To celebrate World/International Cat Day, Pawsway* here in Toronto was having a Purr Toronto Film Festival. They invited Toronto Cat Rescue to attend and we had a “pop-up” kitten adoption room and a merchandise table. I volunteered to help out with the table.
They ran videos, had a cat impression contest, free cat food samples, and more. A lot of the videos were funny ones from the internet but they also showed the documentaries, Cat City, which I’d seen and, Cat Ladies, which I hadn’t. Both are excellent and you should see them if you can. I’ll warn you, though, both are disturbing albeit in different ways — to me, at least.
Cat City looks at the feral cat problem in the city of Toronto. It’s disturbing in that it shows the difficult conditions these cats live in and the terrible things they go through. But it also shows people working hard at solutions and examples in other cities (namely, Calgary) where they’ve made huge strides toward solving the issue.
Cat Ladies, for me, was so disturbing I often had to turn away. The premise was to explore the stereotype of the “crazy cat lady”. The filmmakers followed four women. One was a hoarder, one was an out-of-control rescuer, one just had a lot (16) of cats, one only had three. But as the filmmaker (who did a Q&A afterwards) said, it wasn’t about the numbers it was about the intensity of her feelings — to the exclusion of human interactions — that included her in the film. If you do watch it, I’ll warn you, the hoarder has a lot of sick cats in her place.
All-in-all it it was pretty fun, though not spectacularly attended. Still, we sold quite a few t-shirts and as always at these kinds of things, I got to meet more of our fantastic volunteers!
* This was my first time at Pawsway — which I can’t believe. I’ve meant to go a million times. It’s quite an amazing place. If you’ve never been you should go. And dogs are always welcome.