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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
After more than 5 years as the TNR/Community Cat Care/Outreach for Dekalb county in Atlanta, Sterling Davis Started the nonprofit TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions in August of 2018 to make a strong push to get more men and the black community engaged in TNR. Trap Neuter Return is the humane alternative to euthanasia (death) for feral/stray cats and with a different approach his intent is to break stereotypes, kick compassion fatigue in the butt, and let the world know that “you don’t lose cool points for compassion."
Dr. Lynn Bahr is a 1991 graduate from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She credits a special grey and white ball of kitten fluff to lead her down the path of a career in feline medicine and behavior. Helping to strengthen the human-animal bond is her life’s mission and guiding force and her areas of interest and special care for felines include health and wellness, environmental enrichment, hospice, euthanasia and ending the practice of declawing. Dr. Bahr is currently the CEO of Dezi & Roo, a company that designs, manufactures and sells solution-based pet products that enhance the lives of cats their owners. Personally and through her company, she volunteers time and support to animal-related charities and causes. She serves on the Board of Director of Pandemonium Aviaries, Fear Free Advisory Board, Parliamentarian of the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics, and is on the Cat Committee of the Pet Professional Guild. She was a recent recipient of the 2018 Pet Age Women of Influence award recognizing her as an influential leader in the pet industry.
Sally Williams is a Cat Behavior Consultant, owner of The Contented Cat and the Founder of The Feline Fine Project. Through The Feline Find Project Sally hopes to educate and advocate the importance of annual wellness exams for cats so the statistics can change and lives will be saved. Sally is also the Founding Director of The Brodie Fund whose mission is to offer financial assistance to families in need with pets fighting cancer. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, IAABC and the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Sally spends her free time volunteering at Catsbury Park, for the Catsbury Park Convention and is the proud mom of 4 fabulous felines including Marlin The Buddha Cat.
Jane Ehrlich has been a respected cat behaviorist for over 33 years, with substantial background in academic (student/researcher with internationally-known ethologist/bioethicist Dr. Michael Fox), shelter and clinical (20 years with the RSPCA in North London) background. In her Phoenix-based business, Cattitude Feline Behavior, Ehrlich gives consultations worldwide, has contributed to press (paper and internet), radio and TV, and given talks at conferences, universities, vet clinics and shelters, where she has developed protocols. Website: CattitudeBehavior.com. She is owned by three adored rescue stinkers Bouvier, Lottie and Iz.
Dr. Marci Koski is a certified feline behavior and training consultant and is passionate about animal welfare. Through her business, Feline Behavior Solutions, Marci works to fulfill her mission of keeping cats in homes and out of shelters by educating guardians about cats’ needs and how to meet them. Marci has a Ph.D. in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species biologist for over ten years. Currently, Marci is involved with several projects including socializing cats with the help of prison inmates through the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and WA Department of Corrections’ Larch Pet Training Camp program; and serving on the executive board of, and volunteering her behavioral services to Furry Friends, a no-kill cat rescue organization in Vancouver, WA. In 2017, Marci was awarded the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Advocate Award. Marci is married to a supportive, wonderful husband and lives with four very unique kitties who each show love in their own special ways.
Tabitha Kucera is a level 3 Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter cat behavior consulting and training and Positively Pawsitive dog behavior consulting and training in Cleveland, Ohio.
She has been working with cats and dogs for over 10 years and in that time has worked with a number of rescue organizations and small animal practices. Her work in these fields shed light on repeated occurrences of feline and canine euthanasia and re-homing due to behavioral issues. She quickly became dedicated to learning about the prevention, root causes and solutions to feline and canine behavioral concerns. She continued to teach herself more about behavior through continuing education, workshops, completing her low stress handling and fear free certifications, graduating from the Karen Pryor Academy and obtaining her KPA-CTP, and became a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Keeping animals in their loving homes is her utmost goal – this reduces euthanasia as well as displacement of animals from their homes, where canines and felines often end up in stressful shelter environments. She helps people better understand and relate to their animal companions which leads to a stronger bond and a more gratifying relationship between animal and human. She currently is a Fear Free certified speaker, serves as the co-chair of Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee, the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior technicians, and she serves on the board of The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats.
THE DORK OF DECEPTION
Robert Francis is a full time pro who Sleeps, Eats, and Breaths magic 24/7! To his entertaining magical antics to his obsession with soda he has been a stable on the Asbury Park boardwalk for the past 11years he is without a doubt one of the most funny and interesting antics to hit the Jersey Shore. You might of heard him do tricks for Dennis and Judy from NJ 101.5 and on 94.3 with radio personality Gino D. He is a two time award winner of the Magician of the year from the Delaware Knights of Magic, Where he was in a 8 month grueling competition. He is the real deal when it comes to a man who is obsessed to the max with entertaining and interesting the masses!!!
The Dork of Deception will be performing a cat-themed magic show at the Wonder Bar at 2:00pm on Saturday April 13th.
THE COMEDIANS of CATSBURY
Six of New Jersey’s top comedians will be coming together to put together an afternoon of Cat-Themed comedy for the Catsbury Conventioneers! Please join host Scott Brennan along with Natty Bumpercar, Mike Sicoli, Kevin Hall, Mike Dialto and Angela Sharp for an amazing afternoon standup comedy show!
Without Lil' Brian there would be no Catsbury Park, and without Catsbury Park there would be no Lil' Brian. Brian was born on the mean streets of Camden New Jersey along with his two siblings Brianna and Brandon. From there Brian made his way into the home of Catsbury founder DJ as a foster. Days after arriving, at just two weeks old, Brian started to get very ill. Numerous tests were done, but a diagnosis was not found. Eventually, Brian was diagnosed with a congenital abnormality called Megaesophagus. Many doctors had advised DJ that it may not be able to save Brian and that making the tough decision to let him go might be the best option. DJ was not willing to give up on brian and vowed to do whatever it took to give him every chance at a normal life. Through the help of a wonderful medical staff, fundraisers and just seer love and determination Brian outgrew his condition and became the spokes "person" for all that Catsbury Park is today. His likeness appears on Catsbury Park's logo, as well as the logos for the Convention and Catty Corner Podcast. Brian's story is a story of beating all the odds and never giving up. Now Lil' Brian (who is now 14lbs and not so little!) is a healthy, sweet and loving 2-year-old boy.
Born and raised in inner Baltimore, MD, iAmMoshow defied the odds to build a name for himself as the Internet's premiere Cat Rapper. He now calls Portland, OR his home with his 5 cats - Black $avage, Sushi, Tali, Mega Mam, and Ravioli. Moshow is on a mission to inspire the world, sharing with others the lessons he has learned, to not give up on yourself and follow your dreams, no matter where they take you.
Get ready cat people the performance is going to be Cattastic!
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