Brookline Groomer Partners With Poodle Rescue of New England; Takes Home More Than $600 in Prizes

Casey Mabardy

Casey Mabardy

Innovacyn Inc. has announced winners in its Vetericyn Groomers to the Rescue shelter animal makeover competition. Casey Mabardy, a groomer at Durty Harry’s in Brookline, partnered with Poodle Rescue of New England to groom Sable, a seven-year-old toy poodle. Casey won more than $600 in prizes from Vetericyn, Puracyn, John Paul PetSalon, Pet Paint, Dog for Dog, Frosty Bowlz, earthbath, American Red Cross, Dog’s Best and Cesar Millan Inc.

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.

Sable is currently in a foster home in Central Massachusetts. She is being spayed and having dental work done, but applications are being accepted for adoption and she should be ready for a new home by early August. She is being fostered with another toy poodle, Sierra. According to Mabardy, they are bonded and the best of friends so it would be great if they could find a home together. More info can be found here and any questions can be directed to Poodle Rescue of New England at

Four other winners were also named:

  • Rachel Grant of Bridgehampton, N.Y., partnered with Southhampton Animal Shelter and groomed Kia, a one-year-old blond mixed breed
  • Bonnie Rodgers, salon manager of The Mutt Hutt in Cleveland, Ohio, partnered with Secondhand Mutts Rescue and groomed Fergus, a Scottish terrier
  • 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 : .

“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.

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.