In 2012, artist and Minneapolis Walker Art Center curator Scott Stulen, came up with the idea of a 2012 Cat Vid Fest highlight the best cat videos on the Internet. “It was a surprise,” said Stulen, recalling the speed at which news of the 2012 Cat Vid Fest went viral. “To be completely honest, this was supposed to be a one-off thing. We thought we would maybe have a dozen people, a case of beer and a laptop and that’d be that. When 10,000 people actually came to the event, the story changed.”

By providing a theater offering cat lovers with over an hour of hilarious and adorable cat videos, the festival uses 30 percent of its proceeds to support the Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society, a cage-less, no-kill humane organization specializing in the rescue of sick and injured stray cats.

“We are the largest no-kill cat shelter regionally, and possibly even in the world,” said Jenny Schlueter, the development director for Tree House.

If you want to share your love for cats, watch funny cat videos, and help support a great cause to protect cats in the Chicago area, make plans to attend next year’s Cat Vid Fest.

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