Here is a tale (or should it be tail) of the true spirit of A CFA Halloween.
It was a dark and stormy night... well, it was actually Halloween day. The cat show was in full swing at a Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. Exhibitors were enjoying a few Halloween treats, amid a splattering of costumes and theme-decorated benching cages. It seemed like it was going to be another fun Halloween cat show...
Imagine the ooohs and aaaahs when a little red kitten face popped out from under the curtains behind a judge's ring. How did a domestic shorthair, red tabby kitten with crystal blue eyes make its way into a hotel banquet hall? Many hands reached to scoop up the little trespasser. Ladies from the local animal shelter who were at the show with cats to be adopted immediately agreed to take him in.
Within the hour (perhaps it was a witching hour?), two more sweet Halloween treats were found wandering the show hall. Total count - two red tabby boys and a black sister, barely old enough to be without their momma. Now the rescue would be going home with 3 extra kittens...
But that is not the end of the story.
A ring clerk dressed in a red devil costume stepped up to her microphone and announced that the first wayfarer had been joined by two siblings, and if anyone could help out with the intake fees for the Halloween orphans, donations would be most welcome.
Within a few moments, almost $400 dollars had been collected from the exhibitors and judges.
The lady from the shelter was speechless. When she called her manager to tell him the news, he dropped the phone. They had NEVER seen such spontaneous and deep generosity from a group of people.
And so we were witnesses to the true spirit of Halloween, CFA-style.