– Grand Prize to Bonnie Rodgers of The Mutt Hutt and Secondhand Mutts Rescue –

RIALTO, Calif., June 28, 2013 – Innovacyn Inc. has announced winners in its Vetericyn Groomers to the Rescue shelter animal makeover competition.

Bonnie Rodgers, salon manager and lead groomer of The Mutt Hutt in Cleveland, Ohio, took home the grand prize after partnering with Secondhand Mutts Rescue and grooming Fergus, a Scottish terrier who was adopted soon after his makeover. Bonnie won more than $1,000 in prizes, including the new Volt cordless clipper from Oster and products from Vetericyn, Puracyn, John Paul PetSalon, Pet Paint, Dog for Dog, Frosty Bowlz, earthbath, American Red Cross, Dog’s Best and Cesar Millan Inc. Secondhand Mutts Rescue and Fergus were also awarded more than $400 in products.

The contest, which was open to professional groomers in the U.S. and Canada, asked groomers to make over an animal in need at a shelter or rescue organization. Voting, based on before/after photos, took place online. More than 70 entries were submitted.

Four runner-up winners were also named, each receiving prize packages worth more than $600:

– Rachel Grant of Bridgehampton, N.Y., partnered with Southhampton Animal Shelter and groomed Kia, a one-year-old blond mixed breed

– Casey Mabardy of Durty Harry’s in Brookline, Mass., partnered with Poodle Rescue of New England and groomed Sable, a seven-year-old toy poodle

– Katie Polczinski of Parkside Animal Care Center in Green Bay, Wis., partnered with Green Bay Animal Rescue and groomed Shirley, a Chow

– Yvonne Steeves of Puddy n’ Pooch Palace in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, partnered with St. John SPCA/Animal Rescue League and groomed Louis, a terrier mix.

View the transformative pictures of the five winners here:

“We were inspired by the number of groomers who took the time to really change the lives of these animals and their future families. We heard story after heartwarming story of animals who were adopted almost immediately following their makeovers,” said Tabitha Cromer, marketing communications manager of Innovacyn.

As a thank you to the groomers who donated their time and talent to help animals in need find a home, every entrant received a free bottle of Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care.

About Vetericyn

Vetericyn products are available in both liquid and hydrogel form, and include wound and skin care sprays, ear rinse, eye wash and ophthalmic gel. All Vetericyn products dry on freshly groomed pets with no sticky, oily or odorous residue. In addition to OTC management of minor wounds, scratches and hot spots, Vetericyn can be used to soothe irritated skin resulting from clipper burn, to help prevent bumps and irritation from hand-stripping, and to control ear conditions such as Cocker ear. Groomers interested in ordering Vetericyn for use or sale in their salons can find a distributor by calling (877) 572-5455.

About Innovacyn Inc.

Based in Rialto, Calif., Innovacyn Inc. is a privately held company that provides premier human and animal healthcare products based on advanced scientific research. For more information about Innovacyn, visit To learn more about Innovacyn’s products for the human market, visit, and for animals, visit All Innovacyn products are made in the U.S.A.

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