The Calgary Cat Festival is a perfect helper for local animal rescue groups

The first-ever Calgary Cat Festival and Market took place downtown September 24-25, raising $4,573 for local animal shelters. The vision was to promote the cat community while raising funds for local animal shelters, according to event organizer June Wong.

Many local animal shelters were in attendance, as well as booths featuring different businesses and businesses to raise money for the cause.
The first-ever Calgary Cat Festival and Market took place downtown on September 24-25. Video: Isabella West

Shaila Khan, owner of Mumu Beads, said that although her jewelry business has no connection to cats, she has always loved felines and was more than willing to take part in the event to spread some joy .

Some of the animal shelters for which funds were raised, such as the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation, attended the event.

“The market is great exposure for our adoptable cats,” said Roisin Kerr, director of communications and media at the foundation.

Groups like Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation are most animals’ last hope when they arrive at the shelter.

“We’re saving their lives, we’re getting them out of the cold, we’re getting them out of situations that aren’t good for them, and we’re getting them all their medical care and getting them into forever loving homes,” Kerr said.

Most animal shelters rely heavily on donations in order to provide vital animal care – which is why fundraising events like the Calgary Cat Festival and Market are so meaningful and impactful to the animal rescue community.

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