* THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
The ViaGen Pets team were so appreciative of all the kind comments and support they received from our post: “Would You Consider Cloning Your Cat?” that they graciously donated a FREE Genetic Preservation (GP) for one lucky winner’s cat.
Retail value is $1,600.00. Pretty amazing huh!
To enter the contest each participant had to submit a comment in our “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom saying:
I have a cat named [insert your cat’s name]. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for [insert your cat’s name] it would mean the following to me [insert your reason(s)]
- This contest was available to U.S. residents only that were at least 18 years of age
- The contest started on Mar. 1st, 2017 and ended on Mar. 17th, 2017
- The winner was selected by the ViaGen team from all qualified entries and notified by email
- The winner will remain confidential and no names will be published
- The winner is responsible for all associated vet costs to procure the DNA sample from their cat
- ViaGen will fully cover the cost of shipping the GP kit to/from your vet, the genetic processing and 1 full year of storage at their facility
- The winner was under no obligation to continue storage and can cancel at anytime.
Enjoy the comments that our readers submitted…we certainly did!
This haD to be one of the most interesting contests we ever run. There were mixed emotions about the whole topic of pet cloning so be sure to read our full post here => Cloning Your Cat
I have a cat named Brandy. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Contest Preservation Contest (GP), it would mean the following to me-my kitty would be cloned and there would be more than one of her. She is simply purrfect and more than one of her needs to exist.
I have a cat named Pumpkin Oreo Cookie, Oree’ for short. If I were fortunate to win the ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Oree’ it would mean the following to me: I have owned many cats but Oree’ has been one of my favorites. I had owned many breeds but never a Callico like her. She is true Calico, ie. feisty, beautiful, loving, funny, elegant, caring, proud, walks tall with tail straight up. I want her with me for the rest of my life. I cannot imagine being without her. Had two other cats I could say that about but Oree’ has topped them all. She brings a smile to my lips every time I see her. I have lost so many cat friends but not her! This would mean if she were to leave me I could still have her essence with me. Thanks!
I have a cat named KOË If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for KOË it would mean the following to me… He is a rare breed (LaPerm) and very old. The breed has sadly been diluted and distorted by crossing with other breeds and domestics in order to broaden the gene pool, so the bloodlines are muddled now. KOË happens to be the grandson of the founding cat of this breed, whose name was Curly…. being able to preserve and reproduce him would not just mean something to me, personally, but would be an incredible help to a small, rare, beautiful breed. KOË is 14 years old. He was somehow thrown away by his original owners and left wandering the streets. I rescued him, tracked down his breeder and know exactly where he came from. He is the most gentle, loving, sweet natured cat. And I am so afraid of the day when I will have to say goodbye to him. He’s aging rapidly. Please give him, his breed, and me a chance to continue.
If I could I would vote for you and KOE. This brought tears to my eyes.
Mine too. 🙁
I have a cat named Medea. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Medea it would mean the following to me because she means everything to me. She can sense when I am stressed out and she calms me down. She has been there when I have been very depressed.
This would be a dream come true; why? As much as we love all the pets we have in our lifetime, I believe, and so many others I know agree, that there is usually one who just stands out, is like no other ever encountered, the pet of one’ slice; Mine was a precious golden Persian named Chippendale (nicknamed Chips) While all my cats before him had been rescued/from shelters, I had always dreamed of just once having a Persian, from kittenhood, so went to a recommended breeder who had a new litter of just 2, a white little girl and her little golden brother (my chips) Needlesd to say it was love at first sight and I actually was going to take them both however the breeder said Chips had a significant heart murmur, was easily fatigued, not gaining weight and would likely need to be euthanized as he was not able to be sold and she was not taking on the type of expense a cardiac cat would likely require that’s all I needed to hear; both he and his sister came home with me! He was sweet beyond words; insanely affectionate, and somehow I think knew I had saved him so very sadly (but also miraculously) when I took him to a veterinary cardiologist of world class caliber at Tufts Veterinary School which I am lucky enough to live close to, the news was devasting; his heart was a train wreck! The Vet was blown away however as my little chips should have been stillborn; if born alive he shouldn’t have survived more than a day or two;!if somehow made it through weaning at 20!weeks and with contoued growth and development and the strain of that at best with premier medical care the life expectancy was 6 months well Chios had fought hard enough to make it this far and he certainly deserved