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– Cats Make Their Return to 2017 “Meet the Breeds” Event –

The Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club (AKC®) present Meet & Compete, featuring the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds®, brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®.  The joint event returns to New York City on Saturday, February 11th at Piers 92 and 94.  Cats make their triumphant return to AKC Meet the Breeds® with The International Cat Association® (TICA®), giving animal lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of adorable dogs and cats while learning about responsible pet ownership.  Attendees also get the chance to see the nation’s top canine competitors race against the clock at the 4thAnnual Masters Agility Championship.

“Not only are we glad to again work with the Westminster Kennel Club to bring Meet & Compete to the public, but we’re excited to have TICA back at AKC Meet the Breeds®,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “We’re looking forward to bringing attendees a fabulous lineup of dog and cat breeds to meet while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for them.”

“Meet & Compete was such a success, and we’re pleased to once again join the American Kennel Club to bring the event back to the public,” said Sean W. McCarthy, President of the Westminster Kennel Club.  “The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds® are a great fit together and we’re happy to provide spectators with a pet-filled day of excitement.”

This AKC Meet the Breeds® will be TICA’s fourth time participating in the event, and they will have ongoing exciting cat agility demonstrations for the public.  TICA is the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats and the largest registry of household pet cats and kittens.  The organization currently recognizes 63 cat breeds.

“We at TICA are thrilled to be welcomed back to AKC Meet the Breeds®,” said TICA President Fate Mays.  “This event is a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers to meet various dog and cat breeds up close, and learn about them straight from the experts.”

The 2017 event marks the eighth AKC Meet the Breeds® , the return of TICA and the third year that the event is part of the exciting Westminster Week roster.  One daytime ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.  Attendees will be able to interact with nearly 200 breeds of dogs and cats in elaborately decorated booths that depict fun elements from the breed’s history and talk to experts about each breed, as well as see the exciting Agility competition taking place in Pier 94.

The agility competition takes place all day (Preliminary rounds 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Finals

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.) in Pier 94, with the finals being televised on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, February 12 from 8-10 p.m. ET.  AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

In addition to the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club present Meet & Compete on Saturday, February 11th, Westminster Week events include the iconic 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14 and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 13.  All events are presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, which is dedicated to helping dogs of all activity levels excel through performance nutrition and expert resources.

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