Capes and claws
PAWS 2019 Cat Show
One by one, cats and their respective owner filed into the Verndale Lions Building. Cages were adorned with superhero paraphernalia, construction paper skyscrapers, and makeshift logos. Cats equipped with costumes and capes of all colors clambered in their cages, demanding pets and affection.
This year the cat show employed a superhero theme. Cat owners were invited to decorate a cage and design a costume for their cat. Some owners took a simple approach and others devised an entire lore surrounding their feline crime fighter. Many took inspiration from popular culture and brought their cat looking like Spiderman, Batman or The Incredible Hulk.
PAWS, Pets Abandoned Wanting Support Programs puts this show on to spread awareness about animals needing support and healthy homes. The long running cat show has been around for almost 20 years. It started at the Wadena Armory before finding its home in Verndale at the Lions Building. PAWS also organized a silent auction and a free will donation meal for participants and spectators.
Participants swiftly prepared the heroic kitties, making last minute adjustments to cages and carefully crafted costumes. PAWS board members acting as judges made their way from enclosure to enclosure. They judged each cat on various criteria. They took into account creativity as well as the cats story.
Shelli Rau and her daughter Rylie entered two cats into this year's competition. Gator representing Dash from The Incredibles along with Lion Paw were in good spirits as many spectators observed the furry duo. Rau loves cats and loves meeting people devoted to rescuing animals. They were last years winners, with Rylie taking home the win for dressing her cat as Ursula during the Disney themed contest.
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