Staff and volunteers at the BC SPCA Nelson branch get celebrity kittens ready for their big night at the Just For Cats film festival

Staff and volunteers at the BC SPCA Nelson branch get celebrity kittens ready for their big night at the Just For Cats film festival

LOL at the Civic Theatre in support of the BC SPCA

On Wednesday, June 24, Kootenay feline fans are invited out to the Nelson Civic Theatre for a very fun event in support of the Nelson SPCA.

On YouTube you can see them in boxes, chasing dogs, dancing, singing, and even sitting around looking grumpy. Now for the second straight year, some of the Internet’s biggest celebrities are coming to Nelson.

On Wednesday, June 24, Kootenay feline fans are invited out to the Nelson Civic Theatre for a very fun event in support of the Nelson SPCA.

The Just For Cats 2015 film festival features all of your favourite cat videos in a hilarious compilation fun for the whole family.

Last year this event sold out at the Civic Theatre and now it’s back with an entirely new reel, programmed by Will Braden, creator of the Henri, le Chat Noir series.

In addition to the film screening, there will be a Kitty Corral adoption event prior to the show.

“These adoptable kitties aren’t world famous yet,” says Nelson SPCA branch manager Rob Andrew, “but they will be the stars of your family in no time.”

Local DJ Jesse Lee AKA Rafferty Funksmith, Artist of the Year at the Kootenay Music Awards, will be spinning records during the adoption event. The Showcats will also have a very special family-friendly dance performance prior to the film.

Just For Cats supports a national initiative to increase the welfare of cats across the country and enhance the human cat bond. It is the only series of national festivals exclusively dedicated to cats and improving their welfare. Nelson as a small town is one of the very few exceptions on a 2015 schedule, that mostly includes Canadian capitals.

“Being a cat person isn’t always the most social experience, but this event is a great opportunity to kick back with like-minded animal lovers for a great night and a great cause,” says Andrew. “Dress up in your best cat costume and celebrate your inner feline.”

The Kitty Corral adoption event begins at 6:30 and the main event starts at 7:30. The film lasts approximately one hour and there will not be an intermission.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and kids, and can be purchased online at civictheatre.ca or at the Nelson SPCA. The organizers acknowledge the Nelson and District Credit Union for sponsoring the event. For more information, contact the Civic Theatre at 250-352-5833 or the Nelson SPCA at 250-352-7178.