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The GRIFF: Just for Cats Video Festival: Back for a Third Edition and Determined to Leave it’s Mark!

griff2015-9892Montreal, August 10, 2016 – The Montreal SPCA in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) and the Centre Vétérinaire Laval/Centre Vétérinaire Rive-Sud, are proud to present the third edition of the GRIFF, the Just for Cats Video Festival, taking place on Saturday, August 27, at the Molson Park, a beautiful public space at the intersection of Louis-Hébert Avenue and Beaubien Street in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.

The Montreal SPCA invites Montrealers, of all age, to a feline, festive and family day culminating with a 75-minute screening of the best cat videos posted on YouTube. The idea for such an event goes back three years, in Minnesota, when the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis put together the very first Internet Cat Video Festival. The event was such a success that other major festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin and, recently, the TIFF in Toronto decided to follow its footsteps. For a third year in a row, the Montreal SPCA is happy to carry out this concept its own way in order to help the Society raise funds to continue its mission for the welfare of animals. This year, you will also have the chance to enjoy an outdoor jazz concert by Bebop Bettie Jazz Duet !

GRIFFStarting at 3:00 pm, this out-of-the-ordinary festive family event will offer an array of activities, including face painting, a variety of booths, games, popcorn and cotton-candy, music, door prizes, and much more. The concert will start around 7:00 pm, and the screenings around 7:30 pm. “You’ll discover – or re-discover – Grumpy Cat, Henri Le Chat Noir, Lil Bub and more in short films that celebrate the goofy nature of our furry friends!” says Benoit Tremblay, Executive Director at the Montreal SPCA. “Come laugh together while watching your favorite videos of these funny felines on the big screen”.

  • When: Saturday August 27, starting at 3 :00 pm
  • Where: Molson Park, a beautiful public space at the intersection of Louis-Hébert Avenue and Beaubien Street in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.
  • Price: Admission is FREE. The public is invited to make a donation on-site on the day of the event. All profits from the event will go to the Montreal SPCA and to CFHS.
  • Details : www.legriff.com/?lang=en

About the Montreal SPCA
Founded in Montreal in 1869, the Montreal SPCA celebrates its 147th anniversary this year. It speaks on behalf of animals wherever there is ignorance, cruelty, exploitation or neglect. Relying almost exclusively on public donations to accomplish its work, the Montreal SPCA receives more than 15,000 abandoned animals every year. To find out more about its activities, visit www.spca.com.

About Centre Vétérinaire Laval
The Centre Vétérinaire Laval/Centre Vétérinaire Rive-Sud are reference and emergency centers open 24h/7, offering specialized medicine and emergency services for all dogs, cats and exotic animals in the greater Montreal area. Among our various specialized services, we specialize in surgery, neurology, internal medicine, medical imaging, intensive care, dermatology, oncology, birds and exotic animals, and physiotherapy. To learn more, visit www.cvlaval.com/en, or www.cvrivesud.com/en.

About the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is the national representative of its members, Canadian humane societies and the SPCAs. It supports its member societies throughout the country in their efforts to promote respect for all living creatures and protect them from pain, injury, suffering or needless death. To find out more, visit www.cfhs.ca.

The GRIFF Just for Cats Video Festival is held in partnership with, Mondou, Petsecure and the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough

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Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Media Relations Coordinator, Montreal SPCA, 514 359-5198, or anitak@spca.com.

About the Montreal SPCA
Founded in Montreal in 1869, we were the first animal welfare society in Canada and our mission is to:

  • protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

For more information about the Montreal SPCA, please visit our website at www.spca.com.

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