Old City goes to the cats as hundreds attend 2nd annual 'Kittydelphia'

Kimberly Adams
July 29, 2018 - 6:59 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sunday marked the last day of a "purr-fect" weekend for any and all cat lovers in Old City.

It was wall-to-wall feline fun as hundreds came to see vendors selling cat-themed goods, adoptable cats and kittens, and some famous felines.

Sharmiena Fulks of South Philadelphia says she was overwhelmed by all the products for sale.

“Another bill, but I enjoy every moment of it,” she said

The 2nd annual "Kittydelphia" festival looked to not only raise awareness for adoptable cats, but adoptable older cats and those with special needs.

"He’s a blind CH cat,” or “Cerebellar hypoplasia,” explained Susan Smith.

Smith says she came all the way from New York just to talk about her special needs cat Donovan.

"They don't know that they’re special needs,” she said. “They adapt to life just like any cat”

Although, Donovan was diagnosed with CH, a disease that affects his motor functions, it hasn’t stopped him from hitting it big on social media. This famous tomcat has a following of more than 70,000 on Instagram.

"I wanted to do something to bring the local cat enthusiasts together and do something to help PAWS,” said event organizer Laura Kicey.

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, aka PAWS is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the city’s homeless and at-risk animals.

Last year, "Kittydelphia" raised a total of $6,000 for PAWS and found homes for more than a dozen cats.

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KYW Newsradio's Kevin Wright contributed to this report.