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Gone Catty
by Jill Lufrano
Jan 17, 2012 | 1348 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Jill Lufrano - Samantha “Sammie” Parreira, 4, of Reno visits with cats at the Nevada Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon. More than 100 of the NHS shelter cats will be available for adoption at this weekend’s All Things Cat convention at the Grand Sierra Resort.
Tribune/Jill Lufrano - Samantha “Sammie” Parreira, 4, of Reno visits with cats at the Nevada Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon. More than 100 of the NHS shelter cats will be available for adoption at this weekend’s All Things Cat convention at the Grand Sierra Resort.
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RENO — Feline fanatics are encouraged to attend an event dedicated solely to cats on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The Nevada Humane Society (NHS) will hold its second-annual “All Things Cats” event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Silver State Pavilion. The society will have 100 adoptable adult cats on hand from the shelter. Admission is free.

To adopt, people should bring identification, $20 for the adoption fee and successfully interview with an adoption counselor regarding whether or not their home will be a good fit, NHS spokeswoman Kimberly Chandler said.

Cats available for adoption will include “mini panthers,” “tiny tigers,” “supersized cats,” “older-but-wiser cats” and “classy and sassy” cats.

The shelter typically has 350 cats and kittens at any given time, Chandler said. The annual event allows those who wouldn’t usually visit the shelter to connect with and possibly adopt new pets.

“Ultimately, we want them all to go to a good home,” Chandler said. “If only half are adopted it’s also a wonderful thing. It brings attention to what we do.”

Hollywood animal trainer and Animal Planet actor Joel Silverman will provide tips and demonstrations about how to train cats during the convention from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. He will also be on hand to sign photos and share behind-the-scene secrets of his new show, “Dog and Cat Training with Joel Silverman.”

Silverman’s new show features several cats from the Nevada Humane Society, revealing that shelter cats can be trained with the right motivation and patience.

“I wanted people to see that even if cats have been in a shelter for a period of time, they can still be trained with very basic techniques,” he said.

The convention will also include other educational demonstrations, such as kitty first aid and foster training for young kittens. Attendees will also be able to browse booths in the Cat Marketplace filled with the latest in cat toys, food and treats.

They will also be able to speak directly to food providers and other representatives and attend workshops, Chandler said.

Cartoonist Brian Crane, creator of Pickles comic strip, will sell and sign his book, “How Come I Always Get Blamed for the Things I do? A Pickles Collection.”

Crane will sign his book from 1 to 3 p.m. at the event. His newest book is the fifth collection featuring the domestic ups and downs of Earl and Opal Pickles, the main characters in the comic, along with their dog Roscoe and cat Muffin. Pickles now appears in some 700 newspapers worldwide and is a two-time nominee for the national Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip of the year, winning the award in 2001.

For more information about the convention, visit www.nevadahumanesociety.org or call 856-2000.
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