California Pet Lover Wins First Charmed by the Love Contest

Cassandra Darens Cat

Cassandra Darens of San Bernadino has won the Charmed by the Love Contest prize package. She’s also doing her part during the COVID-19 outbreak to help shelter pets by designating the cash donation portion to the Humane Society of San Bernadino.

The contest is in honor of’s 20th anniversary. In addition to the donation, Darens won a Melissa and Doug stuffed “Lola” Labrador and one of the popular and versatile Heart-Paw charms exclusively designed by Elena Kriegner. She also won the prestigious American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) Decoding Your Cat book due to be published in June. Nineteen more contests are planned, watch and follow Instagram @Goodnewsforpets for the next contest opening soon!

The Grand Prize will include a collection of products valued at up to $500 including items featuring the winner’s favorite breed or pet, Heart-Paw earrings exclusively designed by Elena Kreigner and an additional $2,000 donation to the Grand Prize winner’s local rescue or shelter of their choice. This shelter or rescue will also be featured on Charmed by the Love of A Labrador Art 1401 Charmed by the Love of A Labrador Contest Prizes

The first promotion is the Charmed by the Love of a Labrador Contest, which begins February 27 and ends March 20, 2020. The special prize is a giant Melissa & Doug “Lola” Labrador in honor of America’s #1 favorite breed and’s own Lola. The winner will also receive a Heart-Paw Charm, a choice of a prestigious American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) Decoding Your Dog or Decoding Your Cat book, and a personal donation will be made to a local shelter or rescue of the winner’s choice. The local shelter will also be highlighted on To enter the Charmed by the Love of a Labrador Contest, click here.

“ACVB is pleased to join in celebrating its 20th anniversary with the Charmed by the Love contest. Unwanted behavior is the number one reason dogs and cats are relinquished to shelters and we welcome the opportunity to have one more way to educate the public about the importance of solving pet behavior issues with science-based training,”said Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB, president of ACVB.

For two decades, has celebrated the pet-loving community with direct donations and storytelling with posting of content, services and contests that feature donations to shelters and/or rescues of each winners’ choice.  Brands and affiliate programs underwrite the site with sponsored content. To find out more about the digital platform and how to participate in this contest, brands and organizations can contact Lea-Ann Germinder directly at

“As we continue the 20th anniversary year celebration of, we are thrilled to offer a contest that celebrates the love of our pets, educates about behavior and helps less fortunate pets find their forever homes.  We look forward to sharing these stories and are delighted to once again have one of our legacy partners, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and other partners join in the celebration,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, Founder and Publisher of is the publishing platform of Germinder + Associates, Inc. It combines an award-winning website and social media channels to curate news of interest and importance to pet parents, veterinary professionals and the pet industry. Editorial, contests, sponsored content distribution and advertising is available. Contact Lea-Ann Germinder at or 917-334-8682. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. #Goodnewsforpets20

*This Melissa & Doug stuffed Labrador is intended for children and adults and is not a pet toy.

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