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Newsletter Vol.111: July 2019

From the President's Desk: A Message from TICA President Vickie Fisher

VickieFisherWelcome TICA friends to our July newsletter.

As most of you know, last month the TICA Executive Office fell victim to flood water from severe storms in the Harlingen, Texas-area.  Arriving for work, our staff found a pretty soggy environment left after water, an estimated 8.5 inches deep, had found its way through the office overnight. 

But our employees are troopers to say the least. While prevented from entering our offices during cleanup, a small group of staff gathered the Office’s three laptops and relocated to the home of Assistant Business Manager, Frances Cardona, where they could access TICA’s data base “in the cloud” to work on member requests. 

With an old file room cleared out and cabinets relocated to another building, carpet and some walls removed, our resilient staff created a mini “call site” environment and are back in the office. Obviously, much work still needs to be done to get things back to normal. 

If any of you would like to send them a card of thanks, I'm sure hearing from you all would brighten the day. (No emails or telephone calls!!!!! LOL) Here is the EO mailing address:

306 Jackson
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Despite the adversities, all of our Regional and International Winners have received their award notifications and certificates. Congratulations to you all!  (Hope to see many of you use those new colorful jpegs to brag about your wins!)


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 In This Issue

New Guide to TICA Breeds Available in SpanishTICA 40th Annual Awards & Allbreed and Household Pet Cat Show UpdateTICA Recognizes Ten Second Litter Box Founder Michael W. Jackson with TICA Endorsement of Excellence AwardTICA Welcomes Five New Clubs into Our FamilyZachary Nugent Awarded TICA’s “Kari Winters Rescue and Rehabilitation” Award By Cat Writers AssociationTICA NW Region Member and Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Publish Piece on Grieving the Loss of Your CatWinn July 2019 UpdateTICA Regional Updates

Spanish Breed GuideNew Guide to TICA Breeds Available in Spanish

Spanish-speaking cat lovers around the world now have a new reason to celebrate. After many years of research, TICA South America Regional member Patricia Porciuncula, has created a guide to TICA recognized breeds in Spanish.

The Guide, written entirely in Spanish, includes TICA breed standards, history, characteristics, and photos of each breed. TICA judges and breeders from South America, Europe and USA also helped interpret TICA Breed standards for the Guide.

The book, available only in downloadable form, can be obtained by contacting Patricia at patipor@hotmail.com.

“I’m excited to finally share my many years of searching for knowledge with people who speak Spanish and wants to learn,” said Patricia. “With the completion of this work, my dream that all Spanish-speaking cat-lovers will have access to a guide where they can meet and learn to identify different breeds of cats recognized by TICA has come true.”

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TICA 40th Annual Awards & Allbreed and Household Pet Cat Show Update

Jazzy Cats, the Mid Pacific Region, Dr. Elsey Cat Products, Royal Canin, Sturdi Products, ViaGen, and Starla’s Cat and Paw Tree are gearing up for a TICA 40th Annual Awards & Allbreed and Household Pet Cat Show like no other! Following are the latest announcements and opportunities available to this year's event:

Breed Booths Available: Breed booths can be purchased for $200 by an individual or group. Booths include a 10’x10’ space at the Rio in Las Vegas. To purchase booths via PayPal or additional information, please contact Gloria Mahan at jazzycats2000@sbcglobal.net.

Sponsorship Opportunities: To help support the TICA Mid Pacific Region and Jazzycats to keep event expenses at bay, the following sponsorship packages are available:]

  • Associate Sponsorship ($250) are available for groups such as a breed group or club.
  • Individual Sponsorship ($25)
  • Judge Sponsorships (any denomination) in support of a specific judge.
  • General Donations (any denomination)

All sponsorships and donations will be acknowledged on the Jazzycats Annual website jazzycats2019.com, on a banner displayed in the show hall/judge’s ring, and in the show catalog.

To purchase a sponsorship package or for additional information please contact Gloria Mahan at jazzycats2000@sbcglobal.net.

TICA Continuing Education Units (CEU) Offered

TICA Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be offered Thursday, Aug 29 for judges and breeders for $30, including supplies. Sessions include:

9-10AM – Susanna Shon, Peterbald
10AM-12PM – Dr. Kessler
12-1PM – Lunch
1-2PM – Shauntay Burris, Sphynx
2-3PM – Grace Ruga, American Curls
3-4PM – Marion Schiff, Lykoi
4-5PM –  Laurie Schiff, Judging school
6-8PM – Steven Corneille and Robyn Paterson, Bengals

Contact Gloria Mahan for more information at jazzycats2000@sbglobal.net.

