Aline Noel-Garel Named Judge of the Year

Another show season ended April 30th…and another judge has been recognized as Judge of the Year! Congratulations to Aline Noel-Garel who was named Judge of the Year for 2009-2010 by TICA at the Annual Awards Banquet last weekend in Santa Clara, CA.

Aline, who is from Quebec, Canada, became a judge in 1988. But she was highly involved in the cat fancy and helped introduce the Sphynx not only to the United States, but to get it recognized as an approved championship breed. Now every Sphynx that enters a show hall can say thank you to Aline for helping them get the chance to compete for titles and regional and international awards! Today the Sphynx is one of the top ten favorite breeds of cats!

Vickie Fisher, president of TICA said that even before becoming a TICA judge, Aline has championed TICA. To Vickie, there is no finer person than Aline that she wants to represent TICA in countries around the world.

Aline is the thirtieth judge to be named Judge of the Year. Since 1980, TICA’s members have voted for the judge that deserves the distinguished title of Judge of the Year in recognition of their hard work during the previous show season

Cats Convened From Around the World In Sunny Santa Clara

More than 350 cats from around the world were in sunny Santa Clara CA last week for TICA’s Annual Cat Show. It’s held each year in conjunction with the Annual Awards Banquet where they crowned the top cats for the 2009-2010 show season that ended April 30th.

Judges from around the world handled cats, kittens, alters, household pets and household pet kittens in 12 rings of non-stop judging. At the end on Sunday September 5th the Best of the Best were announced! That’s the top three of each category. Want to know who they were? Well, tah dah….here are the Best of the Best for the 2010 Annual Cat Show!

Best of the Best Cats

Minusdetails Night Hawk – Cymric                                                                                                                                                                  Dorwill Rachel A – Exotic Shorthair 
Luvpurrs Dream Weaver – Tonkinese

Best of the Best Kittens

Owhl Windup Toy of Moulinrouge
Broadsway Machias of Mtncats – Maine Coon 
RoyalLions Lunar Eclipse of MTNest – Maine Coon

Best of the Best Alters

Sha Yen Priceless of Sirpurrs – Persian                                                                                                                                                              LAPD Sex Pistol – Maine Coon
Tassam Klip Purr of St Valentine – Balinese 

Best of the Best Household Pet Kittens

Prada 
Benjamin Button of Dreamscape                                                                                                                                                                             Ali Macclaw

Best of the Best Household Pets

Elis Commin
Awwsome Amber of Careycats
Splatatoon

Congratulations to everyone!!!

Oh, and in addition to the 12 rings of judging, there was a clicker training demo led by (name); cats competed for a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records as the tallest cat; and Savannahs were on display for everyone to see in person.

June Is Adopt A Cat Month

June is Adopt A Cat Month, and in celebration local rescue groups will have kittens and cats for adoption at local TICA cat shows.

Many cats and kittens adopted from shelters and rescue groups have enjoyed the “spotlight” at cat shows and become winning household pet cats and kittens. Last show season that ended April 30, 2010, there were 506 household pet cats and 186 household pet kittens that competed at local shows around the world.

TICA was the first cat registry that allowed registration of household pets. Cats and kittens can also compete for the same regional and international awards as pedigreed cats. Household pet cats can also earn the same titles as pedigreed cats registered with TICA.

If you can’t adopt a new cat or kitten, you can help promote June Is Adopt A Cat Month by:

But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help:

  1. paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your Facebook page: “June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat or kitten!”
  2. Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat or kitten!”
  3. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see if you can (1) foster a cat or kitten (2) make a donation of towels, food, and other items they can use or (3) make a cash donation.