Cat Lovers Units: Less Than Two Weeks Left to Make Your “”Meow”” Heard in Debate of the Century

New York, NY ” Calling all cat lovers! The Cat Fanciers’ Association® (CFA) is calling on you to cast your vote to pronounce cats America’s most favored pet in the pet preference poll. Preliminary results indicate that dogs are leading the pack with 74%, while cats have 26% of the vote.

Inspired by the upcoming Meet the BreedsTM event, the world’s largest showcase of cats and dogs, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the CFA have joined forces to put an end to the age old debate: “Are you a dog or cat person?” You can weigh in and cast your vote now at

Pam DelaBar, President & CEO of the Cat Fanciers’ Association is calling on the nearly 88.3 million cat owners in the United States to wake up from their cat nap and make their purr heard. “Cat owners outnumber dogs by nearly 13 million among the pet-owning public,” said DelaBar. “What better way to share your love for your feline by casting your vote and giving cats the respect they deserve.”

Both dog and cat lovers have begun to weigh in on their choices. In fact, one cat voter said, “I know I can climb in bed and cuddle with my wonderful cat, who I appreciate for his soft purr that wears away my stress.” Another cat voter said “Our cats have personality, love to play and our Birmans remain playful throughout their life. They are indoor cats and don’t have to be walked and don’t bark!” While a dog-loving voter, on the other hand, argued that “Dogs never judge, are always happy to see you, give unconditional love, help the blind to walk and aid others with disabilities live productive lives.”

Cast your vote online at before October 6, 2009 and let us know what you think makes a dog or cat the preferred pet and download free virtual Dogs are #1″ and “Cats are #1” stickers for your Web site, blog or social media pages. Check back on the site after October 14 for the announcement of the winning pet.

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. From the Afghan Hound to the Turkish Angora, the 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 and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Tickets allow admittance for one day and can be purchased at

Christina Duffney Peter Collins
American Kennel Club Cat Fanciers’ Association
(212) 696-8344 (908) 499-1200

About Meet the Breeds — With 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds, plus demonstrations, shopping and children’s activities, no pet lover will want to miss Meet the Breeds. Each breed will be presented in its own designated space, decorated to reflect its heritage, characteristics and unique attributes as a pet, while allowing attendees to literally “Meet the Breeds” by petting dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learning about them directly from the experts. The event is proudly presented by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, and will feature over 115,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities. Sponsors include Invisible Fence® Brand, ADT Security Services, JAKKS PetsTM, Iams, WebVet,, Paramount Chemical Specialties Inc.,, Hartz, and Continental Airlines. Get your tickets now at

The American Kennel Club (AKC), proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. 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. 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 or follow us on Twitter @akcdoglovers.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA) was founded in 1906 as a non-profit association of member clubs and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters, at a grassroots level, to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations, and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association, the pedigreed breeds of cats, or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit their web site at


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