Rio Hotel Rooms Discounted Almost Half Price Tues-Thurs - Yes, you heard that right. Group room rates have been reduced to just $70 per night (resort fee and taxes included) for Tuesday (8/27) through Thursday (8/29) stays.That’s $70 off per night! Friday and Saturday stays remain $139 per night and $109 for Sunday and Monday.

If you have already booked those dates the Rio should have notified you via email, if they have not please contact the reservations desk at the Rio. Reservations can also be checked online as well at https://www.caesars.com/rio-las-vegas.

For those who have NOT booked their room, TICA suggests you do so now… Secure that rate and spend a couple extra days in the fun and sun!
More information on hotel rates and services here

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TICA Recognizes Ten Second Litter Box Founder Michael W. Jackson with TICA Endorsement of Excellence Award 

Recognized for transforming the litter box, TICA bestows its newest Endorsement of Excellence Award to Ten Second Litter Box Founder, Michael W. Jackson.

Michael invented a disposable litter box back in the late 1980’s because he was tired of cleaning foul cat waste out of plastic boxes. At the time, there wasn’t anything available on the market. In 2006 the invention was featured on the TV Show “American Inventor” however, until 2014 Michael’s work for the military in Iraq kept him from pursuing the dream of taking his idea to market. Several years later, with the help of company partner Del Lott, Ten Second Litter Box was found.

Ten Second Litter Box allows those who share their lives with cats a quick and easy disposal litter solution. The system includes an easy to assemble water-resistant box that folds and locks when you are ready to change your cat’s litter or offer a fresh new box. There is no scooping through smelly litter and cleaning boxes. Residue is contained and cats have a clean environment every week. Boxes can be used openly or a “kitty cottage” can be purchased to fit over the box to help keep litter and debris contained in the box. Those wishing to extend the life of their boxes can also use scoopable litter.

For more information on Ten Second Litter Box products visit them online at https://www.tensecondlitterbox.com or on Amazon

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TICA Welcomes Five New Clubs into Our Family

TICA continues to grow with the addition of five new clubs to our growing family. Please help us welcome TICATS & Cakes (New Castleton, Scotland) joining our Europe West Region, Pawsome Cat Mates (Kashiwi-Shi China, Japan) joining our Asia East Region, and Tommy Clark Cat Club (Yiwu, Zhejing, China), Good Fortune Cat Club (Hangzhou Zhejing, China), and the China Meet Club (Wuhan, China) all joining our Asia West Region.

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Zachary Nugent Awarded TICA’s “Kari Winters Rescue and Rehabilitation” Award By Cat Writers Association

The Cat Writers Association (CWA) awarded Zachary Nugent the “Kari Winters Rescue and Rehabilitation Award” on May 18 during the CWA 25th Anniversary and Awards Banquet in St. Louis, MO. The Award, sponsored annually by TICA, was given to Nugent for his winning entry “Pet Dish TV: Chai, the Courageous Cat.”

Zachary’s inspiring piece profiles Chai, a feline who enters the world with numerous medical complications. The story reminds readers of the many felines who suffer similar situations and includes a strong call to action.

TICA is once again a Gold Level Sponsor to the Cat Writers Association 2018 Contest and 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. A complete list of 2018 Award winners can be found here

Cornell Grieving Article

TICA NW Region Member and Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Publish Piece on Grieving the Loss of Your Cat

Losing a cat can be a life-changing event, one that can be as difficult as the loss of a human companion. TICA NW Region Member Sharon Romm recently published an article with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to help those grieving cope with the variety of emotions associated with losing a pet. Read the full article here. 


Winn July 2019 Update

Participating in events allows Winn to catch up with and meet new friends as well as hear what you think the Foundation is doing right and ideas for improvement. The Winn Feline Foundation participated in the following events last month:

  • ACVIM Forum, June 6-8 in Phoenix, AZ
  • TICA, CFA & WFF’s WINNing Cats Feline Education and Cat Show, presented by Dr. Elsey’s, June 21-23 in Baltimore, MD
  • 41st Annual WFF Symposium, June 26 in Verona, NY
  • CatCon, June 29-30 in Pasadena, CA, including a Cats2Vets dinner

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors met June 20-21 in Baltimore, MD. A strategic plan review meeting was held on June 20. It gave Winn the opportunity to review our plan from 2016 and adjust accordingly to grow Winn.

