BUB is a very special one of a kind critter. More specifically, she is the most amazing cat on the planet. In July of 2011, she was discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana at only a few weeks old. She was taken in as a rescue when it was clear that she would require special care. Since then BUB has become one of the most famous cats on planet. She is a published author, a talk show host, the star of an award winning documentary, created Lil BUB's Big FUND for the ASPCA (the first national fund for special needs pets), and has helped raise over $600,000 for animals in need. Since becoming world-famous in the summer of 2012, BUB has made it her mission to spread a message of positivity, acceptance, perseverance, and of course animal welfare awareness, encouraging people to adopt, spay, and neuter their pets.
It began by feeding a single can of cat food to a couple of cats by the Acropolis in Astoria. Then one can turned into two, then four, then six each night. Before I knew it, I began caretaking a colony of cats and that is where I began my quest. Within a few months of that I began Trap-Neuter-Return of those cats along with rescuing a litter of four kittens from one of the females I was feeding. That was in August 2014. Since then, I have been actively responding to reports of kittens in alleyways, colonies of unfixed cats in back yards, and other cat-related projects. Since August 2014 Cats Trap-Neuter-Returned Kittens Rescued and Homed Stray/Feral Cats Rescued and Homed Total cats’ lives directly saved and improved: 1200 and countless others indirectly.
Klaus, or "The Klaus" as he is know online, is the 18-year-old elder statesman of internet cats. Born at the dawn of the millennium, and once relegated to the life of a stray, he has been spoiled rotten since being adopted from a no-kill shelter in 2006. Klaus never sought the limelight, but his frequent appearances in photos and videos as Oskar the Blind Cat's sidekick led to a global fan base. Klaus is a mix of quirky and mellow, and most importantly, he truly loves travel and attention from new people. Rarely will you meet a cat as poised as The Klaus! Klaus will be joined by his cat dad, Mick Szydlowski, who diligently transcribed (and possibly enhanced) the real-life adventures of Oskar & Klaus in a series of illustrated children's books which are used in classrooms, children's hospitals, and are even read by astronauts in space!
Stache is certainly no ordinary Oriental Shorthair cat and the fact that his coloring with a full moustache is so unique make him an instant hit with everybody. If you stare at him long enough, a strange phenomenon begins to happen, he begins to resemble a number of Hollywood’s leading men. Perhaps it’s the air of distinction that comes with this top-notch facial hair, or that devilish glint in his eyes, but there is certainly something star-worthy! Stache currently resides in Monmouth County with his other social media famous feline brothers, Teddy, Dexter and Bindi. Together they are collectively known as the dobbikats and can be found on their popular at Instagram page @hobbikats.
Milo's Sanctuary & Special Needs Cat Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded on the belief that all cats deserve a second chance at life, especially those that have physical disabilities, are seniors, have a terminal illness, or have been abused, injured and need someone to care for, love, and understand them.
Sir Thomas Trueheart was rescued by Milo’s Sanctuary, Inc. after being horribly abused and having acid poured on his face. He spent weeks in the hospital recovering and underwent two skin grafts where it was discovered that he is also FIV positive. Tommy has become a spokescat for those that are abused, lost, injured and without a voice. He loves everyone he meets and is a gentle and loving soul who teaches so much about love, compassion and forgiveness.
The Catcade is not only Chicago’s first combination of a cat rescue and arcade-themed adoption lounge, but it's the first one in the world! After being inspired by visits to cat cafes across the world, Christopher Gutierrez and Shelly Casey founded their non-profit, The Catcade, in 2017. To-date, the 'Cade has saved over five hundred cats from high-kill shelters across the country, and provides a safe haven for both cats and cat people alike, all while maintaining a ridiculous authenticity they probably should have outgrown a long time ago.
Adam Myatt a.k.a. the Cat Man of West Oakland is not your typical crazy cat lady, but he definitely IS a little crazy! Myatt's journey with cats started with a simple photography project featuring his local community cats dubbed, Hoodcats, which lead to getting involved in Oakland's TNR rescue community. Things continued to snowball from there, and in 2014 a partnership with non-profit rescue Cat Town was formed to open the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center, the first of it's kind in the USA! Now, Myatt focuses on advocating for TNR, produces educational and entertaining cat-centric content with his company Social Meowdia Productions, and cares for his cat, Blind Bud. Check out all the fun hijinks the Cat Man gets himself into at instagram.com/catmanofwestoakland!
CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE TINIEST FELINES
Hannah Shaw is a kitten rescuer, humane educator, and unwavering animal advocate who has dedicated her life to finding innovative ways to protect animals. Her project, Kitten Lady, strives to create global change in the way we perceive and treat the tiniest and most vulnerable felines: orphan kittens.
Kitten Lady provides educational media, training resources, and instructional workshops and consulting services that help individuals and animal shelters learn how to save the lives of kittens--in a fun and engaging format.
Shaw has been featured as a guest expert on Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, and her work has been profiled in People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and other media outlets around the world. Shaw was awarded the 2017 Advocate of the Year award by CatCon Worldwide.
Kitten Lady has amassed a viral social media following. Shaw shares inspiring and adorable images from the daily life of a kitten advocate on her Instagram and Facebook, and educational videos about kitten care through her YouTube channel.
Andrew Marttila is a professional animal photographer best known for his captivating images of felines. He reaches hundreds of thousands of cat lovers through social media where he documents his travels promoting shelters across the country, taking photos for clients, and snuggling his cat, Haroun. Andrew's photography has been featured in Catster, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, among many others. Andrew is the photographer behind Shop Cats of New York and Cats on Catnip. He lives in San Diego, CA.