We’re thrilled to ameownce that our first-ever virtual Edmonton International Cat Festival drew 300 cat lovin’ purrticipants from over 50 cities around the world and was able to raise $5,000 for this year’s supported charities: Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.
The 2020 virtual Edmonton Cat Festival raised $5,000 for Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.
Each rescue will receive $1,666 from the $5,000 total.
This brings the total raised for cat rescues since the Edmonton Cat Festival began in 2014 to $117,000.
Thank you to this year’s virtual presenters: Author Marty Chan, Dr. Ashleigh and Dr. Chris of Pulse Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, Janelle of Sundog Strength & Soul, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society mom + kittens (fosters Wendy and Melissa), Jordan Norman and the Wisdom Teeth, Megan Evans of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and pianist Kate Gibson, Alicia of Heart Felt Calgary, Great Grams of Gary and James, Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society and foster Linda, Nicole Ashley Photography, Terra with Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, Ryan, Ruth, and Jani with ARTS Senior Animal Rescue, artist Heather Simonsmeier, and Chris & Hana!
Stay tuned for more information about 2021’s Edmonton Cat Festival.
- Missed the May 30, 2020 virtual event? You can still purrchase a $10 ticket to watch replays until June 4, 2020.
Learn more about this year’s three supported charities below. And thank you for your support!
Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society works to humanely reduce euthanasia and growth rates of feral cat colonies by preventing breeding cycles through spay/neuter practices, while educating the public on the merits of the Trap-Neuter-Return program. Little Cats Lost has been able to reduce whole feral colonies from approximately 300 cats spayed/neutered down to 10 or 20 cats. They also have a Rodent Wrangler Barn program, Sharing is Caring program, and Transport program that will all benefit from festival proceeds.
ARTS Senior Animal Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehousing of senior cats (age 10+) and senior dogs (age 8+), ensuring they find perfect forever homes to live out their golden years. Seniors are often overlooked in pounds and shelters in favour of their younger counterparts. In 2018 alone, vet bills cost over $118,000 (even with rescue discounts from veterinary partners). Cat Festival funds will go to support this niche rescue helping senior cats in need.
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) takes in pets from remote area pounds and vet clinics that act as pounds, along with stray, abandoned and injured animals. SCARS actively works within Northern Alberta, particularly with First Nations and Metis communities, to promote responsible companion animal guardianship. SCARS runs a Spay-Neuter-Return program and are working to develop a cat intake facility to help with the high number of homeless cats it receives. Festival donations will go to creating a cat intake / drop-off facility including kennels, assessment areas, even a cat bath and playroom.