Record Number of Cat Lovers Meet Favorite Breeds in Person

The American Kennel Club (AKC) reported a record number of pet lovers who attended this year’s AKC Meet the Breeds in New York City. Over 40,000 people came to the third annual event co-hosted with TICA at the Jacob Javits Center on November 19-20, 2011.

“TICA was proud to be a part of AKC Meet the Breeds and give kids the opportunity to walk through the Bengal breed booth decorated as the jungle, and pet the loveable Toyger cat that looks like a wild Tiger, while their parents learned about responsible pet ownership and the importance of learning the characteristics of each breed before you add it to your family,” said TICA President Vickie Fisher.

“The AKC was pleased to join forces with TICA to once again offer the public this opportunity to meet and play with dogs and cats, including some of the rarest breeds most people may have only read about or have seen on television,” said American Kennel Club Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo. “This entertaining and educational event helped teach children of all ages – including local Girl Scout and Brownie troops – about which dog or cat could become a lifelong member of their family and how to be a responsible owner.”

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Martha Stewart Meets the Bengal and Other Breeds of Cats

Martha Stewart finally got to meet a Bengal cat in person on her TV show (the Martha Stewart Show) which airs tomorrow December 1, 2011 on the Hallmark Channel at 10 a.m. EST.

Not only did she meet the Bengal, but also got to handle a Toyger, Cymric, Sphynx and Munchkin on the special show on “Pets”. The show also featured dogs and birds that people don’t get to see too often.

TICA was represented by Anthony Hutcherson, chairperson of the TICA Bengal Breed committee and President of The International Bengal Cat Society, Inc. The cats handled by Martha were provided by Anthony, Judy Sugden, Kay DeVilbiss, Emily Greene and Sherri and Samantha McConnell.




TICA Cats Join AKC Dogs at Meet the Breeds

TICA has been invited by the American Kennel Club® (AKC) to join forces when they return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 19th & 20th to host the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event. It’s the world’s largest gathering of dogs and cats, with more than 160 breeds of dogs and 50 breeds of cats on hand for animal lovers to see in person.
Cat lovers who attend AKC Meet the Breeds will have the rare opportunity to see most of the breeds of cats TICA recognizes including the world’s most popular breed of cat, the Bengal, in person.

Kids can pretend to be in the wild and pet a Toyger cat that resembles a tiger but has the sweet personality of a domestic kitten, the “bunny rabbit” of the feline world-the Cymric-and many more breeds including the Maine Coon, Persian, Sphynx, Havana Brown and more!

AKC Meet the Breeds is sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider. Not only is it the world’s largest showcase of dogs and cats but AKC Meet the Breeds offers pet lovers a unique opportunity to play with some of the country’s rarest dog and cat breeds while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Dogs and cats. What more can you want? How about top experts in every pet-related field on hand to answer your questions about breeding, training, grooming, nutrition and first aid. Or shop for your feline or canine friend from more than 100 vendors. Watch cat agility – and dog agility plus other events – at the demonstration rings. And kids won’t come out empty handed when they visit the breed booths and vendor booths to collect goodies to take home.

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