For those who don’t know, I started this festival in 2014 as a way to focus some of my energy and passion towards a good cause.
The Edmonton International Cat Festival is a celebration of cats, cat culture, and cat people – that is 100% not-for-profit and donates all its proceeds to local cat rescues that help cats in need.
In 2 years, we’ve raised $39,000 for three different rescues (the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, and Zoe’s Animal Rescue). Last year, 1,200 people came out! We expect this year’s festival (which takes place Saturday, May 28, 2016) to be bigger + better, with even more cat-themed programming! (Thanks to my husband Mike, and friends Lisa, Diane, and Brittney for helping this year!)
In 2015, the Edmonton International Cat Festival raised $30,000 for local cat rescues!
March through May is such a busy time because that’s when I’m most actively promoting the festival (which takes place on the last Saturday of May – this year that’s Saturday, May 28, 2016).
This year there’s another element to the crazed schedule that I’m hoping you’ll help with.
Nanc got right up close and personal with a lot of cats!
This beautiful, 9×9, hard-cover, full-colour, 100-page coffee table photo book features photos and profiles on more than 100 cats in the Greater Edmonton area.
In February, Nanc and I drove all over Edmonton to meet and photograph these cats!
Behind-the-scenes Cats of Edmonton shooting!
The goal is to have the Cats of Edmonton photo books printed and be available for sale at the May 28 festival, with 100% of proceeds from the book going to support the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, and Zoe’s Animal Rescue.
But to do that, we need your help!
Help turn the book into reality! Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign. (Screenshot as of March 16, 2016)
We need $13,000 by March 27 in order to print the books in time for the festival.
Think of it like a pre-order – if you contribute at certain dollar levels, you also get more perks (including tickets to the festival – and so meow-ch more!)
For those who are unfamiliar with crowdfunding, here’s some information:
Crowdfunding is a way to generate funds for a project by asking the community to invest or contribute money online. A little bit from a lot of people goes a long way!
Crowdfunding is a very common practice now (with websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe, to name a few) and it’s safe.
On Indiegogo, there are levels/rewards set up so people who contribute money at certain levels, will be guaranteed certain rewards back.
In the case of Cats of Edmonton, we’ve split it up into several levels at different dollar values, with the $40 level (+shipping) being the one that gets you a physical copy of the book (and a few other perks).
If you choose higher levels, it will include multiple books / other perks, if you were buying for friends/family, etc. The Purr-fect Pair level ($100) has proved popular – where you get 2 copies of the book, 2 tickets to the Cat Festival, etc.
Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other cities she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival…