by Kimberly Wade
As our 5th annual Cat Convention approaches I am excited! Yes, I am what my fellow colleagues, family and friends refer to as a “crazy cat lady.” And honestly, I don’t take offense—because I’m the kind who just loves cats and would do anything for them. I don’t have cat wallpaper in my house, I don’t wear cat clothing (ok, maybe I have a few t-shirts) and my husband is great at making our current 3 cats the limit for adopted felines in the house (don’t fret—we have 3 dogs too). For me, cats are the one companion that truly offer unconditional love. They know when you’re down and respect your space, simply lying next to you quietly. They know when you’re happy, offering kitty licks reflecting the good mood. They know when to play, when to rest, and when you need a good laugh (our 6 month old Newton chases the Roomba around as it vacuums). They can be trained (our Siamese Arwyn would play fetch) and yes, believe it or not, they do listen. They give support and companionship unlike any other pet.
That’s where our fabulous Cat Convention comes in. Happening this Sunday, October 18 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, the event will feature 100 adoptable felines from Nevada Humane Society, all seeking to give you that unconditional support I mentioned above. We’ll have Cattitude Cats, Senior Kitizens, Mini Panthers, Tiny Tigers, Angel Pets, and those that are Big & Beautiful. We’ll even have kittens! Plus, at this event (not at the NHS shelter), for one day only, all fees will be waived for cat adoptions—that means no matter what age, personality or style cat you fall for, you can adopt them for free! Now, standard adoption policies do still apply but knowing that the initial fee is waived should help some of these beauties go home. Each cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. We do that for them, and you, so you can reap the benefits of a life-long, four-legged, bushy-tailed, whisker-wiggling feline.
The Cat Convention is from 11am to 4pm at Atlantis, who has generously donated space for this event. It will take place in the Grand Ballrooms, featuring cool vendors selling cat-related items, as well as groomers, veterinarians and more. From arts and crafts, to kitty toys, special treats, clothing and cat beds, these vendors love cats just as much as we do! You’ll also get to talk with our staff and volunteers who lead cat related programs, such as our Social Se-CAT-ary and Cat Action Team, as well as learn about our Foster Program for Kittens. There’s even a raffle contest and free giveaways! The Cat Convention is sponsored by Carl and Virginia Mansfield, who left a legacy specifically to help kitties in need at Nevada Humane Society.
So join me and all the other crazy cat folk as we celebrate All Things Cats at our annual Cat Convention. It’s an event unlike any other that you won’t want to miss!
Kimberly Wade is the Senior Manager of Communications and Events for Nevada Humane Society. She has been with the organization for nearly 6 years but her passion for animals has existed her entire life. Kimberly lives with her husband, 3 cats (one pictured), 3 dogs and a fish.