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American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers' Association Launch Website Devoted to World's Largest Showcase of Dog & Cat Breeds

Calling all dog and cat lovers, the world’s largest registries of purebred dogs and cats – the American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Cat Fanciers' Association® (CFA) – have launched www.meetthebreeds.com, a new website dedicated to the first stand-alone event of the same name which will showcase over 200 dog and cat breeds. Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The site includes event information, a special advance ticket offer and a list of vendors who will be selling unique dog and cat products. Enhancements soon to be added include interactive features such as downloadable breed banners that will allow dog and cat lovers to declare allegiance to their favorite breed on their social networking pages, a blog hosted by AOL’s Paw Nation, a "name that breed" game provided by ZooToo.com and profiles of every dog and cat breed.

Tickets purchased at www.meetthebreeds.com are $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Each ticket allows admittance for one day. Preview the event on YouTube.

"This is truly an exciting event," says CFA President Pam DelaBar. "For the first time, pedigreed cat and dog lovers will be available to answer your questions on the various breeds, their unique characteristics and how one may just be the perfect pet for your home. Or if you just want information on cats and dogs in general, you will find your answers here."

"If you’re crazy for cats or passionate about pooches this is an event you cannot miss," says AKC spokesperson Gina DiNardo. "It’s an opportunity to get up close with dogs and cats, be entertained by amazing demonstrations, learn from experts and shop for some unique items. It’s a really fun and affordable way to spend time with friends and family too."

From the Afghan Hound to the Turkish Angora, the Meet the Breeds event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and how to choose the right pet for them.

The event will include a number of demonstrations including Agility – where families can watch dogs and cats race against the clock over an obstacle course that includes ramps, jumps, weave poles and tunnels; law enforcement K-9s; pet first aid; an introduction to cat shows; AKC Canine Good Citizen®; dog and cat grooming and more.



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