Garden State Cat Show Is Purr-fect Outing for Feline Fiends

The 80th annual expo will showcase pedigrees and feature adoptable animals.

A closeup of a black-and-white cat
The Garden State Cat Show and Expo takes place in Edison on July 16-17. Photo: Shutterstock

The Garden State Cat Show and Expo is returning to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison for its 80th year (after a two-year pandemic absence). The show is set to include 30-plus breeds, from shorthairs to rare varieties, which will be evaluated by twelve Cat Fanciers Association judges in accordance with standards established by the National Breed Council.

In addition to the showcase of pedigrees, the expo features rescue groups with adoptable cats and kittens.

“We do this to try to help all cats, not just pedigrees,” says Geri Fellerman, the president of the Garden State Cat Club, which sponsors the event.

The club, one of the oldest in the country, was established in 1936 and donates proceeds from the show to support animal rescues and medical-research facilities, such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Feline Foundation. Funds were also recently sent to Ukraine to help distribute food and evacuate families and their pets.

The show, scheduled for July 16-17 from 9 am-5 pm, is also set to include more than 35 vendors selling pet-related accessories, clothing, jewelry and more.

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