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Recent cat show proceeds awarded to DP Animal shelter

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The recent Felines, Footballs and Fun cat show paid big dividends for the Deer Park Animal Shelter and other animal facilities. The Feline Paw Foundation recently presented checks to shelters to offset the costs of spaying or neutering cats.

FPF DPAScheckRepresentatives from the Feline Paw Foundation present $1,000 to the Deer Park Animal Shelter. The Shelter was one of four area shelters to receive proceeds from the organization's recent Felines Football and Fun Cat Show in Deer Park. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.The Deer Park Animal Shelter was one of four area animal facilities to receive $1,000 from the Feline Paw Foundation. The funds were part of the proceeds from the recent Felines, Football and Fun Cat Show held at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.

Mission for Paws, the Alvin Animal Shelter and Bayou Animal Services also received $1,000 checks.

According to final numbers from the Feline Paw Foundation, more than 1,170 people attended the show, and thousands of dollars were raised to support animal shelter/rescue organizations and animal research.

About a dozen cats were adopted from participating shelter/rescue groups including the Deer Park Animal Shelter.

“The show exceeded my expectations, and everyone I talked to said they were having a wonderful time – that includes spectators, exhibitors, judges, and vendors,” said Michelle Richards, show manager. “We could not be more thrilled with the results, and we are already making plans for next year.”

Michelle Piatt, Feline Paw Foundation secretary and vendor Ccordinator for the event, said the Feline Paw Foundation is already making plans to hold its second annual show in Deer Park.

“The [Jimmy Burke Activity Center] provided us with a perfect set-up for what we wanted to do,” she said. “Even with 1,000 plus people coming through, it never once felt crowded. We have heard nothing but positive comments from people, including those who attend cat shows regularly – they’re saying this was the best cat show they’ve been to in years.”

In addition to bringing a fun, unique event to the City of Deer Park, the international cat show also brought lots of visitors to the city – both attendees and those participating in the show as exhibitors.

“We had 62 exhibitors, some from as far away as Wisconsin and California,” Richards said. “Of the 47 exhibitors we had from Texas, it appears only 11 were from the greater Houston area, meaning we had dozens from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, San Antonio and others – that equated to a lot of hotel and restaurant business for the local area.”

To learn more about the Feline Paw Foundation, or to bookmark their site prior to the 2018 event, visit http://www.felinepawfoundation.org. For more information on tourism events in the City of Deer Park, visit http://www.visitdeerpark.org/tourism.