Rows of cat shelters, vendors and judging rings lined the gym at Riverview Park Activities Center this weekend as Cattyshack Cats held the 25th annual cat show in North Augusta.
“This is our 25th show, the silver anniversary of Cattyshack,” said Judith Milling, co-show manager.
“We have a lot of members and we put it on around the same time every year in this venue,” she said. “We have ... 128 cats entered. We do very well each year, a variety of purebreds and households pets and rescues. We bring the rescues in so they can try to adopt them out to new homes.”
The cat show includes five divisions that cats can be entered into and judged under: cats, kittens, alters, household pet kittens and household pet cats.
“First of all, the cat show is supposed to be for fun,” said Patricia Clary, co-show manager “but they also come to earn titles and just to have a good time.”
The first Cattyshack shows were held at Fort Gordon but are now held in North Augusta.
"Currently, our club is made up of nearly 30 members from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, all part of the SE Region for showing purposes," said Sallie Dubay, secretary of the Cattyshack Cats club, in an email.
"Our show has competition for purebred cats and household pet (mixed breed) cats. Our club's function is two-fold: Put on an annual show for Championship titles and Household Pet Titles (yes, you can show your pets if their personality is not timid) and secondly, help support local no-kill rescue organizations," she said.
Adoptable kittens were available at the show and the entry fee also benefitted local animal organizations, which include the CSRA Humane Society and Kitty Konnection.
The annual cats show is an official The International Cat Association (TICA) show and is sponsored by Dr. Elsey's Quality Products For Cats, Hargrove Inspections, McLeod and Murdock Law Office, Meybohm Real Estate, Queensborough Bank, Thomas Murphy Law Office and Veterinary Healthcare Associates.