If you are considering adopting a cat into your home, please consider attending the 77th Annual Cat Expo hosted by the Garden State Cat Club (GSCC). Shelters and rescue groups will be in attendance from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Union and Hudson Counties. The event is scheduled for July 20-21, 2013, at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
You can start the search for your new kitty at the Adopt-A-CAT area. The following shelters will be showcasing adoptable cats: Companion Animal Trust (Jersey City), Second Chance for Animals (Somerset), Hope for Animals (Metuchen), Lost Paws (Annandale), Angel Paws (Colonia), Cause 4 Paws (Westfield), Summit Animal Rescue Association South (Summit), Jersey Cats (Jersey City), Liberty Humane Society (Union City), Hudson County Animal League (Bayonne), and Tabby’s Place (Ringoes).
To be considered for cat adoption, you must submit an application at the event. The adoption process varies from shelter to shelter, but to discourage impulse adoptions, most cats viewed at the event will be delivered at a later date after the review process is complete.
An event highlight of the shelter adoptions will be a “Shelter Stars” competition in which the shelter cats compete for rosettes like their pedigreed counterparts. Instead of the Best in Breed, rosettes are awarded in categories such as the Longest Tail and the Biggest Couch Potato. At the awards presentation, the public will hear the rescue story of each winner and learn about the activities of the rescue group caring for the cat. The culmination of the presentation is the People’s Choice award where a rosette is awarded to the kitty receiving the most ballots from the visitors to the show.
The annual event is the major fundraiser for the GSCC.
“This year is special. Not only are we celebrating another club’s 100th anniversary, but we have new exhibits, more artists and plenty of vendors to entice the public,” said Janet Wolf, show manager. “We are proud of all our club does to help cats worldwide through its donation to feline health studies and its efforts to help local shelters and disaster situations. The show profits help us to fund these important efforts.”
To date, the GSCC has donated over $63,000 for disaster relief and area shelters. In addition, more than $10,000 in donations has been given to the University of Pennsylvania, over $20,000 to Cornell University, and more than $70,000 to the Winn Feline Foundation for feline health studies that benefit all cats.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 12. Children in strollers are admitted free of charge. The family rate of $25 includes up to four people and a maximum of two adults. Print a savings coupon from the website here. Event hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days.
Find directions to the expo center here.
The Garden State Cat Club (GSCC) is the third oldest cat club affiliated with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). The club is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats. Your donation is tax-deductible as defined by IRS.
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