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August 12, 2020

TICA August 2020 Newsletter

 


August 13, 2020


In This Issue 

Vickie Fisher Announces Plans for Digital TransformationTICA Candidates for President/Vice President Announced | TICA Appoints Jeff Shi as Interim Regional DirectorTICA Announces Agenda for Annual Board MeetingTICA Licensed Shows Resume | Kitten Webinar Workshops Now Accessible to All Online  | TICA Sphynx Breed Committee Offers Free August 15 Webinar | Felis Historica Launches as the First International Magazine Dedicated to the History of CatsTICA Seeks Nominations To Thank Coronavirus Heroes TICA Hero SpotlightWINN Feline Foundation August 2020 Update | TICA Regional Updates | In Case You Missed It...


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Vickie Fisher Announces Plans for Digital Transformation

TICA President Vickie Fisher is pleased to announce the exciting beginning of a digital transformation project to upgrade and restructure both TICA’s website and IT infrastructure. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the digital transformation project during the Special July 25 Board Meeting.

The website redesign will implement best practices, easier navigation, and roll out new services for members and clients. As part of TICA’s goal to be the world authority on cats and promote proper care for cats, the website will be organized in a way that speaks to not only the members and clients of TICA, but to cat lovers in general.   The IT infrastructure project will convert TICA to a modern technology, provide more self-service opportunities to our members and clients and make TICA more agile to implement new ideas and adapt with the market.  The projects are expected to take 8-10 months at a cost of approximately $400,000.

Many thanks go to President Vickie Fisher, Vice-President Ralph Stadter, Chief Operating Officer Danny Nevarez, and TICA’s Board of Directors for moving these changes forward on behalf of TICA's Members. Stay tuned for updates and additional details.




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TICA Candidates for President/Vice President Announced

This fall, TICA holds elections for President, Vice President, and Breed Committees. Voting begins the end of October and results will be announced in December. Please be sure to vote because a high turnout makes TICA more representative and ensures a strong and solid future for the organization.

Your vote is an important, meaningful way to advance the issues you care about and a chance for you to choose the representatives you think will best achieve the results you want to see within TICA. Candidates for TICA President and Vice President include:

2020 Voting Ballot: Presidential Candidates:

2020 Voting Ballot: Vice Presidential Candidates:

Find the latest updates and news related to the election on the TICA Candidates for President, Vice President 2020



 

TICA News Briefs

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TICA Appoints Jeff Shi as Interim Regional Director

The TICA Board of Directors has appointed Jeff Shi as Interim Regional Director for our Asia West (AW) Region. Please help us welcome Jeff to the TICA Board.

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TICA Announces Agenda for Annual Board Meeting

The Agenda for the TICA Board's Annual Meeting has been posted. A considerable number of proposals, many of which may become part of the Fall Membership Ballot, are included. Please take time to review them and let your Regional Directors hear your thoughts.





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Kitten Webinar Workshops Now Accessible to All Online

In June, TICA partnered with Dr. Elsey's Cat Products and the National Kitten Coalition to host a series of three webinars to keep members informed on issues that impact young felines. Those webinars -- topics include: Panleukopenia, upper respiratory infections and diarrhea in kittens, and Fading Kitten Syndrome – are now available to watch online with the password TICANKC2020. Recordings will only be accessible until January 15, 2021.





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TICA Licensed Shows Resume

As areas of the world open in various stages a few TICA clubs have begun to license shows. Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products is proud to sponsor the following shows set for the coming months. Please note, all shows listed below are not open to the public and adhere to state and local government guidelines.





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TICA Sphynx Breed Committee Offers Free August 15 Webinar

TICA has recognized the Sphynx breed for more than 20 years, but aside from its hairless coat what do you really know about the breed?

Those who want to learn more about this inquisitive and extremely friendly breed can join TICA Sphynx Breed Committee Chair, Shauntay Burris, on August 15 at 1PM (PDT) via Zoom for a free, in-depth webinar that will equip Sphynx enthusiasts with a better understanding and interpretation of the TICA written breed standard. Shauntay will also discuss the unique features of the breed and what judges look for in the breed during a show.

Space is limited, so sign up now so you don’t miss out. Register here

The webinar is free, but organizers are accepting donations that will be applied in full to funding HCM research. Donations can be made to the PayPal account ticasxcommittee@gmail.com.





