Looking for a holiday show the whole family can enjoy? A must-see event is the Amazing Acro-Cats, a troupe of former strays traveling across the country and showing off their talents for a good cause. Jefferson SPCA is once again partnering with the Amazing Acro-Cats as they return to New Orleans with shows Dec. 4-20 at The Theatre at St. Claude.
Jefferson SPCA will hold adoption events in the lobby at each of performance. The Acro-Cats donate a portion of each ticket sale to support the Jefferson SPCA. During the past few years, they’ve raised over $10,000 for the Jefferson SPCA.
Their tour will celebrate Christmas (or Catmas) by giving holiday twists with special performances of their unique feats of agility, including jumping through wreaths, rolling ornaments, pushing a sleigh and more.
The group is on a mission to disprove the notion that cats can’t be trained.
There will be special appearances by The Rock Cats, playing seasonal carol selections such as “A Cat in a Manger,” “Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire” and “God Rest Ye Merry Kittens.”
The majority of The Amazing Acro-Cats were adopted from shelters. Master trainer Samantha Martin has fostered more than 120 shelter kittens and trains them not only to perform tricks, but important emergency situation maneuvers. For example, having the sound of a clicker send them into their kennels can come in handy in the event of a fire. The owner could find them quickly to exit the house. These foster kittens have become a heartwarming part of the performance as they eagerly wait for their new, forever homes.
The Amazing Acro-Cats, one of about four different cat shows in the United States, perform across the country. The human staff is devoted to promoting cat-training awareness and supporting feline adoption and rescue nationwide. Their mission is to show cat lovers how to improve their relationship with their feline friends through positive reinforcements, resulting in long-lasting and beneficial behaviors. A component of this mission is forming partnerships that involve fostering and finding homes for cats and kittens.
Tickets are $19 for children, $22 for general admission and front-row seats are available for $27. For information, show times and tickets, visit www.circuscats.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: Jefferson SPCA will hold its Second Saturdays Second Chances adoption event at The Cat Hospital of Metairie, 1500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be at Petco, 3520 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, from noon to 4 p.m. with adoptable dogs and cats. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: 14th annual Krewe of Kringle to benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans. Parade Day Registration: House of Blues — Voodoo Garden on Decatur Street at 6 p.m. March through the French Quarter with sleighs and reindeer, marching bands and Abominable Snowmen, Nutcrackers and, of course, hundreds and hundreds of Santas, all for a good cause. For information, http://kreweofkringle.com/.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: Leif Pederson, author of the “Swamp Kids” series, will read from his latest book, “A Dog Named Cat,” and give away signed copies. There will be crafts, a puppet show and light refreshments. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. Register in advance to receive a free copy of the new book. Contact email@example.com for information.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: Pet adoption sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA at Petco, 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Louisiana SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption. Call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org for information.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12: Critter Cinema, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA, will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating, movie-watching kids. For kids ages 5-10, bring a sleeping bag, pillow and PJs. $30 per child. Preregistration is required. Call 504.368.5191, ext. 207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.la-spca.org/crittercinema for information.
SUNDAY, DEC. 13: Pet First Aid/CPR Course, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA, will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. from 9 a.m. to noon. Find out what to do if a dog suddenly stops breathing or a cat cuts her paw on a piece of glass and more. This hands-on training course will teach the basics in animal handling, restraint, pet first aid and CPR using realistic animal mannequins. Taught by a Red Cross certified instructor, learn what to do in common emergency situations before seeking veterinary care. Course fee is $65; preregistration is required to secure a seat at www.la-spca.org.
TUESDAY, DEC. 15: Dine to support SpayMart. Dine for lunch, dinner or takeout at the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, 615 S. Carrollton Ave. at the Riverbend. If you write “SPAYMART” on your bill, SpayMart will receive 25 percent of the bill. Louisiana Pizza Kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check out their menu at www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com
LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact info to email@example.com, in Jefferson Parish send to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and in St. Bernard Parish send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at email@example.com, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call our recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.