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CatFest celebrates felines at Dumb Friends League this weekend

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DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE - Cats take the spotlight this Saturday at CatFest, the Dumb Friends League's annual feline extravaganza at the Quebec Street shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can watch clicker training demonstrations, participate in interactive chats about cats with health and behavior experts, share photo opportunities, join activities for kids, listen to music, sample food, shop at the “Meow Market,” and meet hundreds of adoptable cats and kittens ready for new homes.

Adoption fees for all cats 1 year and older will be waived, and all cat adopters will receive a goodie bag full of freebies.

“Our goal for CatFest is not only to highlight our cat companions, but also to educate the public on why it’s so important for us as a community to reduce the number of cats that come to shelters, especially during this time of year," said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League(www.ddfl.org).

Summer is a busy season at the Dumb Friends League, as they traditionally see an increase in homeless cats and kittens. During the summer months, the League may care for as many as 800-900 cats at any given time, according to a press release.

Throughout the entire week of CatFest, July 14-20, their goal is to find homes for 250 felines across all adoption locations. All cat adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.

Admission to CatFest is free, and all ages are welcome. The shelter is located at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver. Adoption pricing specials during CatFest will also be honored at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock and all partner locations where Dumb Friends League cats are available for adoption.

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER - Foothills is offering a pick your price adoption special on all pets 6 months or over this Friday through Sunday. Adoptions will include the pet’s spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip and health check.

The shelter is competing for $100,000 offered by the ASPCA for the shelter among the 50 competitors showing the greatest increase in adoptions over the June-August competition period last year.

The ASPCA announced this week that after the first 30 days of the contest Foothills is at the top of the leaderboard in Division Four of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Foothills(www.foothillsanimalshelter.org) found homes for 922 pets during the 30 days, an increase of 334 lives saved over the same month last year.

CAT CARE SOCIETY - There are two weeks left to purchase tickets for the fourth annual Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction at Pinehurst Country Club on Saturday, June 26. The Painted Cats are brightly decorated feline figurines that are auctioned off to the higher bidders with proceeds going to the Lakewood cat shelter.

The event from 5-9 p.m. features a cocktail hour during which you can view the fiberglass cat figures and other objects, followed by a sit-down dinner and then the auction. Information:(www.catcaresociety.org)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FELINE RESCUE - Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will donate a portion of beer sales on Tuesday, July 22 to the rescue, a no-kill, cage-free shelter in Denver. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Information:(www.rmfr-Colorado.org)

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