The Winn Board of Directors annual June meeting was held on June 21. The Board welcomed two new board members, Vicki Thayer and Kelly Bischoff, and new President Drew Weigner. They also said goodbye and thanked Lorraine Shelton and Susan Gingrich for their continued support and dedication to Winn over the years. While Susan will leave the Board, she will continue to help the Bria Fund fight against FIP.

Cats2Vets – Winn – along with Royal Canin, AAFP, TICA, CFA, and CATalyst Council – participated in the launch of Cats2Vets on June 29 at CatCon in Pasadena, CA. The program is designed to build awareness around the importance of preventive care and seeing their veterinary healthcare team at least annually. Continued efforts will be made thru August. Be on the lookout for more details.

WFF’s Annual Spring Appeal was sent out via mail and email. Feel free to contact Winn at 201-275-0624 or info@winnfelinefoundation.org
with any questions or to receive a copy.

Winn Feline Foundation Symposium: “PURRsuing FIP and WINNing"  
Join Winn for an interactive presentation and panel discussion concerning topics and updates on FIP. This event will be held November 16 and 17 at UC Davis. Be on the lookout for more details.

TICA Regional Updates

Regional Update

Click here to read updates on the following TICA Regions:

TICA Europe North Regional Update

Congratulations! The TICA Europe North Region is extremely proud to announce that one of TICA’s best cats this year (Ragdoll Allweneedis Quality Time) is from this region!

TICA Europe North Regional Awards Banquet Update

  • TICA Europe North Regional Awards Banquet will honor winners of the last show season, Saturday November 9, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. All Regional winners will receive the certificate and an award as a lasting remembrance of their achievement. Additional information, including hotel information and reservations can be found here
  • The TICA EW Region encourages its members to celebrate the success of friends in the region by sponsoring one (or more) fellow members’ cats who have achieved a regional win and/or Best of Breed Cat. Additional information on sponsoring an award can be found here

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

  • Viking Cats, August 10-11 in Siagelse, Denmark 
  • FINTICAt ry, August 24-25 in Helsinki, Finland

TICA Europe South Regional Update:

ES Region July Update

The TICA Europe South Regional 2019 Show will take place Oct 5-6 in Vösendorf, Austria. The event will offer 10 AB and 4 SP rings and great judges, including Pascale Portelas, Francesca Gagern, Jean-Marc Lagarde, Phillipa Holmes, Erwin van den Bunder, Susanna Shon, Liesbeth van Mullem, and Tomoko Vlach. Additional information about the show, including the Saturday evening banquet can be found here.  The show hall and hotel will be held in the same building. Additional hotel information can be found here. Enter your cats now at https://www.tica.org/events/show-calendar

TICA Great Lakes Regional Update:

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

  • Buckeye Ohio Rollers Cat Club, July 20-21 in Medina, OH
  • Glass CiTICAts, August 16-18 in Dayton, OH (REGIONAL)
  • Cats Rule Cat Club, September 14-15 in Racine, WI 

Sponsorship Opportunities: 

  • TICA GL Regional Award Sponsorships. A preliminary lists of cats to sponsor for the GL Regional Awards will be available in Racine, WI or you can contact Chris Unangst now to sponsor your favorite cats. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Chris Unangst.at chris.unangst@gmail.com.
  • Show the GL Region Support with TICA 2019 Annual GL Judge Sponsorships. Great Lakes judges Edith-Mary Smith and Jamie Christian have been named TICA 2019 Annual judges. The GL Region is seeking to raise $700/ring. Those interested in helping sponsor them can send donations to ticaglpaypal@gmail.com

Get Ready for the 2022 TICA Annual – GREAT LAKES! Proposals and bids due by the 2019 Annual in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 31 - September 1, 2019.
2019 Election – Great Lakes Regional Director: Those considering running for GL Regional Director must have been a TICA member and be in good standing for at least 2-years prior to the election. Members are eligible to vote who are at least 18 years of age, a TICA member in good standing, a member for at least 6-months prior to the election. NEW RULES: There is a 30-day voting period and candidates must declare from June 1-July 31, 2019.

TICA Mid Pacific Regional Update:

Cheers! - The Mid Pacific Region would like to extend its most heartfelt congratulations to all of the amazing regional winners this past season.  The Region was proud and hopes everyone had an enjoyable show season!

