CATSKILL — Fifty-eight artisan cats that have recently disappeared from the village are anxious to learn if they will have new homes this year.
Their chance for a forever home will come Saturday as the Cat’n Around Catskill Cat Auction 2020 will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Historic Catskill Point, where it traditionally has been held.
Preview is at 4 p.m. Auction is at 5 p.m. Village President Vincent Seeley will be the auctioneer. Attendance is free.
Auction 2020 will be different from its predecessors due to issues related to COVID-19.
The Historic Catskill Point will be closed to non-auction guests beginning at 3:30 p.m. Temperature checks will be taken at the front gate before anyone is permitted to enter the park in accordance with Greene County health mandates.
Attendees may wait in the plaza area until the preview begins at 4 p.m.
Everybody who enters the park premises must wear a face covering, as well as maintain social distances of at least 6 feet between individuals.
Anyone, over the age of 2, who says they are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, must provide a letter from a physician stating that.
There is limited capacity in the auction area, so registration is first-come, first-served, according to New York state mandate.
Heart of Catskill Association, which sponsors the annual auction, asks that only serious bidders register.
Just those with paddles, provided at registration, will be permitted to enter the auction area.
No food or beverages will be served.
Bringing in outside food is prohibited; only water may be taken into the auction.
Auctiongoers must bring their own chairs if they want to sit.
For those who want to bid on a cat, but cannot be physically present, off-premise bidding forms can be found on the website.
There will be one entrance and one exit, in the auction area, as well as directional markings to maintain social distancing flow.
Bidders who have purchased all the cats they intend to give a new home, may check out at any time.
Once cats are paid for, staff, as available, will transport new cat owners to their parked vehicles.
They may then drive back to pick up their cats who will be waiting for them — and their forever home — at the front gate.