Online Litter Registration

Good news! All litters can be registered ONLINE through TICA's TDS (TICA Data System).

Qualifying SBT and SBV litters are registered immediately and Breeder Slips are available for immediate download. Now, all litters may be registered online. The previously "non-qualifying" litters will be processed through the Executive Office and Breeder Slips made available for downloading from your TDS Account. All litter registrations may be paid via credit card or PayPal.

If anyone has already used the system, please share your experience with us - good or bad! The Office wants to know if improvements need to be made.

As always, if you have any problems, please contact Frances Cardona at fcardona@tica.org

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Hello folks.

On behalf of the TICA Board of Directors, I'd like to apologize for the tardy communication with our U.S. members regarding the APHIS rule. Our Legislative Committee had asked for time to receive, evaluate and discuss the ruling with others. The document is 91 pages long and there remain many questions unanswered.

At this point, this is what we plan to do. We will update our Legislative webpage with the latest flowcharts, analyzing who is subject and who is exempt from the rule (to the extent we can interpret the rule.) We will also refer you to other information that we are aware of. I will let you know when that information is available.

We have been and will stay in contact with other organizations that have a common interest with us in opposing the APHIS rule. At the moment, it is unclear that filing an injunction, as some have suggested, would produce the results we would want. It is very expensive. It is an issue under consideration.

While it always seems that having someone else fight the fight is preferable, I can honestly say that an organization, like TICA, has a limited voice. TICA did respond to the proposed rule, as did AKC and CFA and others. What is the MOST effective is when YOU make your wishes known. I know it's uncomfortable. I know it's distasteful. BUT, it is what is responded to. So, for now, as before, please contact your congressmen. This is NOT a legislative issue, it is an administrative issue, BUT there is an impact.

Bottom line is that TICA remains opposed to the new rule and the potential harm it may cause. Now is not the time to panic. However, due to the complexity of the APHIS rule and accompanying comments, it is extremely important that every breeder and rescue familiarize themselves with the rule to determine how they might be affected by it. Many individuals will find they are exempt or can become exempt from the rule by making just a few modifications to their current practices. Others may find that, given their particular situation, the rule and comments are not enough and actual legal advice regarding APHIS, as well as applicable local and state laws, may be necessary to achieve the level of comfort they desire.

Click here to view the flowchart.

For the TICA Board of Directors,

Vickie Fisher, President

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History of TICA Quilt

As part of our fundraising efforts for the 2016 Annual in San Diego, we will be raffling off a photo History of TICA quilt.

If you had the Best International Kitten, Cat, Alter, HHP, HHPK overall in any year, then we need your high resolution pictures. Please include when sending, the cat's name, the year the award was achieved and your name.

You can send photos to: tica2016@gmail.com.

Photos will be collected until March 17th. So, if you want to be included in this special quilt, please send your pictures today. For those competing this season, we will extend the dealine for the 5 top cats until July 17th.

Get those pics in today...don't delay.

Meow for now,

Melissa Eichler

San Diego 2016

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Judith Milling, SE - TREND EDITOR

Hi, my name is Judith Milling. I want to introduce myself as the Trend Editor.

I am really exited about working on the Trend. My background has always been in printing one way or another for 39 years. I worked with the Federal Civil Defense guides, then into layout and presentations for the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of the Army. My last 15 years was running a graphics shop for the Army.

I currently share my home with Birmans, Maine Coons, Ragdolls, and Household pets. I also have two dogs. I am a member and exhibitor in the Southeast Region. I am most proud of my Birman Alter "Simon" who was the Best Alter in the Southeast Region last year.

I look forward to working with everyone in the cat fancy. Keep me busy by sharing photos of your precious babies.

I will be happy to help you with anything you want to see in the Trend. Please email me at: shutterbug1948@gmail.com, with any questions or concerns you might have.

Be a part of the "Trend".

Judith Milling

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