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'The Great Catsby' enters annual Slug Queen competition

Jonah, a 12-year-old cat, will compete in the annual competition held by the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - A four-legged feline will be vying for one of Eugene's wackiest awards this week with the Slug Queen crowning a new winner.

Jonah, a 12-year-old cat, will compete in the annual competition held by the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod.

The competition celebrates the wacky, joyful and silly side of Eugene, but it's never seen anything quite like this before.

Jonah is better known by his owner, Anne Wilson, as Queen A.D.O.P.T., which stands for "Aristocat de Feline Slime Optimistic Pawsanova the Great Catsby."

Wilson said Jonah loves cuddling, treats, and the competition's namesake: slugs.

"Sleeping with slugs and playing with them," Wilson said.

At the competition, Wilson will perform a song with Jonah. He has a throne, a crown, and a royal carriage to complete the look. Like all Slug Queen contestants, Jonah is running on a platform. His platform pays tribute to the shelter where he came from, Greenhill Humane Society.

"We're talking about the importance of humane education, of adopting, of sheltering our community's most vulnerable members which are the lost, stray, surrendered and abandoned animals here in Eugene and Springfield," said Sasha Elliott, Greenhill's Community Engagement Manager.

"People are going to pet shops and getting pets bred and they really need to just go out to the shelters," Wilson added. "That's where you find all the really lovable, sweet animals that have been overlooked. Jonah had been overlooked and I fostered him for three months and then I couldn't let him go."

A champion for his fellow shelter animals, Jonah will now have to win over the hearts of the judges on Friday. He will be judged on his costume, performance and a Q & A.

The 35th Annual Slug Queen Competition and Coronation is on Friday, August 11th at Park Blocks on 8th & Oak St. in Downtown Eugene.

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