An animal shelter in Franklin, Tennessee decided to create a free event to find loving homes for shelter cats and to teach cat owners how to speak cat – so more cats do not end up in shelters.
Every year, Williamson County Animal Shelter takes in thousands of cats. Last year they took in 2279 cats. They created “Cinco de Meow”, a fiesta that celebrates cats, in hopes of increasing adoptions and bringing cat-lovers together.
The event featured different booths with information on cats, “Cinco de Meow” t-shirts, catnip and treats, and of course adorable cats for adoption. Cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett was at the event to share her knowledge and teach people how to talk cat.
All proceeds from the event went to the shelter’s foster cat program. Alexie, one of the shelter dogs, joined in on the fun and wore a festive hat to try and attract a loving family.
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Penny Adams, community outreach assistant, Williamson County Animal Control told WSMV, “Our goal is to help educate folks in a fun way. They might have a cat at home that is being a little naughty or might not be doing things they should. We want to help find solutions so they don’t end up here at the center.”
Hopefully, all the cats and kittens found loving homes. Remember to adopt not shop.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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