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Area cat owner in Friskies finals

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Lilac and Linus

Lilac and Linus

It’s time to determine which Internet cats have what it takes to earn one of “The Friskies” coveted catuettes, and among those in the competition is Hazel Green’s Sara Frye and her cats Lilac and Linus.

Friskies opened voting to the public recently to find the next Internet cat superstar with the third annual “The Friskies” — the awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year. Now through Sept. 8, fans can vote for their favorite cat videos and help donate food to shelter cats in need. Visit www.TheFriskies.com to start voting.

Friskies has enlisted the help of YouTube.com celebrities to serve as captains for each of the four “The Friskies” categories and to help announce the finalists on whom America will vote. Grace Helbig (Funny), Zach King (Epic), Will Braden (Strange) and Jesse Wellens (Res-cute) assisted in driving more than 2,000 entries and will be revealing the 12 finalists, three from each of the four categories. Now it’s up to America to vote for the winners.

Sara Frye of Hazel Green, Ala, and cats Lilac and Linus have been chosen out of thousands of video submissions as finalists for “The Friskies” 2014. Now, with the public’s vote, Lilac and Linus have the chance to reach cat stardom. Watch Lilac and Linus’ video, in which newborn kitten Lilac gives her equally adorable brother Linus a bath with kisses.

To make sure they get the votes they need to be the winner of their category, “Rescute” and even perhaps the grand prize winner of “The Friskies”, it will take the community’s support.

As a finalist, they have the opportunity to take home one of “The Friskies” coveted gold-plated catuette and up to $25,000 in cash.

Plus every vote for a finalist video equals one can of Friskies wet cat food donated to a shelter partner, up to 250,000 cans and a monetary donation of more than $20,000 to shelter partners.

“We’re so impressed with the quality of the finalist cat videos; this is the third year of “The Friskies” and the videos just keep getting better,” said Whitney Evans, Friskies assistant brand manager. “Be sure to visit TheFriskies.com daily to cast your vote for America’s next internet cat superstar and help feed shelter cats in need. You can watch cats while you help cats; it doesn’t get better than that.”

Visitors toTheFriskies.com may vote daily; one vote per video, per person every day. Friskies asks voters to consider the judging criteria when voting: originality and overall artistic impression, audience appeal and entertainment quality, sense that they’re’ a story being told and portraying a cat’s perspective.

The video that receives most votes in each category will be deemed the winner of that category. Each of the four category winners will take home $5,000 in cash as well as a golden catuette to commemorate the win.