Cats in bow ties attract potential adopters

Published: Jun. 3, 2016 at 8:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2016 at 9:32 PM EDT
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The shelter is still searching for homes for the cats (Source: WALB)
The shelter is still searching for homes for the cats (Source: WALB)
Lindsi Jones (Source: WALB)
Lindsi Jones (Source: WALB)
Carol Jones (Source: WALB)
Carol Jones (Source: WALB)

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - 101 photos of cats wearing handmade bowties hung on the wall of Grassroots Coffee Shop in Thomasville, leading to an adorable event for a good cause. To kick off the start of 'Adopt-A-Cat' month, Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary in Thomasville tried something a little different.

Cats were featured in 11 different shops around the downtown area. The purpose of the event was to showcase adorable cats and find them a forever home.

"We wanted to draw attention to the cats in a very positive way. I think people will stop and look at those pictures with the bowties because the cats really interacted with Lindsi when she took the photographs. You can see their personalities," said Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary, Inc. President Carol Jones.

Lindsi Jones is a photographer and cat lover at heart so the six month long project was something that she enjoyed working on.

"I wanted to do something different and something fun and something that would show them off other than just taking pictures of them in their cages so I set up a full photo studio in the hallway of the shelter and started working," said photographer Lindsi Jones. "It's a challenge forsure but it's a fun challenge and the cats seem to really appreciate the attention. And all the petting and the treats and the cat nip and me playing with them and loving on them. So they seemed to enjoy their portraits."

With more than 200 cats currently at the Miss Kitty shelter, Lindsi spends a lot of her free time helping to find the lovable animals a home.

"Every time that I photograph a wedding, I sponsor a cat from Miss Kitty's Feline Sancturary on behalf of the bride and groom" said Lindsi Jones.

Friday night's event hoped to bring in a big crowd.

"We're really excited you know, we just are very hopeful that we are going to have a huge turnout. It's a feel good event you know, people are just going to come look at those pictures and smile," said Carol Jones.

If you aren't able to come see Louie the performing cat or the photo gallery, you can always stop by on Saturday. There will be a cat-themed story time at The Bookshelf downtown starting at 11 a.m.

If you see a cat you would like to welcome into your home, there are a few things you can do.

Visit the Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary on Covington Avenue in Thomasville, or give them a call at 229-236-0167.

If you plan on adopting a cat, the sanctuary is running a sale this week offering half off adoption costs.

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