Cats looking for homes at the Garden State Cat Expo
If you are like me, all cats simply intrigue you. Pictures may portray a thousand words, but there’s nothing like seeing all the cat breeds up close and learning first-hand about their history and characteristics. The Garden State Cat Expo offers all that and more, including a chance to adopt a cat or kitten in need of a forever home.
The 77th Annual Cat Expo hosted by the Garden State Cat Club (GSCC) is scheduled for July 20-21, 2013 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
Credit: Susan Stokes
Shelters and rescue groups will be in attendance from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Union and Hudson Counties.
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.
Another great reason to attend and show your support for this event is the annual cat show is the major fundraiser for the GSCC. 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. Event hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days.
Hope to see you there!
Susan, Taurus and Gemini