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Felis Historica Launches as the First International Magazine Dedicated to the History of Cats

TICA is pleased to endorse the launch of Felis Historica, an impressive 82-page first issue online magazine that celebrates every aspect of the history of cats, both before and during the start of cat shows 150 years ago. The creation of Editor John G. Smithson and Co-Editor Karen Lawrence, it is the first international magazine dedicated exclusively to everything cat. It is also the first publication to include every major feline registry worldwide. All contributing columnists and correspondents have each shared their lives with cats, either as breeders, judges, writers, artists, historians, line-chasers, veterinarians, geneticists, scientists, and technicians.

International Correspondents, such as TICA’s own past Reginal Director Ellen Crockett and current Board members and Regional Directors Steven Meserve, Luiz Paulo Faccioli, and Liesbeth van Mullem will join others from an array of Associations and Regions that make up the cat fancy from around the world.

Subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss an issue.

Check out TICA’s full-page color ads in the August, September, and October issues as well as ads over the next nine months.





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TICA Seeks Nominations To Thank Coronavirus Heroes

TICA wants to hear about members who are helping us get through the coronavirus pandemic. Whether they're a doctor, nurse, grocery store clerk, delivery person, teacher, or other essential employee. Tell us about everyday heroes who are TICA members. Contributions both big and small are important and valued. Complete the form for the chance to have them honored and featured in TICA's newsletter and on tica.org.





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TICA Hero Spotlight:
TICA Thanks Great Lakes Regional Member Chris Unangst for Going to Great Lengths to Keep Our Kids Educated and Helping TICA Thrive

While not on what is traditionally thought of as "the front line" as a health care worker or first responder, TICA Allbreed Judge Chris Unangst has been working in a field that has increasingly become our new front line during the pandemic, education!

Last spring, many parents learned the important lesson that teachers are irreplaceable and essential to learning and education. TICA would like to Thank Great Lakes Regional member Chris Unangst for helping kids thrive amid school closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

As one parent put it, “at the end of the first day of my kids being out of school after our attempts at learning at home, my conclusion… teachers are superheroes, the end.”

Chris has worked as a teaching assistant in a special education classroom at McCord Junior High School in Ohio. Working with a visually impaired teacher, Chris not only assists with helping the students learn, but is also literally the eyes of the teacher.

As you can imagine, teaching remotely added additional obstacles to her already challenging job. As a result, Chris quickly adapted to the situation and became a "technical resource" by helping set up virtual learning sessions and handling other technical support issues for her teacher and class. Throughout the school closure, she spent countless hours each day helping keep her class connected and guiding them through their coursework.

Chris has been a TICA member for more than two-thirds of her life. During that time, she has been a member of four different TICA regions, has bred different breeds, rescued cats in need, and achieved international wins in TICA’s five main competitive classes.

Best known for helping members celebrate their wins and history each year by creating TICA’s Annual Yearbook, with the help of Vanadis Crawford, Chris works each year to create the beautiful PowerPoint presentation of winners at the awards banquets (both Regionally or Internationally). She helps numerous clubs host successful shows by working diligently as clerk, master clerk, entry clerk, and show manager, as well as serving as one of TICA’s esteemed Allbreed judges. This summer, she worked around the clock to secure sponsorships for all Great Lakes awards (rosettes, plaques and trophies).

Extra work in the classroom didn’t stop Chris from organizing both the Great Lakes awards & sponsorships as well as sponsorships for the IW awards. And if that wasn't enough, she also served as the entry clerk for both the Great Lakes and International Virtual Cat Shows where she processed more than 2000 entries (and 6000 images). She worked tirelessly to fundraise for TICA and engage our members in the virtual shows.

Join us in thanking Chris! 





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WINN Feline Foundation August 2020 Update

Winn Feline Foundation’s Monthly Webinars: Winn’s Education Committee has designated monthly webinars thru March 2021. All webinars are recorded and are accessible on the WINN website to view at your convenience.

Following is a list of upcoming events. Stay tuned for more details as they become available on the Winn website, social media, and email notifications.

  • Decoding Your Cat: Feline Elimination Problems – Dr. Meghan Herron August 20, 2020 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT.
  • Pain Management – Dr. Robin Downing and Steve Dale, September 10, 2020 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT.
  • Kitten GI Issues – Dr. Jody Gookin, October 15th, 2020 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT.
  • Diabetes – TBD, November 2020

 

Winn Feline Foundation is Hiring! Winn is looking for a Development Director to join the team. Learn more about the position.

