The Amazing Acro-Cats Need a New Tour Bus! Plus, Enter to Win Tickets to See Them in Chicago!

Tue, Sep 25, 2012

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Samantha Martin has been working with animals and studying the human-animal bond her entire life. At first glance, you may think that her touring show, The Amazing Acro-Cats and Rock Cats, is just a spectacle, but look closer — it is actually an incredible tool for helping educate people about building relationships with animals, emphasizing the joy they can bring to our lives. And, even more importantly in my opinion, the show increases awareness about the cat overpopulation problem we face here in the US and the importance of rescuing cats.

All of the cats in Samantha’s show are rescued. She demonstrates the usefulness of clicker-training for cats in the show as they perform, but Samantha is also a big advocate for using similar training techniques at home, especially in the case of emergencies.

Here’s the part I love: the Acto-Cats have started taking foster cats and kittens on the road with them to give the cats extra exposure and find them forever homes! They have adopted out over 90 cats since they started their foster program.

The Acro-cats Need a New Tour Bus!

To continue taking the show on the road, spreading their message, and adopting out foster cats, the Acro-Cats are in need of a new tour bus. They have a Kickstarter campaign running right now to raise the funds needed to create an amazing mobile cat heaven, equipped with everything the cats and human crew need to tour comfortably. Please check out the Acro-Cats Kickstarter page for more information and to show your support to this great group!

Sadly, Pinky, the Rock Cats’ guitar-playing blue-eyed beauty recently passed away after a second battle with cancer, so the Kickstarter campaign and tour bus project are being dedicated to her memory.

ENTER TO WIN TWO TICKETS TO SEE THE ACRO-CATS AND ROCK CATS IN CHICAGO!

The Acro-Cats and Rock Cats are currently performing in their hometown, Chicago. They have evening shows on Sept 26, Oct 3, and Oct 10 at Stage 773 Theatre and one lucky Chicago-area reader is going to win a pair of tickets! (Actually, you don’t have to live in Chicago to win, you could give your tickets to a cat-loving friend in the area.) To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The winner will get to choose the performance date, either Oct 3 or Oct 10. We will pick the winner in a random drawing on September 30, 2012. One entry per person.

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118 Responses to “The Amazing Acro-Cats Need a New Tour Bus! Plus, Enter to Win Tickets to See Them in Chicago!”

  1. 101
    Linda

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SAMANTHA! Not only are you giving cats a whole different perspective to the public, but for re-homing homeless kitties. You are incredible and your cats amazing! Cat lovers have long known the depth and intelligence of kitties, but now you’re putting it out there for all to experience. Kudos to you!

  2. 102
    sharie

    would be awesome to see the show and learn how to train the cats instead of the cats training me!

  3. 103
    Korin

    I love cats! and I live so close to Chicago! PICK ME!! please!

  4. 104
    Diana Murphy

    We’ve seen them here in Denver and have picks of Pinky. So sad to hear she’s gone. Love the AcroCats & hope they have enough to get their new bus soon.

  5. 105
    Maeve

    !!! this. is. awesome.

  6. 106
    Coco's Momma

    Thank you for rescuing and this is just amazing! I saw Popovich’s act with rescue cats and it was awesome!!! Keep up the great work and hope to see you and the “Rock Cats” in my area soon!!!

  7. 107
    Julie Roberts

    Love, love, LOVE Samantha and the Rock Cats. The very fact these are rescued kitties makes me love them even more. (Pssst – we live in Chicago – MEOW!).

  8. 108
    Melissa

    I am a lifelong cat-circus girl! Why didn’t my parents tell me this was a career option? I want to join in on this bus ride!!! The only thing that could top a bus would be a cat themed repurposed hearse. Go Carol’s Ferals, Grand Rapids!

  9. 109
    Arielle

    I’ve always wanted to turn studying the human animal bond into a career. I don’t know how you did it!

  10. 110
    Beth

    I’m been seeing your shows for many years at the Chicagoland Pet Expo at Arlington racetrack. Just LOVE it and I’m a big fan of Christopher Walken and his More Cowbell skit too ;)

    I have forwarded this to the volunteer list at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, IL so we’ll all be sending funds your way for your new bus!

    Hope I win the tickets too :) Great show – keep up the good work

  11. 111
    Lindsay

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go!!!

  12. 112
    Julia Vilk

    I would love to go to this!!! Hope I win!! ah <3

  13. 113
    Laura

    I would like nothing more than to see cats that have been trained by humans; as I’ve been trained by cats my whole life. This is the best thing in the world and I am jealous you do this for a living! Oh pick me please!!!!!!!! And of course, sorry for your loss and thank you for taking shelter kitties on the road with you. ME-OW.

  14. 114
    Charlene

    Oh! if I saw your show I would have tails to whisper in the big ears of Grace (Graczilla) and Rainier (Brick house).

  15. 115
    Charlene

    Oh! If I saw the show I would have tails to whisper in the big ears of Grace (Graczilla) and Rainier (Brick House)!

  16. 116
    Denise

    I’ve seen the show and it was so much fun! I have a niece in Chicago with 3 children and would be great to give them the tickets!

  17. 117
    Johanna

    I would love to take my husband to see this show! He is the ultimate cat fanatic!

  18. 118
    Samantha Martin

    Thank you all for your support and wonderful comments!
    Samantha, Tuna and the gang


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