The Mothership Has Landed: CatCamp 2017 Recap!
For those of you unable to make it to the most epic cat event of 2017 (we're talking about CatCamp NYC of course), never fear! We were there for it all and are reporting back after recovering from all the excitement. We will be covering certain seminars more in depth so be sure to check back for more later!
DAY 1 - Saturday, 3.11.17
I was all decked out in my Meow United "Dark Side of the Mew-n" tank:
We checked out the talk on the NYC Feral Cat Initiative with the Director of TNR, Kathleen O'Malley. Super interesting and educational, and this organization is doing so much good in the way of getting feral cats spayed, neutered, and vaccinated. They provide FREE TNR workshops and specialty training classes in New York City.
We sat in on Hannah Shaw (aka "Kitten Lady")'s talk on nurturing neonatal kittens and getting them adopted. She has saved hundreds of kittens from euthanasia and has found them loving homes. Check out her YouTube channel for adorable kittens and "how-to" videos on everything from bottle feeding to raps about kittens!
We got to meet the Cat Daddy himself - Jackson Galaxy (more on him later):
With fresh eyes we embarked on Day 2 (just kidding - it was the first day of Daylight Savings so we were tired as HAIL)...
DAY 2 - Sunday, 3.12.17
Second, we got to see Lil BUB and her Dude, Mike Bridavsky give a talk about their journey from feral kitten to magical cat superstar and how it has impacted both of their lives.
More than just an internet sensation, BUB and Mike have raised over $300,000 to go toward grants for shelters. We got to snap a quick pic in the green room before BUB had to take a bathroom break (we left so that she could pee in peace):
Next up, we saw Dr. Jennifer Conrad, Founder & Director of The Paw Project, a non-profit organization whose mission "is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed."
ACTION ITEM FOR NEW YORKERS:
If you are a New York State citizen, contact your NY Assemblymember and Senator (find by zip code here). Give their staff your name, town and message: "Declawing is inhumane and I'd like to see it banned. I support Bill A.1297/S.5084." It's that simple.