 

Cures4Cats Update: Cures4Cats is around the corner and will launch October 17th, 2020. This year’s campaign will focus on raising funds for feline diabetes research. Stay tuned for more details.






TICA REGIONAL UPDATES:

Regional Update

TICA Regional Updates

TICA Great Lakes Region
TICA Mid Atlantic Region
TICA Northeast Region
TICA Northwest Region
TICA South Central Region
TICA Southwest Region





TICA Great Lakes Regional Update:

TICA GL 2019-2020 Regional Award Banquet Updates - The regional awards show and banquet is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Once plans are finalized, an email will be sent with all of the details.

The Top 25 Regional Winners and Best of Breed Winners will be presented with awards at the Regional Banquet on the Saturday night of the event. If your cat earned a best of color or second or third of breed, you will be receiving an electronic certificate from TICA.

Pictures Needed! Please send a photo of your Top 25 Regional Winning Cat, Kitten, Alter, HHP kitten, HHP, LH Cat or SH Cat, Best of Breed, LA/OD/OS, In Memory Cats, and any candid shots taken at shows during the season. Please note, pictures do not have to be professional. You are welcome to take pictures at home and remember that if you do not send a photo, we can use a funny photo instead.

     Extended Deadline: September 10, 2020
     Please, send only one photo per e-mail and indicate your cat’s name and award.
     Send to: chris.unangst@gmail.com

Added bonus - If you send a photo to Chris, she will also include your winning cat’s photo in the TICA Yearbook. If your cat is also an International Winner, Chris will also use the pictures in the presentation at the TICA Annual Awards Presentation.

Order Your Yearbook Now - 2019-2020 yearbooks can also be ordered through Chris. The TICA yearbook is a keepsake of the outstanding cats that have won at the Regional and International Level during the 2019-2020 year.



Sponsors Needed! Please consider helping our Region by taking advantage of one of these sponsorship opportunities. Extended deadline for all sponsorships is September 10, 2020.

  • Sponsor your favorite cat or friend receiving a Regional Award by completing this form.
  • Sponsor TICA GL rosettes and/or award plaque and be listed in the program by contacting Chris Unangst directly at chris.unangst@gmail.com.

Special Awards Voting: Judge, Clerk, Member & Show of the Year

  • Only GL Members as of June 1, 2020, are eligible to vote.
  • Deadline for voting is September 10, 2020.
  • Vote Here - 2019-2020 Great Lakes Special Awards





TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Update:

Sponsors Needed: Please consider sponsoring an award for the MA Region’s 2019-2020 winners!  Follow the link https://ticama.org/2020/awardsponsor.htm and sponsor any that do not have a red line through them. Deadline is August 31, 2020. 

MA Power Point Presentation and Yearbook Photos Due: Remember to send photos of your cats to Megan Gallaher at mlgallaher0192@gmail.com to be added to the MA Region power point presentation. Megan can also forward the images to Chris Unangst to be added to this year’s TICA Yearbook. The deadline for the Yearbook is September 1, 2020.

MA Regional Show:  The MA Region is putting the finishing touches on the Karousel Kats Regional show. Stay tuned for a post from MA EC Donna Maddox, our EC.

Mark Your Calendar!  Enter the United Cat Club’s show, August 28 -30 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA www.UnitedCatClub.com . Contact Jessica Petras at UnitedCatClub@gmail.com with questions.





TICA Northeast Regional Update:

Regional Winners & Award Sponsorships – The TICA Northeast Region is pleased to honor our Regional Winners together! Award sponsorships are now available for purchase. Please visit the NE regional website (www.ticane.com) to sponsor your favorite cat(s) with a congratulatory message. Stay tuned for more information regarding the NE Region’s upcoming virtual awards presentation!

Mark Your Calendar!! The following regional shows are currently still scheduled to take place in 2020. Please refer to our FB page and/or our regional email list for updates:

  • Nauticats, October 3-4, 2020 at the Centre de Foires in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
  • Nauticats, October 17-18, 2020 at the Quebec Centre Foires - Expocite in Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Nauticats, November 7-8, 2020 at the Parc Olympique in Montreal, Quebec.
  • NOW CANCELLED: Clawsome Cats, November 14-15 in Seekonk, MA.