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

  • 40th Annual TICA Awards and Allbreed Cat Show, hosted by Jazzy Cats Cat Club, August 30-Sept. 1 in Las Vegas Nevada. See “Annual Update” (Jonathan, “Annual Update” needs to be hyperlinked to the article in this issue with the same name) article in this month’s newsletter to find out the latest news about the event.
  • Cats and Sin City Allbreed Cat Show, October 26-27 in Henderson Nevada. A12-ring show with a fun Halloween theme, including a Cat Costume Contest with a special prize for the first place winner. The Early Bird rate ends September 1st, so register now and take advantage of the special pricing. Click here to enter the show.

TICA Northeast Regional Update

Membership Report: The Northeast Region continues to engage its membership, with 529 active members as of May 2019. On we grow!

Congratulations, Regional Winners!:  Congratulations to all Northeast Regional Winners for the 2018-2019 show season! The region's top felines are featured on the official NE website (www.ticane.com) and will be celebrated at the Regional Banquet and Awards Ceremony in July 2019. All are welcome to attend to celebrate felines, fun, and friendship! 

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

  • Canuck Cat Club, Sept 14-15 in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nauticats Cat Club, Oct 19-20 in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Cats Ahoy Cat Club, Oct 19-20 in Hartford, CT
  • Nauticats Cat Club, Nov 2-3 in Montreal, Quebec

NE July Member Spotlight: Brigitte Pouliot 
The Northeast Region is honored to feature long-time TICA member and regional advocate, Brigitte Pouliot, for its July Member Spotlight. Brigitte began her adventures in the cat fancy at the young age of just 6 years old, where she attended cat shows in shopping malls and treasured the cute satin ribbons she collected. A 10th specialty final hooked her in even further and the Anouchka Cattery was born in 1983. Despite an initial language barrier and losing her mother to cancer when she was only 28, Brigitte worked tirelessly to learn about the Persian breed and its development in breeding and showing circles. She has since earned four IW titles, enjoys entry clerking and ring clerking, and is always available to help those seeking assistance or mentorship. When she isn't busy being a Senior Marketing Director, Brigitte enjoys running and hiking the Quebec mountains. Merci, Brigitte! The Northeast Region is proud to have you as one of its own.  

TICA Northwest Regional Update

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

NW Regional Show and Awards Banquet Update. The TICA NW Region’s next show will be the NW Regional show and awards banquet, August 2-4 in Spokane WA. This is an all under-one-roof show. Hotel rooms are almost sold out, so book ASAP!  A breeders seminar will be held on Friday morning and Cats of the Forest congresses will take place later that evening. There are quite a number of pet friendly hotels in Spokane, but don’t miss out on the convenience of staying where the show will take place.

Additional upcoming shows include:

  • Cat Fanciers of BC, August 17-28 in Langley BC 
  • Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club, August 24 - 25 in Edmonton AB
  • Heartland CF, September 28 - 29 in Edmonton AB
  • Evergreen CF, October 12 - 13 in Ferndale WA

TICA South American Regional Update

TICA SA Regional Awards Banquet Update. This year the TICA SA Region will hold only one Regional Awards Banquet. The event, hosted by TICADICCTION CAT CLUB, will be held on August 10 in Medellin, Colombia along with their 3-day show. The show will include 17 rings in Centro de Eventos El Tesoro. Judges will include Faccioli (Brasil), Lopez (Argentina), Chenault (USA), Hoskinson (USA), Gomez (Colombia), and Garnica (Mexico).

An American SH and Bengal Breed Seminar, conducted by Hoskinson and Chenault plus a Judge’s Conference conducted by Faccioli, will also take place on August 9.

The event coincides with the traditional Fiesta de las Flores in Medellin. The Fiesta is a beautiful event that attracts many people to see the city colored with flowers. The TICA SA Region is excited to include their fun, felines and friendship along with this special party.

TICA South Central Regional Update:

TICA South Central Awards sponsorships are still available!! Sponsor your favorite SC feline or young person by July 15. Go to www.ticasouthcentral.com and click on the golden trophy. The Region is seeking100% sponsorship this year.

Mark your calendar for the following shows/events:

  • The South Central Regional show and Awards Banquet is being hosted by Red River Rascals August 3-4, 2019 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The TICA SC Region strongly encourages members to enter the show and make their entry banquet reservations in now.

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