Purina And Other Sponsors Join the Cat Writers’ Association 25th Anniversary Conference & Awards Banquet


The Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) is pleased to announce Purina, the first corporate sponsor of the organization twenty-five years ago, is returning as well as several other sponsors old and new for the 25th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet held May 16 -18, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch, St. Louis, MO. Early Bird registration is now open – to get your CWA conference ticket, click here.

Deb Barnes, CWA President“Purina has been a long-standing sponsor of the CWA and I’m looking forward to partnering with them and our other sponsors again for our 25th anniversary event. It’s going to be a terrific educational and celebratory event for all who attend,” says Deb Barnes, CWA President.


The current list of sponsors includes: AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners), Alley Cat Rescue, the Catalyst Council, CatLadyBox, Ceva Animal Health, CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association), Cornell Feline Health Center, Cuddle Clones, Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products, Fear Free Pets, Gentle Harvest, Germinder + Associates, Goodnewsforpets.com, GNFP Digital, Petco Foundation, PetSafe, Pet Tree Houses, Pioneer Pet Products, (PSI) Pet Sitters International, Purina, Sleepypod, TICA (The International Cat Association), Triple T Studios, Tomlyn and WBCL (World’s Best Cat Litter).

“Purina has supported the CWA vision of providing mentorship and educational resources to writers from Amy Shojaithe very beginning, with our first contest event,” says Amy Shojai, a CWA Founder. “I’ve attended every CWA conference, and they just get better each year, thanks in great part to visionary sponsors like Purina partnering with talented member volunteers. I’m excited to celebrate our 25th Anniversary event–it promises to be PAW-some!”

The CWA conference will feature a book-signing event open to the public at the conference hotel. In addition, the conference will feature sessions on publishing, writing, photography, podcasts, branding and more for new to expert writers of all stripes. A catalog of cat-centric attractions from a cat café to cat ears, catty awards to cat products is also planned.

DebraHorwitzDVMDACVBIn an earlier release from the CWA, Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB was announced as the featured keynote speaker at the conference. The topic of her talk will be, “Improving the Well-Being of Cats in the Home, Shelters and Post-Adoption.” According to Dr. Horwitz, many of the cats that are in shelters are afraid and appear unfriendly making them less likely to be adopted. Once in a new home, cats often hide when they are stressed, frightened and anxious about the new unfamiliar place. In many post-adoption situations, stress can lead to other behavioral issues which sometimes can result in the cat being brought back to the shelter.

For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, CWA Sponsorship Chair at Lgerminder@germinder.com or Deb Barnes, CWA President at dbarnes@zeezoey.com for details.


About The Cat Writers’ Association — The Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA) is a global, cat-centric professional organization dedicated to excellence in written, visual and audio media. The CWA was founded in 1992 to promote the interests of cats; to provide a medium for exchange of ideas, methods and professional courtesies; and to promote a high standard of ethics in the collection, creation, and dissemination of cat information. See catwriters.com for further information. Follow CWA on Twitter at @CatWriters, on Instagram at @catwriters_com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CatWriters.

Media Contacts:

Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA

Germinder + Associates


212-367-2170 or 917-334-8682

Deb Barnes

Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.





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