NE Regional Spotlight: Our 2019/2020 Regional Winners - A champagne toast and a big congratulations to the TICA 2019/2020 NE Regional Winners! Although the Regional Show and Awards Banquet has been postponed, a virtual celebration that will feature the region's top felines is being planned!  In the meantime, please join us in honoring and congratulating our best in each class:

  • Best Kitten: IW BW Chemicoons Helium of Concordance
  • Best Cat: IW BW SGC Anouchka Champagne On Ice 
  • Best Shorthair Cat: IW BW SGC Singville Emerald
  • Best Longhair Cat: IW, BW, SGC Anouchka Champagne on Ice
  • Best Alter: IW BW SGC Beauchador Diamonds
  • Best HHP Kitten: RW Louis Strongarm
  • Best HHP Adult: RW SGM Orville

A Message from TICA NE Regional Director Tania Antenucci: “Please continue to stay safe and well until we meet at a show again - hopefully soon!"





TICA Northwest Regional Update:

The 2019-2020 regional awards presentation, originally planned for August, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held on February 13, 2021 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bellingham, Washington. It is hoped the US/CA border will be open by then to allow the entire region to attend. More information about the banquet and show will be posted on the Northwest Region’s website www.ticanw.com and Evergreen Cat Fanciers website www.evergreencatfanciers.org.





TICA South Central Regional Update:

Virtual SC Regional Awards - A virtual presentation of the 2019-2020 South Central Regional Awards will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 7 pm CST. This will be a preview of the SC Region’s in-person awards ceremony that will be held on January 16, 2021.

Vote for Your Favorite SC Personality - Go to www.ticasouthcentral.com and click on the words "Personality Award Ballot" to vote for your favorite South Central personality. The deadline for voting has been extended to October 18th.

Sponsor Your Favorite Feline or Young Human - Go to www.ticasouthcentral.com and click on golden trophy to sponsor your favorite feline or young human. The deadline for sponsorships is November 1st.

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Gulf Coast Feline Foundation, September 26-27, 2020 at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center in Deer Park, TX.
  • Mission City Cat Club, November 7-8, 2020 at the Seguin City Coliseum in Seguin, TX.
  • Turkish Van Connection, December 12-13, 2020 at the Ellis County Youth Expo Center in Waxahachie, TX.





TICA Southwest Regional Update:

The TICA SW Region Awards Banquet Update: The SW Region is planning to hold a Regional Awards Banquet when things look better, preferably in conjunction with one of the Arcadia shows. The Region currently has shows scheduled for September, November, and December.  Stay tuned for more details.

TICA Southwest 2019-2020 Regional Awards have been posted! Learn more about this year’s winners.

Calling all Sponsors! Award sponsorships are now available for purchase at https://www.ticasw.com/reg_win20.php. Please look for the button to sponsor an award on the page.

Remember to Vote for SW Member and Judge of the Year! Look for the link to vote for Member and Judge of the Year on the SW Region website at www.ticasw.com.





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In Case You Missed It…

Check out TICA's top social media posts you may have missed...

On TICA's Instagram: Meet Thriller, the first Championship Toyger to become an International Winner.
On TICA's Facebook: Check out some of TICA members' favorite show moments.
On TICA's Twitter: Science Times did a deep dive on the domestication of cats.

 

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AAFP Virtual Conference

AVMA Virtual Conference

Virtual Exhibit Hall

This interactive virtual exhibit hall will offer many interactive elements and upgraded features. Attendees will be able to navigate to each booth using the interactive floorplan or sorting by company name, product/service category, logo, or search button. The virtual exhibit hall will be “open” and have live hours during the 4 conference days of October 3 and 4 and 24 and 25. The virtual exhibit booths will be available for attendees to view at any time over a 3 month period.

Please note: The AAFP does not endorse the products or services of the companies that exhibit.

