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AKC and Cat Fanciers' Association Debut 'Meet The Breeds' At New York City's Javits Center

(Friday, March 20, 2009)

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World's Largest Showcase of Cat & Dog Breeds to be Held in October in New York City; Unique Event Presented by PetPartners, Inc.



New York, NY — The American Kennel Club® (AKC®), in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers' Association® (CFA®), is pleased to announce that "Meet the Breeds™" will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th, 2009 at New York City's Javits Convention Center. Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds is a showcase of over 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds and will be the first stand-alone event of its kind in the world.

AKC Meet the Breeds has been held at every AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show since its inception in 2001, drawing thousands of spectators to the colorful and creatively decorated booths showcasing each AKC registered breed. The booths, created by each breed's national club, are individually decorated to depict the breed's country of origin, historical purpose or function, and attributes as a family pet. Responsible breeders and their dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will interact with the public to educate them on various breeds and responsible pet ownership.

"Because of the overwhelming popularity of this feature at our past shows and the tremendous participation of our Parent Clubs, we have decided to create a stand-alone event geared 100% toward pet lovers. Bringing the internationally respected CFA in adds a new dimension and will allow event goers to experience every breed of dog and cat in the U.S. together under one roof," said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. "It's an ideal opportunity for any animal lover to enjoy the diversity and beauty in the canine and feline worlds and learn about breeds directly from the experts. We will offer attractions such as educational demonstrations, vendors and activities for kids and we expect it to become an annual family event."

"We are so pleased to be joining the AKC for this event," said Pam DelaBar, President of the CFA. "As many pet owners know, cats and dogs are part of the family. This showcase will allow people to explore more about pedigreed cats and consider what breed will fit in to their lives."

"As one of the leading providers of pet healthcare insurance, PetPartners is delighted to be the top sponsor of this exceptional event that will help families learn more about responsible pet ownership and how to ensure their pets live long and healthy lives," said Steve Popovich, CEO of PetPartners.

Demonstrations will include various activities such as dog and cat grooming, Agility (dogs and cats), AKC Canine Good Citizen® Testing, K-9 Search and Rescue and First Aid for dogs and cats.

Christina Duffney
American Kennel
(212) 696-8344

Allene Tartaglia
Cat Fanciers' Association
(732) 528-9797 ex 26

For more information, please go to www.meetthebreeds.com.