TICA Credits Successful Meet the Breeds Event in NYC to Members
For the sixth year, TICA's members were an integral part of the largest showcase of pedigreed dog and cat breeds in the world as they participated in AKC's Meet the Breeds.
The event, held last month during AKC and Westminster Kennel Club's Meet & Compete on Feb. 10, 2018 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City, served as a great opportunity for TICA to educate animal lovers about pedigreed cats and reinforce their value in the lives of people from all backgrounds.
Thirty-five of TICA's breeds were represented as well as Household Pets and Therapy Cat volunteers from Pet Partners. Dr. Katherine Maldonado Lytle, DVM MPH MS of Wisdom Health answered questions about feline genetics while Melain Rodriguez from ViaGen Pet; Marta Castelhano, DVM Director of the Cornell Veterinary Biobank; and Luanne M. Prosperi Stefanucci, from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine answered visitors questions about feline health.
Breeds were showcased in individual booths decorated to depict their country of origin and attributes as a family pet. The public were encouraged to meet, play with and learn about the unique qualities of each breed straight from the TICA member.
Participating breed ambassadors were given a booth that includes two larger than life cat cut-outs of their breed, a breed poster and a $100 booth stipend to help show off their breed and educate the public about the unique qualities of pedigreed cats.
TICA would like to thank the following Breed Booth Ambassadors and members who helped support each booth. Without your help the event would not have been a success.
Abyssinian - Breed Booth Ambassador Brenda Russo
American Curl & American Curl Longhair - Breed Booth Ambassador Wendy Wright Seigers
American Shorthair & American Wirehair - Breed Booth
Ambassador Mauren Kramanak
Australian Mist - Breed Booth Ambassador Kay Hanvey
Bengal & Bengal Longhair - Breed Booth
Ambassadors Anthony Hutcherson,
Cynthia Amaya, Sophia Fernandez, Vicki Jeffers, Laurent Jaccard,
Mary Kimelman and
Cornish Rex - Breed Booth Ambassador Pricilla Alfred
Devon Rex - Breed Booth Ambassador Cheryl Nada
Donskoy - Breed Booth Ambassadors Kathryn Eden, Irene Carnes, Elizabeth Yu and Maritza Valentin
Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan & Persian - Breed Booth Ambassadors David & Francis Harshaw and Craig Sharpe
Japanese Bobtail - Breed Booth Ambassador Pricilla Alfred
Lykoi - Breed Booth Ambassador Cheryl Nada
Maine Coon & Maine Coon Polydactyl - Breed Booth Ambassadors Sharon Stegall and Genoa Shepley
Norwegian Forest - Breed Booth Ambassador Melissa Alexander
Oriental Longhair, Oriental Shorthair & Siamese - Breed Booth Ambassadors Susan Adler and Julie Keyer
Pixiebob & Pixiebob Longhair - Breed Booth Ambassador Jane Handelsman
Ragdoll - Breed Booth Ambassadors Claire Michaels and Cathleen Brennan
Savannah - Breed Booth Ambassador Janet Rohrbaugh
Scottish Straight, Scottish Straight Longhair, Scottish Fold & Scottish Fold Longhair - Breed Booth Ambassadors Paul &
Starla Harrison and Ellen Schneider
Singapura - Breed Booth Ambassadors Margo Hill and Gigi
Somali - Breed Booth Ambassador Janiss Garza
Sphynx - Breed Booth Ambassador Emily Green
Thai - Breed Booth Ambassador Emily Winfield
Toyger - Breed Booth Ambassadors Janet & Robert
Household Pet - Breed Booth Ambassador Pam Mitchell
TICA would also like to thank the following Therapy Cat volunteers from Pet Partners:
Jackelyn Frost and her Ragdoll Gunther;
Kristen Fiani and her Ragdoll Manhattan;
Ellen Stock and her Siberian Colby Midnight; and
Jennifer Novick and her Siberian Blue.
TICA thanks all who participated and helped make this year's event so successful.