The Art’s Meow: 2nd Annual Celebration of Community Cats, a fund-raising and educational event, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., at Uptown Art at the corner of Cherokee Boulevard and North Market streets in Chattanooga.
The free event will feature regional artists displaying feline-themed works for sale, with proceeds going to benefit feral cats in the community for low-cost spay and neuters. The funds will be used exclusively for feral cat spays and neuters. Community, or feral, cats are felines that live on their own in urban areas.
“We want to help the community learn about feral cats and how to best serve their needs,” Eileen Price, founder of Wally’s Friends, said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to do that.”
A painting party hosted by Uptown owners Rona Hutchison and Kasie Lindley will follow the event. Cost is $35 and $10 will go to feral cat spays and neuters. “It is a wonderful way to open our gallery and support a good cause,” Ms. Hutchison said. During the paining party Ms. Hutchison and Ms. Lindley will help attendees with step-by-step instructions to complete a special painting of a modernistic cat. No talent is required – just a sense of whimsy, said officials.
Education booths at the event will provide literature and other helpful information about feral cats and the people who work to help them. There are a number of managed colonies in and around Chattanooga.
“Not everyone understands that these outdoor cats can live relatively comfortable lives when managed properly,” Ms. Price said.
The Cat Clinic will also celebrate its 6th birthday at the event. The Cat Clinic supports low-cost spay and neuters by providing them for various shelters and clinics in the area.
“Feral cats and their management are misunderstood in many cities,” Dr. Marcia Toumayan, veterinarian and owner of the Cat Clinic, said. “We believe that trapping, neutering and releasing community cats is the humane way to deal with them and provide them the best quality of life.”
Zoetis will donate the ice cream.