Cat Video Contest


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If dog owners meet at the dog park, cat owners meet on the Internet…So, for me – this idea makes sense. After all it was a contest just like this where Grumpy Cat got his start….I hope to see you, as I will be there an an emcee.

A Partnership for the Cats – 

Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society Unite for This Year’s Internet Cat Video Festival 

Two powerful Chicago animal advocates, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society are teaming up to co-host the Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival as it pulls into Chicago on October 19th as part of the festival’s national tour. Endeavoring to transform the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630), feline fans can anticipate a cat-lovers wonderland with family friendly cat-tivities, “meowsic” and a cat adoption tent. The fest will also welcome special guests, including the creators of the 2013 Golden Kitty Award Runner-Up, Catalogue, featuring Tree House alumna Crepes the cat. The star of the event, the 75-minute film, will be screened five times throughout the day, and will have fans roaring with laughter and purring with pleasure as they view the finest cat-centric videos the internet has to offer.

“We are so excited to pair up with Chicago Cat Rescue to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Chicago this October,” said Jenny Schlueter, Director of Development at Tree House Humane Society. “It’s an incredible opportunity for the community to enjoy an afternoon of feline fun, and show its support for the all the stray cats of Chicago who we work so hard to help. In addition to festivities, we are asking guests to bring a donation of canned or dry cat food to support our feline friends in need.”

Presented by Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society, and sponsored by Mid North Animal Hospital and Cat Hospital of Chicago, tickets to this one of a kind festival are on sale now at ChicagoCatRescue.org and TreeHouseAnimals.org Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds benefit the missions of Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society.

About Special Guest Crepes the Cat

Chicagoans Alana Grelyak and Michael Gabriele created the film Catalogue, featuring Crepes the cat,  when Alana noitced how well her cat Rocky matched her duvet. After being a finalist in Catdance 2013, receiving the Golden Kitty Award Runner-Up, Alana and Michael used Catalogue’s fame to jumpstart Catinthefridge.com, a website “written” by Crepes the cat, a proponent of special needs pets. Crepes works hard to find home for pets like herslef that need a little extra care, but offer extra love in return.

About Chicago Cat Rescue

Chicago Cat Rescue is a collective of individuals working together to improve the lives of animals and inspire our community to do the same. Chicago Cat Rescue doesn’t sit behind a desk when it comes to tackling the homeless pet issue in Chicago. Our volunteers and founders alike are in the alleys and streets doing hands-on rescue, educating our community on feline health and wellness, raising funds to cover food and veterinary costs and seeking foster homes to care for our cats. Chicago Cat Rescue is working every day to improve the lives of animals. Since our founding in 2006, Chicago Cat Rescue has changed thousands of lives, both feline and human alike, for the better.

To learn more about Chicago Cat Rescue visit www.chicagocatrescue.org or connect with Chicago Cat Rescue on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tree House Humane Society

Founded in 1971 when “No Kill” and “cageless” shelters were unheard of, Tree House continues to innovate. Recognizing that the needs of cats were overlooked in traditional shelters, and that sick and injured stray cats rarely got the second chance they deserved, Tree House carved out a niche and has since found homes for 20,000 animals and have sterilized and vaccinated more than 35,000 through our low-cost spay/neuter program. Our Community Cats Program, Behavior Hotline, Pet Food Pantry, Education Outreach, Animal-Assisted Therapy and Education Outreach
Programs also help to reduce the number of homeless animals and promote the human-animal bond. We are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a No-Kill nation.

To learn more about Tree House Humane Society visit www.treehouseanimals.org or connect with us on Facebook and, Instagram, Flickr, and YouTube.

About the Walker Internet Cat Video Festival

Last year’s first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival was conceived at the Walker as a modest celebration to bring online communities together in the real world. The #catvidfest became its own viral phenomenon, drawing more than 10,000 fans to the Walker’s Open Field and Winning the attention of local, national and international audiences and media. Kicking off 2013 screenings with a hugely successful event touting over 13,000 viewers on the Grand Stand at the Minneapolis State Fair, Walker is taking the show on the road, touring the nation and making stops in New York, Oakland, and Chicago, among other.