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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Catfest 2014

Two years ago I was in Bridgend Town Centre to help Cat Protection Bridgend try and break the world record for the most people gathered in one place dressed as cats.  Unfortunately, they failed to achieve their goal so a second attempt is being made today, and I have been drafted in as an adjudicator once more.

As the Glamorgan Gazette reports, centre manager, Sue Dobbs hopes Catfest will not only raise much-needed funds for the 180 cats and kittens in their adoption centre, but also awareness of the plight of many poorly-treated pets:

These include recent additions four-week-old Olivia, Opal, Oz and Orla, who were admitted suffering from malnutrition and possible abuse. In particular, Olivia weighed just 0.2kg and had a bruised, swollen face and an injured hind foot.

Sue said the kittens are now on the road to recovery, but funds are needed to help with their and the 180 other cats’ care.

“Any cat costume, domestic or wild can be represented and we are looking forward to seeing lots of marvellous mogs, grumpy cats, wild whiskers, posh paws and cute kitties at Catfest 2014,” she said.

“Fancy dress can be daunting, so we’ve made it easy with two suggestions.

“For people who aren’t sure where to start, just turn up in block colours of any cat colour and pick up a free mask at reception – you can then decorate it with whiskers to complete your outfit.

“And for the brave at heart, you can dazzle and amaze us with your costume creation skills and compete for a chance to win the Best Cat in Show prize!”

Would-be moggies will also have the chance to enjoy the other attractions at Catfest – which takes place between 10.30am and 4pm at the centre on Pant Hirwaun, Bryncethin – including stalls and a ouncy castle.

Sue added: “We are urging people to come along and help us put our adoption centre on the map!

“Not only will we be – fingers crossed – making a new world record, but we’ll also be letting everyone know about the great work volunteers up and down the country do for cats in need and most of all we’ll be having a great time.”

Entrance to Catfest will be £1 for adults and 50p for children with the record attempt between 2pm and 3pm
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