Current Exhibitors

As of July 22nd, 2020

  • Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc.
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)
  • Antech Diagnostics & Imaging - Sound
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • BCP Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Blue Natural Veterinary Diets
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Ceva Animal Health
  • Clipper Distributing Company, LLC
  • Companion Animal Health by LiteCure, LLC
  • Companion Design
  • Covetrus
  • Cubex
  • Dechra Veterinary Products
  • DMS Laboratories, Inc.
  • Doctor Multimedia
  • DVM Solutions
  • Elanco
  • Elsevier
  • Emeraid-Lafeber
  • Germedusa
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
  • IDEXX Laboratories
  • MEDCO Instruments Inc.
  • Meds for Vets Compounding Pharmacy
  • Merck Animal Health
  • MDS Incorporated
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
  • Nationwide Pet Insurance
  • Norbrook Inc.
  • Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc.
  • petMAP
  • Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets
  • Royal Canin
  • SelenBio Dental
  • Snyder Manufacturing Company
  • Specialty Veterinary Pharmacy
  • The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA)
  • The National Kitten Coalition
  • VetStem Biopharma
  • Vet-Ray by Sedecal
  • Wedgewood Pharmacy
  • Winn Feline Foundation
  • Zoetis
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TICA July 2020 Newsletter

 


July 13, 2020


In This Issue 

TICA Concludes Virtual Show SeasonTICA News BriefsTICA Publishes 2019-2020 Season WinnersTICA Awards Banquet & Presentation UpdateThe TICA Board Approves Judges  | Take TICA’s Yearbook SurveyTICA July Breed of the Month: MinuetTICA Website Shares HABRI Pets for Healthy Aging Infographic In Case You Missed It… | TICA Hero SpotlightWinn Feline Foundation July 2020 UpdateTICA Regional Updates


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TICA Concludes Virtual Show Season:
Shows Raised More than $40,000 to Help TICA Regions

TICA’s virtual cat show season culminated June 27-28, with its International Show. Ted E. Bear Fleuff, owned by Kitti Ruttan (California, U.S.) was named the Best of the Best in Show. In addition to winning the top prize, the cat was also the recipient of a Sleepypod Pet Carrier, a $100 gift card from Sturdi Products, and an array of Zymox Products. See results from the individual classes, including ‘Best of the Best’, for each class.

The event drew more than 900 entries and raised more than $10,000. Ten percent of the funds raised from the International show will go to the South Central Region for having the largest number of entries in the International Show as compared to any other region. A $250 donation from the proceeds of the International Show was also made to both the WINN Feline Foundation and National Kitten Coalition in honor of the judges of the show. The remaining 90-percent of funds will be donated to a TICA Annual fund.

The International Show was the culmination of 11 Regional virtual shows that began April 4-5 with the South American Region. In total, more than 5,835 people entered Regional shows and more than $40,000 U.S. dollars was raised by all virtual events. TICA Regional Directors Vicki Jo Harrison and Liz Brown served as co-organizers for International Finale Show.

“The huge success of the virtual shows proves that not even a pandemic can stop TICA members and the cat fancy from continuing to share their fabulous felines, fun and friendships,” said TICA Virtual Show Co-Organizer Vicki Jo Harrison.

In addition to the traditional TICA competitive classes (kittens, cats, alter, HHPK, HHP, PNB/ANB/NT) the show hosted a Junior Exhibitor ring and five fun rings, including: Rainbow Bridge HHP, Rainbow Bridge Pedigreed Cats, Litter Match (two or more kittens under four months from the same litter), Funny Feline pictures with humorous captions or bloopers-type images, and Amateur Photographers (judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Helmi Flick, Ken Flick, Larry Johnson and Diana Starr). Each class was judged by nine different judges (with the exception of the Amateur Photographers fun ring and Junior Exhibitor).

A huge thank you goes out to event sponsors Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products, Zymox Products, Sleepypod, PawTree, Sturdi Products, and Zaphyr Solutions, Inc. Virtual shows would not have been a big success without their generous help and support.

TICA’s virtual cat shows started as an idea by South Central Regional members Jonna Inman and Jackie Rose to keep members engaged amid stay-at-home orders earlier this year and raise funds to help those who were forced to cancel shows due to the coronavirus.

Each TICA Region set up their own virtual show under established TICA guidelines and were held on each Region’s Facebook page or website. Events did not count as an official show for points or titles. All entry fees for the individual, regional shows, went directly to each Region's treasury.

 


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Special TICA Board Meeting Set for July 25

A special TICA Board meeting will take place July 25 via Zoom. Please note that for security reasons, only authenticated users can participate in the meeting. This means that you must log on to Zoom in order to be able to access the meeting. View the full agenda and obtain the link and meeting ID to participate.

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TICA Publishes 2019-2020 Season Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019-2020 season!

See the official final standings published by TICA’s Executive Office were updated on June 17 and posted on tica.org.

