Public invited to celebration of life for Tiny the Cat

The Fredericton SPCA is inviting the public to pay tribute to Tiny the Cat on Saturday.

A celebration of life will take place at The Pet Funeral Home on Riverside Drive in Fredericton from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The former fat cat, whose weight-loss journey made headlines around the world, died suddenly in February.

Karen McGeean, marketing and development director for the Fredericton SPCA, said people have expressed interest in paying their respects to Tiny and his mom, Nancy.

"We want to make this a joyous occasion to celebrate a fantastic feline and a life well-lived," she said. "We hope people will turn out for a time of story-telling and remembering."

McGeean said it will be a chance to recognize Tiny's legacy in educating on the dangers of pet obesity and in raising funds to help other animals with special needs.

Tiny, the former 30-plus-pound cat, was one of two felines left in a box at the Fredericton SPCA adoption centre in Dec. 2011.

His obesity made news around the world and he educated the public on proper pet nutrition during his year-long weight-loss journey, which was the foundation for Tiny's Medical Fund.

The fund initially supported Tiny's specialized vet care and dietary needs and expanded to pay for other special cases that require extensive and expensive procedures.

Tiny also became the first animal in the history of the province to be presented on the floor of the New Brunswick legislature.

Memorial donations for Tiny's Medical Fund are being accepted at the Fredericton SPCA on Hilton Road and at the Pet Funeral Home.