September 16, 2014

Academy Awards for cat videos?

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 Kim Kropf of the Humane Society of Chittenden County plans to turn this photo of her cat into a meme, adding the words ‘Echh! Dog germs!’ Locals can submit memes and videos to the Humane Society’s fundraiser, ‘Planet Cat,’ set for April 6 at the Majestic 10 in Williston. (Observer courtesy photo)


Kim Kropf of the Humane Society of Chittenden County plans to turn this photo of her cat into a meme, adding the words ‘Echh! Dog germs!’ Locals can submit memes and videos to the Humane Society’s fundraiser, ‘Planet Cat,’ set for April 6 at the Majestic 10 in Williston.
(Observer courtesy photo)

By Matt Sutkoski

Observer correspondent

Hollywood is still recovering from the Academy Awards earlier this month, but Williston is just gearing up for the ACATamy Awards.

Yes, that’s “aCATamy Awards.” Because who cares about Hollywood actors when we have cats to enjoy?

And the people at the Humane Society of Chittenden County think your cat might have star power. Who knows? Maybe your cat has the same celebrity sizzle as Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto or Cate Blanchett.

Cat Blanchett, anyone?

We’ll find out on April 6, when the ACATamy Awards are presented at Williston’s Majestic 10 Cinemas in April. That’s when the public will see nominations for the best cat videos in Vermont.

The Humane Society is now taking nominations for both cat memes and cat videos, to be judged by a live audience. All you have to do is send them a video of your cat’s best antics, said Kim Kropf, who sits on the Humane Society of Chittenden County’s Board of Directors.

Like the Academy Awards, there are a variety of categories in which your cat could win. Send in a six-second video, basically a Vine, or a 15 to 30 second video, or a long form video of sorts, lasting one to two minutes.

Or you could dispense with the videos altogether and send in a meme.

Memes, for the uninitiated, are photos widely circulated on social media. The same photo might be sent over and over again by various people, but each time with a different humorous saying.

For instance, Kropf has a photo of her cat, with a closed-eyed, disgusting look on her face, with the words “Echh! Dog germs!”

The Humane Society got the idea for the ACATamy Awards, or as the organization is calling it, “Planet Cat” from similar events cropping up across the nation in support of local animal adoption and care centers.

At the April 6 event at the Majestic 10, the audience will get to vote on its favorite cat videos as they are being screened, Kropf said. The winners might not get to wear the finest designer clothes, or walk the red carpet, but they will get a nice statuette—kind of like an Oscar, but more cat-themed, Kropf explained.

You’d better get your cat to do something fun quickly, though. Cat videos need to be submitted to the Humane Society by Friday, March 14. Submitting a video costs $5. Tickets to the Planet Cat ACATemy Awards are $10. All proceeds go to the Humane Society.

For information or to submit videos, visit www.chittendenhumane.org.

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