Conventions are for Cats Too!

by Diane Blankenburg

In my original professional career, long before I took a major detour into the animal welfare world, I was a software engineer. As such, I regularly attended conventions that featured organizations and products that promoted the growth and advancement of the field.

According to Wikipedia, “a convention is a gathering of individuals who meet at an arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest.” There are three types of conventions—industry, professional, and fan-based. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities.

Today,  February 9,  Nevada Humane Society is holding a “cat fan” convention at the Grand Sierra Resort. This annual celebration of felines is called Cat Convention—All Things Cats. Consistent with the true meaning of conventions, it has a lot to offer for all of you cat-loving fans.

The Cat Marketplace offers cat-themed art, gifts, jewelry, pottery, cat toys, pet supplies, cat food and more. In addition, over 100 adorable cats of all types and personalities, including Mini Panthers, Tiny Tigers, Supersized Older-but-Wiser, Classy and Sassy, and Angel Pets, will be available for adoption. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help find the best match for anyone hoping to adopt a new feline companion.

Renowned Hollywood animal trainer Joel Silverman, host of the TV show Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman, will sign autographs and demonstrate how to train a cat. Brian Crane, cartoonist and creator of Pickles, will be selling and signing books from his Pickles Collection, featuring Muffin the cat and Roscoe the dog.

A tribute to Stewie, a Maine Coon cat and world record holder who recently passed away, will be on display. Stewie lived in Reno for his short eight years with his person Robin Hendrickson and holds Guinness world records for longest domestic cat and longest tail on a domestic cat.

Cats are wonderful, unique creatures, cat fans are very special individuals, and this convention respectfully honors both. If you love cats, you won’t want to miss this cat event of the year!

Events that Help Animals

Cat Convention—All Things Cats, February 9, 10 am to 6 pm, at the Grand Sierra Resort, Summit Pavillion. Cat Marketplace, over 100 cats available for adoption, refreshments, and celebrity guests.  Admission is free.

Furry Speed Dating at Nevada Humane Society on February 14 from 12 noon to 3pm. Pets will put their best paw forward with the goal of falling in love. 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.

My Furry Valentine adoption promotion. Fall in love with a new friend from Nevada Humane Society! February 6 – 14, adopt adult cat for just $14 or adult dog for $41. All are spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Call 775-856-2000 or visit for more info.



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