By Patti Dozier
THOMASVILLE — The community’s first feline exhibit was the cat’s meow.
Some 26 felines and about 150 humans attended the Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary Cat Strut Sunday afternoon at Belvedere Commons.
The event was part of a weekendlong observance of the Sanctuary’s first anniversary.
The Sanctuary is a no-kill facility operated entirely by volunteers and funded by private donations.
During three days of celebration, about 250 people attended various activities, said Jerry Henderson, Miss Kitty president and founder.
Other events included an open house at the Covington Avenue facility and a session about Thomas County’s feral cat situation.
“Of the 26 Cat Strut entrants, 16 were former residents of the sanctuary, who had been adopted,” said Carol Jones, Miss Kitty officer and volunteer.
Cat Strut winners chosen by a panel of Belvedere Commons residents are:
• Most Rotund — Ozzie
• Most Congenial — Jasper
• Most Beautiful — Prince
• Best Costume — Goblin
• Best Cage Decoration — Belle
• Most Unique Cat — Bandit
• Most Scared — Tia
• Most Shy — Jazmine
• Most Unique Markings — Willie
• Sweetest Disposition — Snowball
• Prettiest — Miss Gracie’s Babies
• Most Beautiful Eyes — Willie
• Most Agile — Kerby
• Fluffiest — Star and Striper
• First People’s Choice — Willie
• Second People’s Choice — Mojo
• Third People’s Choice — Mr. Handsome
• Fourth People’s Choice — Prince
Willie, a good-looking guy who reaped the most awards, was housed in a cage draped in black-and-white material that resembled fabric from which prison convict uniforms are made. A set of handcuffs decorated the door of the cage. A tiny Georgia license plate bore his name.
Willie, whose cage was at the entrance to the show, posed graciously for spectators and seemed purrfectly at ease in his celebrity status.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.