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CatCon 2018 Sets Cat Adoption Record


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Natalia Knezevic, courtesy of CatCon

CatCon 2018, which was held Aug. 4-5 in in Pasadena, Calif., drew a record 16,400 attendees, flocking from 45 states and 11 countries. 

The event featured meet-and-greets with an expanded and influential feline and human talent roster including celebricat Lil BUB, actor Ian Somerhalder, Georgia Hardstark, Moshow the Cat Rapper, Morris the 9Lives Cat, Cats of Instagram, Coby the Cat, Julia Butters, newcomers Merlin Ragdoll, Waverly McTinybeans and Sir Thomas Trueheart, and many more. More than 170 exhibitors, including national and international brands including 9Lives Cat Food, World’s Best Cat Litter and Kat Von D Beauty, were on-hand during the show.

The convention’s most popular panel this year was the Cats and Cannabis: What You Need To Know Meow conversation. The seminar Men and Cats: a Love Story concluded the weekend’s programming, engaging a packed house and ending with a surprise wedding onstage, featuring Lil BUB as a bridesmaid and Moshow the Cat Rapper as best man, according to show organizers.

Since its inception in 2015, the annual two-day immersive experience has seen 62,000 attendees, helped almost 500 cats find their forever homes and donated more than $183,000 to cat organizations. This year saw 159 cat adoptions in the CatCon Adoption Village, presented in partnership with 9Lives Cat Food and World’s Best Cat Litter. ASPCA signed up 180 volunteers for its foster program during the course of the weekend.

A couple who got engaged at CatCon 2015 was married onstage this year in a surprise wedding, with Lil BUB as BUB-bridesmaid and Moshow the Cat rapper as Best Man; it was streamed live on Facebook. 

Ian Somerhalder made an appearance onstage and met with nearly 250 fans in meet-and-greets, with proceeds benefiting the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. 

The Furrocious Fashion Face Off had a record number of contestants, coming from as far away as Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee.

Beneficiaries of this year’s event included the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Lil BUB's Big Fund, Kitten Rescue LA and Milo's Sanctuary. More than $40,000 was raised this year at CatCon to benefit cats in need.

This year’s sponsors included the following pet brands: ASPCA, CatGenie, Cuteness.com, Halo, Purely for Pets, Kat Von D Beauty, KindredBio, Litter Genie, MERRY JANE, ModCloth, Modern Cat Magazine, 9Lives Cat Food, VIP Petcare, World’s Best Cat Litter, Wellness Pet Food and The Westin Pasadena.

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