Scores are based on the List of shows scored by the Executive Office (PDF).

Estimated Standings are based on the show reports generated by volunteer show reporters. Because these estimates are compiled from show reports, the scores shown may not be accurate. 

The TICA EO is sending out regional breed and color certificates via email. Make sure you check your spam folder!

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TICA Awards Banquet & Presentation Update

The TICA 2019-2020 Awards Banquet & Presentation has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Marriott South Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. This date was chosen by the TICA Board in hopes that things might be "back to normal" enough for people to travel and attend by early next year.

Please note, TICA’s Annual has not been moved to Houston. This event is not the 2020 Annual that was being organized by Capital Cat Club and the TICA Mid Atlantic Region. As a result to changes being made this year the Mid Atlantic Region Annual will be held September 2024. Europe North will remain the host of the TICA Annual 2021 and the Great Lakes Region will continue to host the TICA 2022 Annual.

The Mid Atlantic Region will have the opportunity to bid on the Annual again in 2024.

Stay tuned for more details coming later this summer.

 Please save the date and start making plans to come celebrate our fabulous felines in Houston!

Congratulations

The TICA Board Approves Judges

Please join the TICA Judging Committee in congratulating the following judges that were advanced to Judge Emeritus status by vote of the Board of Directors:

Provisional AB: Charlotte Shea (SC);
Approved AB: Francoise Dubois (ES), Andreas Kretschmer-Kraiczek (EN), Alex Marinets (NW).
Approved Judge Emeritus status: Paul Lahey (retired)

Join TICA in congratulating each of these judges!

 

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Tell TICA What You Think: Take TICA’s Yearbook Survey

To help us serve you better, TICA is seeking your feedback to understand how we can continue to improve our annual Yearbook. Tell us how we are doing and how we can better serve your needs and give you more value in your membership. Click here to complete the survey.

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TICA July Breed of the Month: Minuet

Known for their endearing baby-doll face, the Minuet is TICA’s July Breed of the Month. Learn how this laid-back, playful, and curious breed is connected to emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and if the Minuet is right for you and your family.

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TICA Website Shares HABRI Pets for Healthy Aging Infographic

TICA has long been an advocate of the science supporting the many health benefits pets offer their human companions over a lifetime. As such, tica.org now features an infographic highlighting the science supporting pets for healthy aging created by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). The Infographic, “Can Pets Help You Live Longer?” is a collection of scientific research findings indicating the benefits of pets for a longer, healthier life.

Among the many benefits, research suggests that pet ownership can facilitate resiliency against cardiovascular disease, reduce obesity and improve physical activity, provide important social support and even reduce overall risk of mortality over the long-term.

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In Case You Missed It…

Check out TICA's top social media posts you may have missed...

On TICA's Instagram: TICA Celebrated the LaPerm
On TiCA's Facebook: Sometimes It Takes 9 Lives to Save One.
On TICA's Twitter: Sharing Your Home With a Kitty Can Improve Heart Health


Courtney Bell July Hero

TICA Hero Spotlight:

TICA Thanks Mid Atlantic Regional Member
Courtney Bell for Her Generous Act of Caring for Those In Need

With great anticipation, Courtney Bell put a deposit on a kitten earlier this year. When the coronavirus hit, she decided to wait on the kitten and was graciously refunded her deposit from the breeder. However, instead of spending her newfound money on herself, Courtney used her funds to start a food pantry to help her neighbors who were in need.

Hearing that demand for food assistance was rising at an extraordinary rate, just as the nation’s food banks were being struck by shortages of both donated food and volunteer workers, a food pantry sounded like the best way to support her community. Many of Courtney’s neighbors in the Richmond, VA area are either elderly and could no longer safely shop at a grocery store, or had lost a portion of their income due to the Covid-19-related closures.

With that in mind, Courtney created the Eastview Food Pantry. She ordered food from Amazon and began gathering non-perishable goods such as canned fruits, vegetables, cereal, soup, peanut butter, and crackers and organized the food on shelves on her front porch. A true grass roots effort, she posted news of the food pantry on her neighborhood Facebook group and other community message boards, along with a sign on her lawn. As people took items she restocked them.

“Once some kids from a block over rang the doorbell and asked if I had ice cream,” said Courtney. “I didn’t but I made sure to have some next time and told them to ring the bell when they came again.”

