CatCon: Pasadena Prepares to Celebrate Cats

Over the weekend of August 12th and 13th, cat enthusiasts will flock to the Pasadena Convention Center to attend California's third annual CatCon. The event celebrates the beauty and mystique of the feline world. Many displays and cat-related activities await participants. An estimated 20,000 people will attend the convention.

Unlike a cat show, the CatCon does not involve exhibits of different cat breeds. In fact, the organizers ask people to refrain from bringing any cats to the Convention Center. However, many vendors will offer cat products for sale. The CatCon also includes celebrity appearances and informational displays and presentations.

Celebrity Appearances

On Saturday, actress Julie Newmar will appear at the CatCon between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs at a "Meet and Greet" event. She often played the role of the villainous Cat Woman on the Batman (1966) television series during the 1960s. She attended CatCon last year, and makes a return appearance in 2017.

Hannah Shaw, who has rescued orphaned kittens, will make a public presentation on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. discussing her work on behalf of "the Kitten Lady" rescue organization. She will meet fans between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the CatCon.

Awards And Lectures

Actor Ian Somerhalder, the founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, will present a medal to Hannah Shaw at the 2017 CatCon to recognize her efforts on behalf of felines. He will honor her with the "Advocate of the Year" award. A portion of the ticket prices from the convention will support the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Ian Somerhalder has worked as a model, and actor and a director. He appeared in the role of Boone Carlyle on the television series Lost (2004-2010), and played Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

Historian Paul Koudounaris, an author and photographer, who has extensively studied the Parisian catacombs and ossuaries in Italy, will deliver a presentation at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at CatCon discussing the history of cats in Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History. Many of his writings relate to macabre and offbeat topics.


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