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and master pet first aid
instructor who often teach-
es hands-on classes with
her cool cat, Casey, and very
tolerant dog, Kona. Each week, she hosts
the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. Learn
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needs of the four-legged performers.
These volunteers include Kaz Ferns, who
started volunteering whenever the show
is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after being
awestruck by the cats a few years ago.
And Jill Thompson, formerly of Orlando,
who is now a volunteer in Dallas.
Kaz happily confesses that she’s
especially fond of Sookie, the diminu-
tive cat who rises up on her hind legs
and pushes a tiny shopping cart filled
with sparkly cat toys across the stage.
Jill loves all the felines, particularly Wiki,
who leaves the stage and roams the
rows during the show with a $20 bill
tucked in his collar to inspire audience
members to donate more.
About an hour before showtime,
Samantha is still in her street clothes
as she methodically brings a cat or
two onto the stage to walk through
their specific talents. She is patient and
doles out plenty of tiny bits of chick-
en as rewards. Even though the cats
are in a strange place, they all appear
calm, inquisitive and very attentive to
Samantha, the sound of the clicker and,
of course, the treats.
By the time the music cues the start
of the show, people are already clapping, munching on popcorn and pointing out their favorite Acro-Cat. Even
when the show officially ends about
90 minutes later, people pour onto the
stage to greet the cats, make donations
and chat with Samantha.
It’s close to midnight before all
the four-legged stars are tucked back
into the bus for well-deserved naps as
Samantha prepares for the next show
“Yes we are entertaining, but we are
also saving lives of cats and that, to me,
makes it all worth it,” she says.
Samantha and the Acro-Cats
have helped find homes for more
than 200 cats.