Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends in June? Here are some fun June 2019 cat events.
Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2: Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp
Grab your cool-for-cats T-shirt and pretty kitty ears, and head to the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City for the annual Cat Camp. Hear leading experts – like Jackson Galaxy, Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw and Cat Man of West Oakland Adam Myatt – chat about orphaned kittens, cat behavior, fostering and community cats. Participate in counselor sessions, meet adoptable cats, visit the on-site Meow Parlour cat café and shop for feline-themed products. For a full list of speakers/schedule, go to catcampnyc.com.
Friday, June 7: The Secret Life of Pets 2
In the sequel to the 2016 animated comedy movie The Secret Life of Pets, Terrier Max stresses over protecting toddler Liam (yes, his owner is now married, with a child) and develops a nervous tic. The rest of the gang is having issues, too. Pomeranian Gidget and kitty Chloe try to rescue Max’s favorite toy, hindered by Chloe’s little catnip problem. And bunny Snowball tries to live out his superhero fantasy when Shih Tzu Daisy asks for help on a dangerous mission. Of course, there’s mixed breed Duke (along with Max) who visits a farm only to have to survive canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey.
With humor and irreverence, the film looks at the emotional lives of pets and their bond with the families that love them. The furry gang searches deep for their inner courage to face their fears with some help from the one-and-only Harrison Ford, the voice behind veteran farm dog Rooster. All the stars are back: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Hadish, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings and Bobby Moynihan. Directed by Chris Renaud and co-director Jonathan Del Val, written by Brian Lynch and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Visit thesecretlifeofpets.com.
Saturday, June 8: Angel Pets Conference and Angel Expo 2019
Want to take better care of your pets (and yourself) during the senior years and end-of-life transitions? Attend the unique and pioneering Angel Pets Conference and Angel Pets Expo 2019 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Seminars and products focus on senior pet care, end-of-life and caregiver support. Listen to experts like internationally renowned pet-loss specialist Coleen Ellis and more. Schedule and registration at angelpetsconference.com.
Saturday, June 8: Catherine’s Butterfly Party
Celebrating its 5thyear, this event honors the life of Catherine Hubbard, who was tragically slain during the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre. This year, the event falls on an extra special day – what would have been Catherine’s 13thbirthday. The Butterfly Party pays tribute to her life by continuing her dream of one day working with animals and spreading love and kindness to animals and all beings. Last year, more than 6,000 attended the event, and more than 70 homeless animals found forever homes. Funds raised by the event support the building and development of the official Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a future destination for animal and wildlife care in Newtown, Connecticut.
Saturday, June 29: Catfest London
The second edition of this day-and-night festival at Beckenham Place Mansion will be bigger and better. Discover fab cat accessories from 50-plus exhibitors, books, the Swell Cat art show, vegan street food, cocktails, live music and big-cat cult flick ROAR under the stars. Take in soulful talks from best-selling writers and animal experts like BBC’s Big Cats About the House stars Giles Clark and Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey). Meet street cat Bob and James Bowen of A Street Cat Named Bob fame and other feline superstars. Fall in love with rescued street kittens from Morocco. For more information, visit catfestlondon.com.
Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30: CatCon 5thAnniFURsary
Pounce on this annual Southern California cat-centric, pop cultural two-day immersive experience that draws crowds of 16k-plus. Cat Con debunks the crazy cat lady myth, proving you can be hip, stylish and have a cat, too. This year, CatCon is taking over even more space to eat, drink, play, adopt and shop for choice products for cats and their people. Expect a ton of surprises, plus many returning and emerging talent and experiential activations galore, while CatCon continues to support shelters in adoption, health and spay/neuter efforts. Get more info at catconworldwide.com.
About the author
Annie Butler Shirreffs has worked in the pet industry for 20 years and is currently the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she was a little girl, she has always had feline friends in her life. She and her husband share their Southern California home with their four cats and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom enjoy being testers for cool, new products.
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