The dust has finally settled after the big event and I think most attendees would agree it was a huge success. I might be a little slow with my wrap up but now I’m able to report some final tallies from the show.
First, though, I have to say how amazed I was at the turn out. I went on Sunday, waiting in a long line before the doors opened and heard it wasn’t as crowded as it was on Saturday! There was excitement & expectation in the air and general goodwill feelings towards fellow cat lovers.
Inside it took a few minutes to get my bearings and decide which way to go first! After getting my free cat tattoo and green cat ears headband, I felt “official” and ready to enjoy the activities. I took a quick tour of all the various vendors, bypassed the long, long line for cat adoptions (we already have a rescue kitty) and then got in line for my first of several seminars.
The selection of cat product vendors offered almost anything you could think of! Very easy to rack up the debit card charges. (I should consider having a booth myself next year). The Pusheen cat booth kept a line most of the time, a new “robotic” kitty, Zoomer, promises to be the next BIG thing, and of course, the booth for CatConLA memorabilia was popular. Who could leave without their official t-shirt or mug? (I know I couldn’t!)
Another huge bonus at the show was Lil Bub. His owner, Mike Bridavsky, brought him out to his product booth for a photo session and the “paparazzi” went wild! I tried to get close but wasn’t quite aggressive enough to fight my way in : ) Only one blurry shot to show for it.
I mentioned at the beginning that I had some final tallies from the show –
- The attendance was unexpected, more than 10,000 over the weekend.
- About 70 cats and kittens were adopted. Thank you Best Friends Animal Society.
- $35,000 was raised and donated to FixNation and Lil Bub’s Big Fund.
I truly enjoyed the day at CatConLA. It was fun being immersed among cat lovers, all free to express their love of all things cat! A big thank you to Susan Michals, creator of the event and Karn Myers, founder of FixNation. Also for all the wonderful speakers at the seminars and the Meet & Greets.
I look forward to next year. But I have a feeling it will have to be moved to a much larger venue!!