Cause for Paws Event & Auction

Town Cats Cause for Paws 2021

Every cat matters.

Support our Foster & Kitten Programs

Our goal is to raise $25K for our Foster & Kitten Programs Campaign, to help save as many kittens and cats this year as possible. We will have a Virtual Event on May 15 from 2-4pm, and an online auction from May 15-31. Attend the event and hear from two exciting speakers, Samantha Bell (Cat Advisor to the Stars and Jackson Galaxy Cat Pawsitive Mentor/Trainer) and Patty Guthrie (Therapy Cat Expert).

Help us save more lives this kitten season by supporting our “Cause for Paws”  Online Auction and Event! Our auction will go live on May 15th and close on May 31st. Our virtual event will take place on May 15th where we will be hosting our special guest speaker, Samantha Bell.

Samantha Bell is based in Los Angeles and has over twenty years of experience working with cats. Samantha is often featured on national TV shows educating the public on feline behavior with the goal of keeping cats in their homes and out of shelters. She will speak on cat body language and behavior and we are so excited to learn from her expertise!

Featured Auction Items

  • 200,000 United Miles – Travel anywhere in the world
  • Ultimate Broadway Experience – Theater Tickets, Pre show dinner with cast members, Post show theater tour/meet & greet
  • Professional chef and waiter catered dinner party in your own home
  • Virtual French Cooking Class
  • Personalized Dinner or Training Session with Professional Soccer Legend Chris Wondolowski
  • Spa and restaurant packages
  • Personal Pet Photo Shoot in your own home
  • 49ers Tickets
  • and many more!


Event Speakers

  • Samantha Bell – Cat Counselor to the Stars
  • Topic: Understanding Feline Body Language
  • Cats’ methods of communicating are very different from those of humans and canines. Learn how cats communicate with us though their body language as well as how we should be responding. With content geared toward cat owners, cat lovers, and those working with cats in shelter or foster environments, you’re sure to walk away with info you can use to understand your cat better and ultimately to save more cats’ lives.

Samantha Bell is based in Los Angeles and has over twenty years of experience working with cats. Samantha is often featured on national TV shows educating the public on feline behavior with the goal of keeping cats in their homes and out of shelters.Samantha started volunteering with shelter cats in the 90s, and learned early on that happy cats have a much better chance of making it out of shelters alive. So she dedicated herself to learning behavior techniques to help cats cope with their environments. Her methods evolved over the years until she was chosen as the first ever Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead for Best Friends Animal Society, a role she held for six years with the organization, where she now handles work in celebrity and entertainment outreach. During her six years as Cat Behavior Lead in Los Angeles, Samantha provided socialization, enrichment, behavior modification, and a great deal of TLC to tens of thousands of cats in her care. Thanks to Samantha’s knowledge, skills, and ability to assemble and train a team of stellar cat behavior volunteers, she helped increase adult cat adoptions by 60%, saving thousands of feline lives.As a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Samantha stays ahead of the curve in cat behavior through constant research, conventions, and training. She has been a national Trainer-Mentor for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program since 2016. In this highly impactful role with The Jackson Galaxy Project and GreaterGood.org, Samantha trains staff and volunteers at shelters and rescues all over the country on how to clicker train their cats to help solve their behavior issues and get them adopted.

Patty Guthrie & Dave Zemke have been volunteering for Town Cats since 2003. In 2004, they found a very friendly tortie cat outside their apartment; although Rosi offered to help them adopt her out, they decided to keep her, and she became their first therapy cat, Muppet. To this day, they continue to do therapy pet work with Mokey (adopted from Town Cats in 2007), and Widget (adopted from Town Cats in 2016), as well as their two dogs. Mokey especially has assisted in many areas of therapy pet work, visiting everywhere from Ronald McDonald House, countless convalescent/nursing homes, a psychiatric unit, homeless shelters, high schools and colleges for stress relief, libraries and schools where children read to him, hospice patients, and more. It is believed that he was also the first cat to serve as a therapy cat in an airport, starting at the San Jose airport in 2017. Widget, although younger, has also visited numerous places, and especially likes libraries. Both have over 15 years of experience handling both therapy cats and dogs; Patty also served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President for the local group Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services, and as Chapter Leader for the local Love on a Leash chapter.


Auction Highlights

Want to travel somewhere? Our auction features 200,000 United Miles that you can use to travel anywhere in the World!

The Ultimate Broadway Experience – two tickets to a Broadway show of your choice, Pre show dinner with a cast member, and Post show meet & greet in the Theater.

Have a professional chef cater your next dinner party!

Meet Professional Soccer Legend Chris Wondolowski – have a private dinner with him, or have him put on a 1/1 or larger group soccer training session for your team/group!   

Own this gorgeous painting by Beth Overholt