – Founder of World Vets; deployed a team to help pets in Haiti.
4.) Matt DeAngelis – Helped organize rescue of over 100 beagles from bankrupt testing lab.
5.) Oprah Winfrey– Publicized her adoption of two dogs from a Chicago no-kill shelter.
6.) Mike Arms – Creator of Iams® Home 4 The Holidays which set its highest goal ever this year.
7.) Betty White – Posed with hunks for a 2011 wall calendar and donated royalties to a shelter.
8.) Paula Abdul – Spokeswoman for the American Humane Association’s Pets and Women’s Shelters Program.
Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz is listed at number 23
For the full list of Petside’s 25 Pet People of the Year and to read profiles on each, go to the list.
Petside.com (http://www.petside.com/) was created by Digital Works@NBCU, a division of iVillage, in partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., as a comprehensive source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most out of life. Offering customized content and a highly personalized experience, Petside.com is ranked among the top 5 pet Web sites and offers unique editorial features, expert Q&A’s, tools and how-to videos.