TICA Member Newsletter
Did you register a litter, renew your membership or order a pedigree and inadvertently overpay? Did you throw that Executive Office notice of CREDIT DUE in a drawer, intending to use it on that next registration or to order a Yearbook – and then totally forgot about it? Well, now it is easier than ever to keep track of any overpayments and credits.
Simply log in to your TDS (TICA Data System) account and look for the "Available Credit" amount prominently displayed in red on the upper left hand panel. The credit will automatically be available to you as an offset to your next TDS transaction!
If you don't currently have a TDS account, there is no charge to open one and it is simple to do. Click here and follow the prompts.
Credits are not just available for services ordered through TDS Online. They can be used for ANY transaction requiring payment to TICA's Executive Office.
Meet the Purrmaids, TICA's newest Endorsement of Excellence recipient and home to a variety of adoptable cat mermaid plush toys, each with distinct personalities. Each Purrmaid is complete with masterful embroidery, hand-sewn with soft minky fabric, and filled with soft polyester. Each large Purrmaid retails for $40 plus shipping & handling. Current adoptions are open for:
For more information or to adopt a Purrmaid of your own, go to
As cat owners know, proper care of felines takes time, a lot of knowledge, and a lifetime commitment. Ramona D. Marek's award-winning new book, Cats for the GENIUS, shows new cat owners how to build a foundation for a long, healthy, happy relationship with their most recent feline family member.
This easy-to-read book serves as a comprehensive guide to teach new owners how to be exceptional cat parents. Topics range from finding the right breed and preparing your home for your cat's arrival, to the basics of food, nutrition and grooming. There is also extensive information on health and behavior. The author shares many of her own personal cat experiences throughout the book and each chapter includes useful tips, such as how to make a homemade non-toxic household cleaner.
"This is a great book for cat owners and want-to-be cat owners," said 11 year-old cat owner Ashby Fulkerson. "After reading this book you will know a lot about caring for cats. I think my cat is happier because I read this guide. It's long, but I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the section on communicating because it teaches the basics of what a cat is saying. The part on cat behavior was useful because it explains why they scratch furniture."
A look inside the book, including the table of contents and summary of chapters, can be found here.
About the Author: Award-winning author, Ramona D. Marek, MS Ed. is a life-long cat lover who grew up writing fantasy stories about animals. More recently, her work about the mystery, myths and misunderstanding of cats and other animals, has been published in many outlets including Animal Wellness, Catnip (Tufts), Cat Talk, CatWatch and DogWatch (Cornell), CAT FANCY, and pet retail trade Pet Product News International.
Ramona grew up with dogs as pets and while in high school, along with her siblings, devised a supreme master plan to add a cat to their family. Today she is the owner of a 12 year-old Siberian named Tsarevich Ivan and nine year-old Natasha Fatale.
Read more about Ramona's cat-owning experiences and her journey to becoming an award-winning pet author here.
2017 Winn Media Award. BJ Bangs was recently presented with the 2017 Winn Media award at the annual BlogPaws Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. Winn’s Executive Director, Dr. Vicki Thayer, made the announcement in a streaming video at the conference awards ceremony. BlogPaws highlights the work of all bloggers, writers and individuals who promote information about pets. BJ Bangs was selected for the award in part because she absolutely loves cats. Her blog, bjbangs.net (Paws for Reflection) focuses on anything and everything that impacts cats around the world. This includes travel, book reviews, rescue, state and local legislation affecting pets, and problems caused by pet overpopulation. Currently she is focusing on the Feline Fix by Five program endorsed by Winn and other organizations through sharing the initiative’s goals and story with others.
The final countdown to register for Winn's Symposium! Are you ready? Winn's Symposium Registration will be open until June 26th. The speaker is Dr. Niels Pedersen from the University of California-Davis. He will discuss current information on FIP diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Additional details and registration information can be found here.
June Planned Giving Tax Tip: How to Take Advantage of Matching Funds. An often overlooked way to make charitable contributions is by using other peoples' money. Socially conscious businesses may donate a portion of their proceeds to charity or by offering matching funds.
For example, the online retailer Amazon has a program called Amazon Smile. By enrolling and using the "Smile" site Amazon will make donations of 0.5% of qualifying purchases. You need to sign up and select the Winn Feline Foundation Inc. Winn also works with the IGive and Giving Assistant programs to receive additional contributions.
Some employers will also match employee donations to qualified charities (usually up to a certain amount). If your employer has a matching program but needs additional information to include Winn, we can assist them with any paperwork. When you donate, the following email acknowledgment has a method to check if your employer will offer a matching donation or view Winn's matching gift program webpage.
Don't forget at tax time that you can only deduct the amount of your charitable contributions, not money given by others.
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