Who wants to run away and join the (AcroCats) circus and see the country with the Rock Cats Band?!
It’s the New Year and time to pursue new interests and adventures. But even our cat-loving fans might not have thought about running away to tour with the world’s only cat rock band. But why not? That’s what a few lucky people will do after joining the Amazing AcroCats, with the “only cat band in the world,” the Rock Cats. This act also rescues, finds homes for cats and educates and inspires people about clicker training.
The AcroCats put out a call for auditions when they arrived in Gainesville, Florida, in October. Who knew such a career existed? According to the website, they will be back in Florida in January 2023.
Images and media via Instagram/acrocats
“Have YOU ever wanted to run away with the (cat) circus? Well, now’s your chance! Pounce on this op-purr-tunity to travel the country with the only cat band in the world!”
On their Rock Cats Rescue website, they said, “We are always looking for good people to add to our dream team!” Cole and Marmalade family friend, Karma, has been traveling with the Acrocats over the last year and absolutely loves it!
When they go on tour, the AcroCats arrive in style, as you can see in the picture of the 45-foot tour bus and detailed vehicle below:
The Amazing AcroCats
The Amazing AcroCats were featured on Netflix’s Cat People docuseries, the Late Show, on PBS, in the Oregonian, and in many other appearances. The performers are rescues, orphans, stray cats, and their human, Samantha Martin. Chief Executive Human” and trainer Martin always uses positive reinforcement-based training. She’s been working with animals since she was 10 years old and began with trained rats and helping wildlife.
Martin was also a wildlife educator in libraries and schools. But today, she educates cat lovers about their own cat’s astounding potential. AcroCats helps get the message out that cats are capable of much more than many think, and this knowledge is life-saving. As we’ve shared before, cats that know how to do tricks are much more adoptable in shelters.
“Anyone can train their cat to do just about anything. It just takes time, patience, and a treat,” Martin says.
Also, learning about clicker training can mean that cats stay in their homes and not go back to shelters for behavioral issues.
“…a trained cat doesn’t have as many behavioral issues. Clicker training, which is all positive reinforcement, can help a lot of behavioral issues and keep cats in households where they’re loved and appreciated,” says the AcroCat’s tour assistant, trainer, and animal caretaker Debbie.
Video by the Oregonian:
The Rock Cats Band
The AcroCat performing cats form the Rock Cats Band and have been at it for over 14 years.
Below, you can see “Asti the Sneak,” who turned 12 recently and has beaten cancer. She was one of the performers in Mew Orleans.
“Happy 12th purrthday to Asti the Sneak! You would never guess when you see her onstage that last year, she had a cancerous kidney removed. Everyone loves her paw-over-paw trick when she hangs upside down, but her climb up the tall pole to leap onto Samantha’s back is the real showstopper. Asti has also been playing the drums in The Rock Cats band for years now. You can see her this December in Mew Orleans. 💜”
Here are the Rock Cats from their YouTube channel:
Acro-Cats and Rock Cats Rescue Inc.
Through their Rock Cats Rescue efforts, the group fosters, rescues, and finds homes for foster kittens, including during their shows. They also teach people at shelters how to clicker train to improve adoption rates. They partner with local rescues as they travel the country and love to find homes for homeless kittens. Currently, the kitten counter is at 320 kittens with homes, thanks to the ongoing efforts and fans.
Below, these kitties found homes at shows in ‘Mew Orleans’ for the holidays.
“Atticus, our other foster kitten found in a dumpster, was also adopted in Mew Orleans during one of our shows. 🖤”
“Meowy Catmas to sweet foster kitten Holly, who found her furrever home at one of our shows in Nola. ❤️”