Courtney ran a total of four food pantries in March and April.  She stocked them all herself and dipped into her savings after she spent more than her kitten refund.  The following week, a deacon from St John’s Church and other neighbors stepped in to offer assistance.  With their support, and $200 of Courtney’s savings, she held her last food pantry on Mother’s Day weekend.  That included deli meat, cheese and fresh fruit.  The church supplied loaves of bread, potatoes, as well as apples and oranges and canned goods.

Even though she closed her food pantry, Courtney still gets knocks on her door for food. When they knock she gives them what she has in her kitchen. Not finished giving, she is saving her money in hopes to hold a Thanksgiving and Christmas pantry.

Courtney is a TICA member in the Mid Atlantic Region. She attended her first cat show in 2016 and has three IWs since joining TICA, IW SGC Purfurvid Pioneer of Rivabell (Exotic), LA SGCA Beauchador Foxy of Rivabell (American Wirehair), and IW SGC Dark Diamond’s Reuben of Rivabell (Exotic).  She bred her first litter last year, which produced RW Rivabell Rejoice.

Join us in thanking Courtney! 


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Winn Feline Foundation July 2020 Update:

More from the Winn Feline Foundation’s FIP Symposium

Last November, Winn hosted a successful FIP Symposium: PURRsuing FIP and WINNing at the University of California, Davis.

Read the summary document from the webinar created to help cat advocates everywhere understand that feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is now a treatable disease

Winn is also working with AAFP on FIP Guidelines beginning next month and hopes to have the first piece completed by the end of 2020 and the second part finished by Spring of 2021.

Winn Feline Genetics Webinar Draws Nearly 400 Registrants

Winn held the webinar “From Health and Morphology to Complex Genetic Traits, the Path of Progress in Feline Genetics” on June 11, 2020. The webinar, presented by Leslie Lyons, PhD, and moderated by Anthony Hutcherson, had nearly 400 registered for the event. Dr. Lyons was very gracious in staying on well past the proposed time to ensure everyone’s questions were answered.

Winn recorded this webinar and will send a link to all registrants and post on their website as soon as it is available.

Winn would like to thank Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products and TICA for their continued support of Winn Feline Foundation.

Winn to Host Monthly Webinars

As a result of the great feedback and participation, the Winn Education Committee has decided to continue with monthly webinars through March 2021.

Winn will expand upon the successful platform and audience it developed thanks to support from Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products, TICA, and CFA. The following topics have been identified by the Education Committee:

  • Kittens
  • Pain Management
  • Genetics
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Hereditary HCM
  • Behavior
  • Dermatology
  • Vaccinations

Most of these sessions will be RACE approved for continuing education and recorded so they can be viewed on demand. Stay tuned for more information on speakers, dates, and times.

Winn Feline Foundation Announces
New Call for Grant Proposals

Winn Feline Foundation, in a special funding opportunity co-sponsored by Nestlé Purina Petcare and Mars Petcare, is calling for proposals that address the effect that dietary phosphorus and calcium to phosphorus ratio have on renal health in cats.

Approximately $400,000 is available to fund proposals of sufficient scientific merit, relevance and potential to impact feline health. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, September 21, 2020 (5pm EDT).

Read more details about the grant and how to apply.

Regional Update

TICA Regional Updates

TICA Great Lakes Region
TICA Mid Atlantic Region
TICA Northeast Region
TICA South Central Region

TICA Great Lakes Regional Update:

TICA GL 2019-2020 Regional Award Banquet Updates - The regional awards show and banquet is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Once plans are finalized, an email will be sent with all of the details.

Tell Us What You Think: Take the TICA GL 2019-2020 Regional Awards Banquet Survey - Please take the time to fill out a quick survey to help the GL Region plan an awards banquet that takes your health and safety concerns into consideration. 

The Top 25 Regional Winners and Best of Breed Winners will be presented with awards at the Regional Banquet on the Saturday night of the event. If your cat earned a best of color or second or third of breed, you will be receiving an electronic certificate from TICA.

Pictures Needed! Please send a photo of your Top 25 Regional Winning Cat, Kitten, Alter, HHP kitten, HHP, LH Cat or SH Cat, Best of Breed, LA/OD/OS, In Memory Cats, and any candid shots taken at shows during the season. Please note, pictures do not have to be professional. You are welcome to take pictures at home and remember that if you do not send a photo, we can use a funny photo instead.

