On this 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we all think of the people who lost their lives, and in a most tragic way. If it does not remind you of how valuable all life is, then perhaps nothing will. It may also make you think of giving back to your community and those who dedicate themselves to making a difference.
If so, and you are an animal lover, you can find some of those dedicated people this weekend at the National Capital Cat Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Sponsored by such businesses as IAMS, Whimsy Cats, Wade’s Cat Trees and Olde Towne Pet Resort, this is one of the most popular events of its kind on the East Coast. The show itself will be made up of 450 cats competing in several categories and classes, such as the Kitten and Household Pet. There will also be a Feline Agility competition and a CFA Junior Showmanship. The IAMS Ambassador cats will be on their best behavior, and many different breeds will be available to see, learn about, and possibly be available for a rub under the chin.
But, you will also find educational and rescue groups who hope to spread the word about their work and their animals. These booths are staffed by volunteers and are a valuable part of the event. Among the aisles will be some of the many animals in need of homes, (also very happy to get chin rubs), valuable information to pass on to others, and a variety of fun items to purchase for your pet, your friends and yourself.
So, if you find yourself in need of a smile this dreary and somber weekend, visit the Dulles Expo Center and take a moment to stop by and make a difference in an animal’s life. It may just save one as well. The show is open 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday. The first 1,000 visitors each day will receive a prize.
- Animal Allies – Featuring animals for adoption.
- Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc – Providing informaton about their pet therapy program and t-shirts.
- Animal Welfare League of Frederick County, Maryland – Featuring adoptable animals and t-shirts.
- Humane Society of Loudoun County – Featuring animals for adoption and spay/neuter certificates.
- Life Unlimited of VA (Rikki’s Refuge) – Featuring animals for adoption and a variety of fun items for people and pet.
- Cat Rescue of Maryland, Inc – Showcasing collectibles, cat toys, jewelry and signed/numbered prints.
- Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County – Featuring adoptable animals, cat blankets and more.
- Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society – Featuring adoptable animals, cat beds and carriers, gifts and collectibles.
- Friends of Homeless Animals – Featuring some of their adoptable animals and FOHA logo items for sale.
- Commonwealth Humane Society – Featuring animals for adoption and a variety of cat products.
- Fancy Cats Rescue Team – Featuring adoptable animals, face painting, t-shirts and educational materials.
- The Feline Foundation of Greater Washington, Inc – Featuring amimals for adoption and a variety of cat-themed items.
- The Paw Pad, Inc – Showcasing cat-themed accessories and more.
- Siamese Cat Rescue Center – Showcasing cat beds and toys.