Today was the 9th annual Average Joe Cat Show. This event is a fundraiser for Purrfect Pals, my local amazing cat shelter. I love that all the cats are regular house cats! Many of them are even available for adoption. Somehow, I made it out without taking any extra kitties home. I didn't hear the tally as far as how many cats were adopted at the show but I hope many found new forever homes.
There are so many beautiful cats!
This guy took home first place in the Softest Fur in the West category
Barney took home several blue ribbons in various categories.
He sure looks a lot like my Nahum!
Apparently Barney is a known heart stealer!
Hiding in the sock monkey bed!
Smudge, last year's winner of Most Obnoxious Cat
Smudge's not looking very obnoxious to me!
Amazing that cats can sleep with all the commotion
One of the many winners!
After collecting her prize, Lucy honors the judges by letting them each pet her.
What are all these people gathered around to see?
Adorable kittens, of course!
The adoption room was filled with lovely kitties looking for their forever homes.
I wanted to take this one home
These little ones were hoping to go home with someone
One of the many fun things about cat shows are the vendors. The Average Joe Cat Show draws some great vendors.
Delightful custom mosaics by Gretchen Fuller - wow!
I love handmade kitty toys!
These are hand towels that fasten to the oven handle!
The Community Cat Coalition table, educating people about TNR
The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project always has fun T-shirts
I saved the most exciting bit for last. You might remember, back in March, I told you that I had entered a picture of Theo and Willow in the photo contest. The voting closed a day before the show and the results were announced at the show.
The photo entries are displayed around the silent auction room
Willow's picture earned Second Place
Theo won First Place in the Funniest Photo category!!!!
When we got back home, we threw a celebration party for Theo! What fun!!! Thank you everyone who voted, we could not have done this without your support!
Theo posing with his Blue Ribbon and prize winning photo
A big thank you to all the volunteers and organizers at Purrfect Pals for putting together such a wonderful event!! The Average Joe Cat Show is such a great idea for a fundraiser, I hope other cat shelters borrow this idea. The crowd at this year's show seemed smaller than last year but I hope they raised a ton of money for the kitties. And now I'm left once again looking forward to next year's show!