People who love cats are invited to attend the inaugural Cat Camp, a fan convention/adoption event which takes place March 11 and March 12, 2017, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The event is co-founded by Christina Ha, owner of Meow Parlour, New York’s City first cat cafe, which opened in 2014.
The event will feature cat adoptions, panel discussions, meet-and-greets and vendors selling cat-related items, merchandise and services. The Petco Foundation is the presenting sponsor.
Cat expert Jackson Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” will be the keynote speaker and will do a meet-and-greet. Celebrity cat Lil Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky will also be in attendance. Guest speakers/panelists are well-known cat enthusiasts involved in cat rescuing, spaying/neutering and adoptions, including:
Hannah Shaw, also known as The Kitten Lady, a Washington, D.C.-based kitten rescuer/foster parent who has become a star on social media
Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther, an online magazine for cat-oriented designs
Adam Myatt, founder of the CatTown in Oakland, California, the first permanent cat cafe in the United States
Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to banning feline declawing and educating the public about the dangers of declawing.
Although this is an event for cat enthusiasts, the only cats allowed at the event are those that have been pre-approved for adoptions or guest appearances. In other words, people have to leave their pet cats at home (for legal and health reasons, obviously), and this policy will be strictly enforced, say event organizers.
The following is a press release from Hallmark Channel:
Hallmark Channel, the exclusive home of kitten sports and the highly rated “Kitten Bowl” franchise , announces the network’s latest pet-centric programming buzzer beater , “Meow Madness ,” a Hallmark Channel Original Special Event, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET on April 3 , 2017.
“Meow Madness” features author and animal advocate Beth Stern as host and Peabody Award-winning reporter Mary Carillo as commentator. The special will showcase adoptable kittens in the most competitive tournament the basketball world has ever seen. Hallmark Channel enjoys home court advantage for the inaugural “Meow Madness” special as 100 adorable, adoptable “cat-letes” purr-fect an unstoppable zone defense while taking shots from the “flea throw” zone as each team claw s its way to “The Final Fur.”
“Meow Madness” is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment. Executive Producers are Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub, DJ Nurre and Jeff Altrockm, with Kathy Sutula serving as co-executive producer. 3 Ball Entertainment credits include “Extreme Weight Loss” (ABC), “Bar Rescue” (Spike) and “My Cat From Hell” (Animal Planet), among others.
A new Stuart Cam, an HD Wi-Fi camera inspired by the Stuart character in the “Minions” and “Despicable Me” movies, is now offering pet owners the ability to check on their pets while they’re away and compile the footage into a Pet Highlight Reel.
Developed by Tend and licensed by Universal Brand Development, the Stuart Cam’s Pet Highlight Reel gives pet owners a snapshot of their pet’s day, plus the ability to talk and interact with pets over two-way audio using the Tend app on any iOS or Android mobile device. Users can also adjust the audio to speak in a Minion voice.
A built-in motion sensor triggers Stuart Cam to automatically begin recording when movement is detected, and users can even receive an instant notification via the Tend app when Stuart Cam is triggered, as well as review captured footage and get a live view of what Stuart Cam sees in real time, including at night through night vision. Each camera comes with 24 hours of free secure cloud storage on the Tend platform, allowing users to review recorded footage from any mobile device.
Stuart Cam is sold exclusively at Walmart at a suggested retail price of $49.99.