Cats of all stripes will be in attendance for the Meow Luau Cat Show at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center in Deer Park August 28-29.
Presented by the Gulf Coast Feline Foundation and the City of Deer Park, this cat show and competition brings together cat lovers and sellers.
With more than 200 cats representing over 40 breeds, the show also doubles as an information center for owners to learn about cat health and provides adoption opportunities for families.
“The mission of these events continues to be to support animal shelters and rescue groups, as well as feline disease research groups such as the Winn Feline Foundation,” said Michelle Piatt, treasurer, vendor coordinator and marketing liaison with the Gulf Coast Feline Foundation.
The GCFF held “Felines, Football, and Fun” shows this fall and winter, and this year’s “Meow Luau” will keep the traditions of the event, such as the International Cat Association (TICA) competition.
According to Piatt, the competition will include both pedigree and domestic animals vying for regional and national titles such as “Best in Show,” and the event will offer participants the opportunity to take part in prize draws, competitions and door prize draws.
What: The Meow Luau cat show presented by the Gulf Coast Feline Foundation and the City of Deer Park
Where: Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th Street, Deer Park
When: 28-29 August
Viewing times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.
Entry: $ 10 for children 12 years and older; $ 7 for children ages 5-11 and 65 and up; free for under 5
Vendors will be available with cat pet supplies and animal groups will provide information on pet health.
Event organizers encourage event attendees to wear masks.
Cats, including kittens, will be available for adoption at the Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center and La Porte Adoption Center and Animal Control.
In January, despite the COVID restrictions, the event resulted in 14 adoptions with nearly 300 spectators.
Seeing cat breeds like the Maine Coon and Bengal up close can impress even the most casual of visitors, said Kaitlyn Bluejacket, city spokeswoman for Deer Park.
“It’s fun getting to know the different races,” says Bluejacket. “I really liked the Sphynx – they were very interesting.”