Sterling Davis is a former professional rapper turned cat rescuer, whose mission is to bridge the gap between the African American community and the animal welfare community. He lives by the motto, “you don’t lose cool points for compassion. He is a well traveled, ex-military, music and cat enthusiast that has always loved entertaining and interacting with people. Becoming vegetarian after visiting a slaughterhouse at 12 years old, the love and respect for animals has always been there but the relationship with cats grew to be more special. Sterling was always the only guy that either had or wanted another cat growing up. Shelter work was new for him and he started cleaning litter boxes and learning more about cats until he was eventually promoted to a TNR/Outreach position where he was able to really add to his love and knowledge of cats. A career working with cats? Why would he ever do anything else?
You can find Sterling "TrapKing" Davis here:
THE TWO CRAZY CAT LADIES
"Tricksters, Purr-Formers & Show-Offs" Class
Sponsored by Tomahawk Live Traps
Jae and Adrienne are the owners of Two Crazy Cat Ladies, a brand created to bring cat parents together and raise awareness about the health and well being of all kitties.
Motivated by the sudden loss of Jae's soul kitty - and the lack of available resources for cats during that experience - they've dedicated their lives to learning and sharing all they can to help cats live the longest, healthiest and happiest lives possible. They host regular live shows on social media to connect with cat parents, share tips about cat health and happiness - and answer questions cat parents have about their kitties.
In addition to their passion to learn, share and grow together in the cat community, they offer a line of natural supplements [Feline Essential] made to help treat and prevent many common cat health issues. And - worth mentioning - they also love to drink wine. :)
KATE BENJAMIN of HAUSPANTHER
"Cats Looking for Their Purrfect Homes" Class
Sponsored by: Kitty Poo Club
Kate and Hauspanter is known as the go-to source for anything related to cats and design. Her feline product finds and designs are loved by people around the world.
Kate has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, NY Daily News, People Pets, O, The Oprah Magazine and many other media outlets. You may have seen her making guest appearances on Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell with her “Catification” partner, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy. The duo has co-authored two New York Times bestsellers, Catification and Catify To Satisfy. She has been a regular contributor to Catster magazine since the publication’s start, including writing the Cat Biz and Feline Design columns.
As time permits, Kate consults on residential catification projects as well as cat cafes, shelters and rescues. In addition to running the Hauspanther website and online store, she also designs a line of cat products in partnership with Texas-based Primetime Petz. and in 2020 launched a line of freeze-dried nutrition for cats.
"Gotcha Day" Class
Sponsored by: CUDDLY
Arden happily wears many 'collars' in the pet world: host of the award-winning Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio, host of Meowy Hour presented by The CFA, best-selling pet author (more than 2 dozen and counting), master certified pet first aid instructor, Catster Magazine columnist, Fear Free Pets certified professional, in-demand speaker and proud pet parent to the Furry Brady Bunch that includes Pet Safety Cat Casey (shown here chatting into the microphone). This ginger cat teams up with Arden to conduct pet first aid and pet behavior classes all over North America (pre-COVID) and now reaches out to people all over the world who want to know how to be BFFs (that's Best Feline Friends) to their cool cats via ZOOM.
Arden would do somersaults (if she could) because she gets to combine her writing/interviewing talents with her non-stop quest to learn and to share about why cats do what they do. She also loves teaching kids -- our next generation of cat advocates -- and her latest book is called, "A Kid's Guide to Cats" that stars (who else?) Casey!
She puts her bartender's license to good use by creating kitty cocktails that she presents on Meowy Hour for all to raise a glass and to toast to all cats. Among her favorites: the Moscow Mew, the Kitty Libre and the Ginger Cat Margarita. She shares her Dallas home with felines Casey, Rusty, Mikey and Mort plus cat-adoring canines Bujeau, Kona and Emma.
Cowboy Cat Wrangler (Bob Lynch)
"Cats in Costume" Class
Sponsored by Felicity Lane
"Snip Em’ & Tip Em!" Cowboy Cat Wrangler (Bob) started as a colony caretaker at a young age of 10 years with his Grandfather in the Pocono Mountains. He was helping with the cats & kittens near the barn back when TNR was a word rarely heard of or even talked about.
Bob grew up in a suburban area and always had cats in his life. He was involved with cats since the late 70’s when it was widely common to have indoor/outdoor cats (usually unaltered) and when declawing was a widely acceptable surgery.
Bob’s goal now is to participate, educate, mentor and explain the benefits of Trap Neuter Return in order to help community, feral, lost and injured cats.
Bob has built great relationships with local non-profits, rescues, shelters and animal clinics and has trapped/rescued/fostered/returned over 300 cats.
NATHAN THE CAT LADY
"Me & My Cat Lady / Cat Daddy" Class
Sponsored by: Purrniture & Tabby Dates
Nathan The Cat Lady (AKA Nathan Kehn) is a cat dad and actor, from Colorado, living in LA with his four cats; Pickles, Annie, Princess and Ginger.
Whilst pursuing his acting career, Nathan realised that he needed to garner a social media following. He created an Instagram account and started posting quirky skits to his page. Nathan realised that his audience went crazy for the cat videos, and The Cat Lady was born.
Now his page has over 307k followers, who enjoy watching skits and stories of him and his cats.
You can find Nathan here:
"Purrfectly Impurrfect - Special Needs" Class
Sponsored by: YEOWWW! Cat Nip
Sunglass Cat a public figure known around the world as a cat who wears sunglasses and that spreads the message of accepting and tolerance of others who look and may be different. She’s been featured on Animal Planet, The Doctors TV Show, TMZ, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, AP News, The Daily Mail, People, and numerous other publications around the world.
Sunglass Cat was a 2020 Webby Award Honoree and a w3 Award Winner!
LAURA MOSS of ADVENTURE CATS
"Outdoor Cat Photography" Class
Sponsored by CFA's Companion Cat World (CCW)
Laura has been an outdoors lover and total cat lady all her life. She’s written about pets professionally for more than five years and been featured on Animal Radio, WAMU’s Animal House and the ASPCA’s 2014 PetDay Adoptable Hangout. Her work has appeared on Mother Nature Network, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Forbes, HLN and HowStuffWorks.
Laura has a bachelor's and master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and she’s the mother of a timid rescue dog and two mischievous rescue kitties whom she’s clicker trained and leash trained. Follow Laura on Twitter for environmental news, YA book reviews and lots of cat photos.
You can find Laura and Adventure Cats here:
Dobby, Lobo & Kiki
"Best Furry (and furrless) Friends" Class
Dobby, the Sphynx, and Lobo, the Lykoi, are two sassy brothers living in South Africa
They have now been joined by their baby sister, KiKi aka Chewbacca, and they are not amused.
Dobby, Lobo and KiKi love showing off their fabulous fashion and share all the shenanigans they get up to with their friends around the world.
Dobby and Lobo has been featured in CFA's Cat Talk Magazine, The Daily Mail and Zoomin.TV.
You can find Sphynx Dobby & Lykoi Lobo here:
THE MAD CATTER - ANGELO RUFFO
"Beautiful Eyes" Class
Sponsored by: HAUSPANTHER
A Philadelphia-based cat rescuer that has spent the past decade serving the felines in his community through TNR, rescue, intervention, activism, and support services.
Having worked in cooperation with Best Friends and appearing in the TNR episode of My Cat from Hell, Angelo is celebrating his upcoming 1,500-cat milestone by turning an eye toward outreach and education.
At home, he enjoys the company of six affectionate special needs rescues and several lucky fosters.