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Cynthia Gutschenritter
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Last fall, when a friend sent Cynthia Gutschenritter information about a national contest, she never expected to win a grand prize.

Three years ago, Gutschenritter bottle-fed an orphaned litter of kittens and adopted the little gray and white kitten with the stubby tail in the litter.

One afternoon, the kitten, named Belle, was intrigued with Styrofoam packing peanuts and Gutschenritter video taped Belle rolling, leaping and playing with the peanuts, which stuck to her because of static electricity.

The video was submitted to Del Monte's 9Lives contest in October and claimed top prize.

"I never expected to win," Gutschenritter said.

The video can be seen on 9lives-morris-rescue-watch-contest as well as on YouTube. The contest video entries were judged upon entertainment, relevance to the promotion of rescuing cats and quality of the video.

9Lives awarded both Belle and Gutschenritter some nice prizes -- a year supply of cat food for Belle and $3,000 for Gutschenritter, to be given to an animal rescue of her choice.

Gutschenritter is a 14-year volunteer at North Platte Animal Shelter, so she chose the shelter as the recipient.

However, the contest guidelines and the shelter's status as a municipal facility prohibited the shelter from receiving the donation directly. Not to be discouraged, Gutschenritter asked Paws-itive Partners for help.

Paws-itive Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accepted the grand prize on Gutschenritter's behalf and the $3,000 check was awarded last week.

Gutschenritter, Paws-itive Partners and North Platte Animal Shelter are brainstorming how to use the donation, said Jo Mayber of Paws-itive Partners. Several projects are under consideration.

Gutschenritter wants her grand prize to help cats and dogs at the shelter while they wait to be adopted.

She has a history of caring for animals.

In 2000, she and her daughters started taking pictures, and later videos, at North Platte Animal Shelter, hoping it would help shelter animals find homes. She posts them on the city-government television channel.

Gutschenritter has taken care of pregnant cats and bottle-fed numerous kittens. At one time last summer, she and her husband John provided a home to 15 kittens from four different litters. She has also fostered dogs and adopted a ferret, chickens, bunnies and ducks from the shelter.

To watch the video, click HERE.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/26/2013
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