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Who Will Become the Region's Top Cat?
Find out at the annual Cat Fanciers' Association Show.
Donations Will Support Local Rescue Groups.

Fancy felines from around the country will have the opportunity to earn Top Cat status at the annual Cat Fanciers' Association cat show sponsored by Pawprints In The Sand and Chamberlin On The Bay clubs. The show will be held on February 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 12742 Nettles Drive, Newport News.

More than 225 purebred and household pet cats are expected to compete in this year's show. Many beautiful breeds will be on display including the very popular Persians and Maine Coons, and also lesser known breeds such as American Shorthair and Birman.

The public is invited to the show as it will provide both an entertaining and educational day for spectators. In addition to judging activities which will take place throughout the day in six different rings, spectators will have the chance to see cats "up and close and in the fur" while they are waiting to compete in the ring. Owners are happy to answer questions about their cats, and some will have kittens for sale.

A special feature of this year's show is a cat-themed art show. Artisans, both local and beyond, will be displaying their work. Spectators will not only be able to purchase works, but they will have the opportunity to pick their favorite works with a $.50 per ticket donation. The proceeds of the voting process will be donated to help needy Hampton Roads cats and local arts groups. Additionally, Heritage Humane Society will have rescue kitties at the show competing that will be available for the adoption application process. Vendors will be selling cat-related wares of many types.

Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show. The cost is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children 6-12; free for children under 5. Please bring cat food, litter, towel, toy donations with you and they will be distributed to local rescue groups by the clubs.

Pawprints In The Sand and Chamberlin On The Bay are members of the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of cats. CFA was founded in 1906 and is the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats with affiliated clubs producing hundreds of shows throughout the world each year.

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