Orange tabby cat looking at Christmas ornament.
Orange tabby cat looking at Christmas ornament. Photography ©gabes1976 | Getty Images.

What’s Mew at Catster: December Cat Events

Interested in cat celebrations this month? We’ve found a few fun December cat activities to check out this month.
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All month: National Cat Lover’s Month

 

Through January: Blue Buffalo/Helen Woodward Animal Center Home 4 the Holidays

Home 4 the Holidays has become the largest seasonal pet adoption campaign on record, saving more than 18 million pets since its inception in 1999. For the ninth year, Helen Woodward Animal Center is partnering with Blue Buffalo for this 3-month adoption drive that encourages people to choose pet adoption. Choose rescue this holiday season! Learn more at animalcenter.org.

Find your new best friend at the San Francisco SPCA/Macy’s Holiday Windows event. Photography courtesy SF SPCA.

Through December: 35th San Francisco SPCA/Macy’s Holiday Windows

Join the San Francisco SPCA for the 35th annual Holiday Windows event at Macy’s Union Square! Over the years, this holiday tradition has helped more than 10,000 homeless animals find their forever families. In addition, donations are raised to support the SF SPCA’s year-round lifesaving work. Last year, the pandemic made things a little tricky, so instead of filling the holiday windows with adoptable animals, the SF SPCS created special videos of rescue animals and shelter alumni. The webcams played for 6,611 hours and got 122,352 total views – and 341 cats were adopted!For full details on this year’s event, visit sfspca.org/holiday.

4: 2021 Reindog Holiday Parade

The annual Reindog Holiday parade, which takes place in St. Joseph, Michigan, promises a great time for all. Featuring dressed-up pets and their people in a variety of holiday garb, the event also marks the arrival of Santa. Learn more at stjoetoday.com.

Jackson with a feline friend. Photography courtesy Jackson Galaxy.

4-5: Jackson Galaxy Webinars

Jackson Galaxy has announced two new virtual cat camp sessions. The first, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. ET, is called Raise a Glass: Grief and the Healing Power of Ritual During the Holidays and is hosted by Cat Camp Counselors Jackson Galaxy and Animal Companion Loss Recovery Specialist Stephanie Rogers. Known as a “disenfranchised loss” (one that is not readily recognized and/or honored by society), the death of an animal companion can leave you feeling isolated in your grief, especially during the holidays. During this webinar, the counselors will share ideas for rituals and activities to honor and remember your beloved pet at this challenging time of year.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. ET, the counselors return with Saving Yourself so You Can Continue to Save Animals: Cumulative Grief in Animal Service. Those who serve animals as rescuers, shelter staff, animal control officers or veterinary professionals, know from the start that their work will be full of loss. These losses often result in “cumulative grief,” an accumulation of unprocessed grief that builds up over time. The counselors invite you to join a safe space of support and information designed to help you recognize and incorporate the grief that naturally occurs in animal service.

Tickets for each seminar cost $10. For more information and to register, visit catcamp.com.

Check out the cat show in Mesa, Arizona. Photography by Albuquerque / Getty Images.

11-12: It’s Feline a Lot Like Christmas Cat Show

Hosted by Phoenix Feline Fanciers and held at Mesa Convention Center, this show is one of the 10 largest CFA shows worldwide, featuring up to 350 pedigreed cats, kittens and household pets. There will also be vendors with feline-related merchandise, and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to watch the judges evaluate the cats and meet the breeders and exhibitors. Rescue cats from All about Animals Rescue will also be available for adoption. Visitors can also enjoy the festive holiday cage decorating and cat costume contests! Learn more at phxfeline.com.

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