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Tickets to World’s Largest Gathering of Dogs and Cats On Sale Now at www.MeetTheBreeds.com

11617122 nov 19 20 2011 javits center new york city nyNov 19 & 20, 2011 Javits Center, New York City, NYAug. 8, 2011 - PRLog -- New York, NY – From cats in costume to a recreated scene from the Wizard of Oz, New York City will go to the dogs,,, and cats this November when the American Kennel Club® (AKC) returns to the Javits Center on November 19th and 20th to host the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event – the largest showcase of dogs and cats in the world. Special advance ticket offers are available online now at http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/.

Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare insurance provider, AKC Meet the Breeds will offer pet lovers the unique opportunity to see, touch and play with thousands of dogs and cats, including many breeds most people have only read about. This family-fun event is an opportunity for pet lovers to interact with responsible breeders while educating themselves about choosing and caring for the right pet for their lifestyle.

This year the AKC will join forces with The International Cat Association (TICA), the world’s largest genetic registry of purebred cats, to showcase even more cat breeds. The event has also been expanded to 160,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities, including ongoing demonstrations featuring a Kitty CATure fashion show, Frisbee Disc Dogs, law enforcement K-9s, dog and cat agility, grooming and training advice, and more than 100 vendor booths selling every imaginable dog and cat item just in time for the holidays.

“From dreadlock-covered Komondor dogs to hairless Xolo puppies, AKC Meet the Breeds is a great opportunity for everyone to literally ‘meet’ and learn more about the vast range of pets that share our lives,” said AKC Meet the Breeds Spokesperson and AKC Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo.

"Cat lovers will have their first chance to see the world’s favorite breed of cat, the Bengal, and then get the chance to see kittens and cats of all different breeds compete for the fastest times in the cat agility ring,” said TICA President Vickie Fisher.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/. Each ticket will offer access to:

• More than 210 dog and cat breed booths individually decorated that allow doggie devotees and feline fans to interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learn about their history and unique attributes directly from the experts.
• Top experts in every pet-related field including breeding, training, grooming, nutrition and first aid. Get to know some of the cat and dog specialists who will be available to answer your questions and help you identify the best breed for you.
• More than 100 vendors selling unique dog and cat items so you can spoil your favorite Fido or Fluffy. Every imaginable canine and feline product will be available just in time for your holiday shopping.
• Demonstration rings allow attendees to watch dogs race against the clock in the fast-paced sport of Agility, see dogs show off their Rally, Flyball, and Frisbee skills, observe simulated hunting tests and view law enforcement K9s in action.
• Games and giveaways at vendor booths including free samples and activities for kids.

View coverage of last year’s AKC Meet the Breeds at http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/photos.html.

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About AKC Meet the Breeds – From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van, AKC Meet the Breeds® showcases 160 American Kennel Club® (AKC) registered dog breeds and this year will feature 50 cat breeds registered by The International Cat Association (TICA) in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet. This family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle. AKC Meet the Breeds is proudly presented by PetPartners, Inc., a leading pet healthcare provider, and will feature more than 160,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities including ongoing demonstration rings – featuring law enforcement K-9’s, dog agility, grooming– and more than 100 vendor booths that offer every imaginable product for pets and their owners. Event sponsors include The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., P&G Pet Care, Eukanuba, Pet Brands, Inc., Motel 6 and Hill’s Science Diet Small & Toy Breed dog food, Paramount Chemical Specialties, Inc., and Canine Companies. For more information visit http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit http://www.akc.org.

The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA) was organized during 1979, is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org.

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