Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? We’ve found some November 2017 cat events:
Be a part of this global three-month pet adoption drive dedicated to finding happy, loving homes for orphan pets. Over 4,000 pet adoption agencies and rescue groups from the United States and 24 other countries participate — a huge jump from the 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County that started it all. Mike Arms, president and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, started the campaign 19 years ago by asking shelters to keep their doors open through the holidays — when they traditionally closed — because it’s a prime time of year when families add a pet to the home. The event is also sponsored by Blue Buffalo, who will distribute 600,000 pet adoption kits to participating shelter and rescue organizations. You can help by adopting or encouraging friends to adopt and then showing the world your newly adopted best friend by posting a photo at https://animalcenter.org/home-4-the-holidays/, or sharing on Twitter or Instagram with #IChoseToRescue and tagging @hwac and @bluebuffalo.
Pledge to help senior pets this month by telling others why seniors make such great pets. Here are just a few reasons:
Don’t miss the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt.” It’s the first major exhibition on the topic of mummies. You’ll see 30 animal mummies — cats (of course), birds, reptiles, snakes, rodents and dogs — as well as more than 60 objects relating to the Egyptian ritual. The exhibition runs through Jan. 21, 2018. For more information, go to brooklynmuseum.org.
Every year, the Humane Society of the United States celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week during the first full week of November. It’s a way to honor shelters and the dedicated people who work so hard to protect animals. I volunteer at my local shelter and am always amazed at the hard work they do — whether they’re taking care of a sick animal or helping a potential adopter find the right pet.
Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
Take a little break from the holiday madness to read the fifth book in the Paws and Claws Mystery series from author Krista Davis, which comes out today. Holly Miller helps run the family pet-friendly hotel, but her side business is solving mysteries with her cat Twinkletoes and dog Trixie. When a pet clothing tycoon turns up dead, Holly and friends come to the rescue. The book is $7.99 and is published by Berkley Publishing.
Looking for a new holiday tradition? Starting today through the end of 2017, Macy’s in San Francisco will again be home to Holiday Windows, where the San Francisco SPCA highlights different adoptable cats and dogs in beautifully decorated store window fronts. Last year, the SF SPCA adopted out more than more than 800 animals over the course of Holiday Windows 2016. Go to holiday.sfspca.org for more information.
Join thousands of cat lovers and more than 800 cats in Portland, Oregon, for the 2017 CFA International Cat Show, presented by Royal Canin. The Portland Expo Center will be home to the biggest stage in cat competition, with a portion of the show’s proceeds benefiting the nonprofit shelter Cat Adoption Team. The event takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $10 for adults, $25 for a family pack of four, and children under the age of 5 get in for free. Find out more at cfa.org.
The “sister” event to the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival debuts today. Both festivals have two completely different 75-minute programs celebrating the species they’re named for. Head to catfilmfestival.com for more information.
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