a chance to make it further! And for me 6 months it’s Chips was better than no time with him at all he lived for 21/2 years!!!! A medical miracle and in Journals worldwide as a result. It was a commitment though; he was on Digoxin, Lasix, Plavix, got cardiac ultrasounds 4ties a year and saw the cardiologist monthly but he filled my life with a joy and love I had never experienced with any pet before him; and he was the happiest little thing despite his limitations and had a capacity to live that it is impossible to put into words the final back story, a bit humorous ironically) is because of his cardiac issues, any anesthesia would have killed him; so neutering was out of the question; though the vet stressed Chips would not be able to mate due to his heart problems; plus as his sister was spayed there was no issue and they are indoor only (as all cats should be) I ended up getting a 3rd Persian, a little girl, from a different breeder an healthy I every wayb(even genetically tested this breeder was incredible) I wanted Chips sister to have a friend well established for that sad day that would eventually come when Chips would leave us FF to the somewhat humorous and I am convinced fate, that 1) the new girl went into heat extraordinarily early; almost unheard of, at 4 months; 2)!Chips managed to mate with her, despite the vet saying it was not possible; 3)!and out of that came a singular, just one (also so rare) MALE kitten 100% healthy who personality wise, affection wise, even mannerism wise, was a clone of my beloved Chips; BORN 1 DAYbafter he died! It was eerie how I felt Chips was somehow within him; this precious soul is my now 5 year old “Giblet” of note Chips was so much my life and I was so desperate to exhaust every possibility that I cashed in my 401K to have him receive the one hope left, open heart surgery, never before done in the world except experimentally in healthy test subject cats; none too successfully so we travelled together to Michigan State Veterinary Hospital, the only place in the world where it was available (and only for dogs) and I managed to convince them to perform their first one on Chips; that is where we said good bye; he didn’t make it, but my heart is filled with gratitude for that final chance they gave him and likewise with joy because it advanced vet knowledge exponentially (and yes he is world reknowned for that as well!) so the day after my return (and yes with Chips as he was going to be cremated and his ashes with me forever) his little son was born; healthy and every bit of his Spirit, personality, mannerisms, everything, there in this singualr kitten SO if this had been available back then, or had I known about it, I could have done it with Chips; now I feel I have another chance, with his little boy Giblet, who at 5 I obviously will long outlive; I would give the world if I was given this second chance❤
I really hope you read these and it’s not just a drawing😌
I have a cat named Nadia. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Nadia it would mean the following to me:
Nadia is a space cat who bumped her head when her ship crash landed in Tampa. We found her at the humane society. Cloning her would enable her to have a better chance of reaching the stars.
I have a cat named Galaxy. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Galaxy it would mean the following to me i could always have my gorgeous cat by my side. I can never have another orig Galaxy but i could have a beautiful duplucate.
I have a cat named Harlow adopted from a rescue 2 years ago. She is a silver shaded who was left in a cage at a shopping mall. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Harlow it would mean the world to me. Approximately 1 year ago Harlow was diagnosed with renal disease and given months to live. We are guessing this is why she was abandoned. She receives daily IV treatments and has beat all odds given for survival. Although we know time is limited it is heartbreaking and something you can never truly prepare for.
I have a cat named Spice. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for Spice it would mean the following to me
Spice has always been high anxiety untouchable. She came from unknown origins so I don’t know why she doesn’t want to be handled. If I had her as a kitten maybe I could raise her to allow me to pet her and maybe her health & quality of life would be better.
Yes, my cat Caviar is my best friend and my baby, we lost her twin sister about a year and a half ago to cancer. I dred the day my baby goes she’s 16 1/2 and I love her more than anything in the world !
I have a cat named Mo Mo. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation for Mo Mo it would mean the world to our family because we just found out he has cancer 😔 and we will be heart broken to loose him. We have never seen a cat like him, he is very unique looking. Even Vet’s get confused about his breed cause he is truly unique. He was rescued from a dumpster behind a cat breeding facility. He looks like a mix between a Persian and a Scottish fold. We don’t know why he was thrown away like trash cause he is the cutest and sweetest cat ever. We would never be able to find a cat like him. Above all it would mean the world to us cause we love him to pieces and he will be truly missed.
I have a cat named [Scar ]. If I were fortunate enough to win this ViaGen Genetic Preservation (GP) for [Scar] it would mean the following to me [Our Scar baby has been fixed, he is such a loving cat, it would mean we could have a mini Scar baby.]