Calling all Cat Owners!! TICA Needs Your Help in
Educating the Public About Your Amazing Breed
For the sixth year, TICA will participate in AKC’s Meet the Breeds, the largest showcase of pedigreed dog and cat breeds in the world with the general public as the audience. But we can’t do it without the help of our members!
AKC’s Meet the Breeds is held during AKC and Westminster Kennel Club’s Meet & Compete event on Feb. 10, 2018 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City. The event is a great opportunity for TICA to educate animal lovers about pedigreed cats and reinforce their value in the lives of people from all backgrounds.
The event showcases dog and cat breeds in individual booths decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin and attributes as a family pet that allow the public to meet, play and learn about the unique qualities of each breed straight from the TICA member. Last year’s event attracted more than 15,000 visitors who had the opportunity to meet and play with 39 of TICA’s breeds.
"People know a lot about dog breeds, but aren’t as familiar with cat breeds," said TICA President Vickie Fisher. “Since there isn’t as much literature available about cat breeds, we need our members to help us as breed ambassadors at AKC Meet the Breeds to help people understand the value of cats as companion animals.”
In addition to breed booths, this year TICA will host a variety of family-friendly feline activities, including agility demonstrations and competitions with cash prizes for the top five fastest agility cats, a Kitty-CATure Fashion show, Cat Care 101 seminars a PurrFect Feline Photo Booth and tattoos for kids.
Date: Feb. 10, 2018 10 AM - 5 PM
Set-up: Feb. 9, 2018 12 - 5 PM
Location: Piers 92 & 94, New York, New York
Hotel: Red Roof Inn, Secaucus, NJ
Airport: Newark, LaGuardia, JFK
Breed Stipend: $100 per breed booth
TICA Breeds Confirmed to Participate in AKC Meet the Breeds:
Scottish Fold SH
Sc Fold LH
TICA Joins Forces with AKC to Officially Welcomes The Lykoi Cat & LH Bengal Breeds into the Family
Earlier this month, TICA participated in a joint press conference with the American Kennel Club to announce new cat and dog breeds to the public at AKC headquarters in NYC.
TICA expanded its litter of registered breeds during the event by welcoming the unique-looking Lykoi breed (also known as the “Wolf Cat”) and the LH Bengal into our family of pedigreed cats, making the total number of TICA recognized breeds 71.
The event attracted more than a dozen members of the media including The Fox News Channel, WNBC, WCBS 2, Reuters, AP, UPI, AM New York, Jezebel, NY Daily News, and the New York Post among them.
Catitude Lucious Leeloo bred and owned by Lykoi breed co-founder Patti Thomas served as Spokescat for TICA's new championship breeds and was accompanied by Mid Atlantic Regional Director, Anthony Hutcherson.
Exclamations of "Werewolf" were quickly replaced by "oohs and awws" as Leelo charmed photographers with her loud purrs and sweet disposition.
See media coverage from the press conference here:
NBC New York: