I’m going to Cat Camp! I heard so many good things about the New York event that premiered last year, that I’m going this year. And it looks like I’m not the only one. Cat Camp got such a great response from cat lovers that it is moving the cat-centric symposium to the Penn Pavilion this year — spanning two floors! That allows Cat Camp to showcase nearly 300 adoptable cats in an area also open to the public. That’s not all. Last year’s keynote speaker (author, TV star, cat behaviorist, kitty product creator) Jackson Galaxy is not only back but is an official partner!
I spoke to Cat Camp creator Christina Ha, co-founder of NYC’s first cat café, Meow Parlour, and its affiliated nonprofit rescue and adoption group — Meow Parlour Cats, to get the latest deets.
“Cat Camp evolved from what I’ve seen and been learning at Meow Parlour,” Christina explains. “We’ve had over 70,000 unique visitors come from all over the world, and we’ve been so lucky to be able to connect with fellow cat lovers to learn about what’s going on in the world of felines, what things people are observing in their communities and to get a better idea of what we can do to help. Cat Camp started out of a desire to connect cat lovers with educational opportunities to teach people how they, as individuals, can make an impact on saving lives.”
“Cat lovers!” Christina says. “People who want to help cats and don’t know where to start — even people who say they don’t have time to foster, they can find some other way to contribute to the big picture. Many of our vendors also fundraise and donate back to the community, so even shopping can help! It would also be great for those who are already involved and want to connect with some of the folks within the community.”
Christina says last year’s event provided a solid educational base for those wanting to learn more about feline advocacy. “I discovered afterward that many of the attendees felt connected to each other by their joint experiences. Many of us left with new friendships and a desire to support each other outside of the event. I hope to build upon that this year and to see what we can do together as a family in 2018.”
It takes place May 5 to 6, 2018. Go to catcampnyc.com for more on the speakers, workshops, meet-and-greets and other feline-fun activities.
Editor’s note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you!
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