Deadline: August 1, 2020
Please, send only one photo per e-mail and indicate your cat’s name and award.
Send to: chris.unangst@gmail.com

Added bonus - If you send a photo to Chris, she will also include your winning cat’s photo in the TICA Yearbook. If your cat is also an International Winner, Chris will also use the pictures in the presentation at the TICA Annual Awards Presentation, which is also currently pending rescheduling.

Order Your Yearbook Now - 2019-2020 yearbooks can also be ordered through Chris. The TICA yearbook is a keepsake of the outstanding cats that have won at the Regional and International Level during the 2019-2020 year.

Sponsors Needed! Please consider helping our Region by taking advantage of one of these sponsorship opportunities. Deadline for all sponsorships is August 1, 2020.

  • Sponsor your favorite cat or friend receiving a Regional Award by completing this form.
  • Sponsor TICA GL rosettes and/or award plaque and be listed in the program by contacting Chris Unangst directly at chris.unangst@gmail.com.

Attention All Outstanding Sire, Outstanding Dam, or Lifetime Achievement Recipients - If you have a cat that has earned the OD, OS or LA title, please contact Chris Unangst at chris.unangst@gmail.com by June 15, 2020 with an 8x10 picture, suitable for framing.

Special Awards Voting: Judge, Clerk, Member & Show of the Year

  • Only GL Members as of June 1, 2020, are eligible to vote.
  • Deadline for voting is July 31, 2020.
  • Vote Here

Congratulations to all of the winners! The TICA GL Region looks forward to celebrating with you!

TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Update:

Join the TICA Mid Atlantic Region in thanking Courtney Bell for her selfless efforts to help others during the coronavirus pandemic and for being a true TICA Hero!

TICA Northeast Regional Update:

Membership Report - Despite these unprecedented times, the Northeast region continues to grow! As of April 2020, we are proudly home to 966 members. Can we reach for the stars and get to 1,000 members? A heartfelt thank you to all the current NE members for your continued support.

TICA Northeast Virtual Show - In May 2020, the TICA NE Region hosted its first international virtual show. With over 500 entries from all over the world, the event proved to be a massive success raising more than $4,000 for the NE Regional Fund. A special shout out to Christian Cherau and Amanda Jimmink, who worked tirelessly to deliver an impeccably organized event that was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to all who participated and/or donated.

We Salute Our Frontline Workers - The NE Region would like to recognize all of its frontline workers and healthcare professionals during this challenging time. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to keeping us safe and well!

Regional Winners & Award Sponsorships - We are in the process of updating our regional website (www.ticane.com), which will showcase our regional winners and host award sponsorships. Stay tuned for more details!

The following regional shows are currently still scheduled to take place in 2020. Please refer to our FB page and/or our regional email list for updates:

  • Nauticats, Oct 3-4 in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Nauticats, Oct 17-18 in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Nauticats, Nov 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec
  • Clawsome Cats, November 14-15 in Seekonk, MA

NE Regional Spotlight: Our 2019/2020 Regional Winners - A champagne toast and a big congratulations to our 2019/2020 Regional Winners! Although our Regional Show and Awards Banquet has been postponed, we are planning a virtual celebration which will feature our region's top felines!  In the meantime, please join us in honoring and congratulating our best in each class:

Best Kitten: IW BW Chemicoons Helium of Concordance

Best Cat: IW BW SGC Anouchka Champagne On Ice

Best Shorthair Cat: IW BW SGC Singville Emerald

Best Longhair Cat: IW, BW, SGC Anouchka Champagne on Ice

Best Alter: IW BW SGC Beauchador Diamonds

Best HHP Kitten: RW Louis Strongarm

Best HHP Adult: RW SGM Orville

TICA South Central Regional Update:

Congratulations Regional Winners - Regional winners lists are out and awards letters are being sent.  Please follow all the directions and send your pictures for the powerpoint presentation.

Notice - The TICA EO is sending out regional breed and color certificates via e-mail. Make sure to check your spam folder!

The South Central Regional Show and Awards Presentation hosted by The Feline Paw Foundation has been rescheduled for the weekend of January 15-17, 2021 in Garland, TX.  Be on the lookout for details.

TICA SC Winners Preview - There will be a preview of all the South Central winners on August 15, 2020. We will have a "virtual presentation" of the South Central awards. Details about this special presentation will be posted soon.

Everyone please stay safe and well!

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