The annual Somerset County 4-H Fair took place Aug. 12-14, 2015, at North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, N.J. The Whiskers, Paws & Claws Cat Club participates annually and stages a cat show during the fair where members can participate and showcase their pets.
The goal of the club is to help the members learn about cats and cat care as well as the responsibility of pet ownership and the importance of setting goals. Marcos Pagan is the leader of Whiskers, Paws & Claws.
“Our club is there to educate the kids about cats – proper care, proper maintenance, and health issues,” explained Pagan. “We do activities at the fair such as face painting. We have displays which educate the public about cats and how to properly care for them. We also stage an annual cat show at the fair.”
Clover, a beautiful feline with golden fur, was one lucky winner at the cat show that took place at the fair.
“Clover is a Whiskers, Paws & Claws alumni,” said Pagan. “He has won the cat show three years in a row. Clover was an adoption/rescue through CAPIC Cats. He was found with four siblings three years ago the day after the 4-H fair which is where he gets his name – the 4-H Clover. We found him with his eyes closed, and he was bottle fed for two months. We actually gifted him to our daughter, Alexis, who is President of the 4-H Whiskers, Paws & Claws Cat Club, as her birthday present. Since then he’s been with our family. Clover is three years old, and he’s a champion cat.”
There were two categories judged in the cat show: Showmanship and Cat Health & Well-Being. The judge was Dr. Brett Newton of AnimERge, an emergency veterinary medical hospital located in Raritan and serving the central and northern areas of New Jersey and beyond. Clover won the Senior division for Best Cat. A second Junior division was won by a feline named Dash.
Visit the Somerset County 4-H Association website to learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program and the annual educational Fair where Somerset County 4-H members showcase the work they have completed during the year and more.
Read more from the National Cats Examiner here.