In The News
2016 Southern Maryland News
TICA Brings the Capital Cat Classic to Waldorf
2016 Reading Eagle
Cat Show Searches for the Purr-Fect Feline
2017 Maryland Independent
Purr-Fect Showing at Capital Cat Club Show

The MA Regional Spring Newsletter is here! Click here to read it!

The Mid Atlantic Region Gives Back

In April 2017 Anthony Hutcherson announced a new initiative in the region, to heop cats in need and raise awareness of TICA and the region in the community. For each show season, an animal-related charity will be designated the "Regional Charity" for that year. The region will make a donation, and clubs will be asked to give a portion of their entry revenue to the charity of choice. For the 2017-2018 show season, Anthony has chosen Jersey State Animal Rescue.

Based in Atco, NJ, Jersey State has been operating for close to 40 years, solely with volunteers and through generous donations. They have rescued, rehabilitated and adopted out thousands of cats. As a cat club formed to raise money for the rescue, Jersey State put on some of the largest and most successful cat shows in the region.

To learn more about Jersey State, to see a calendar of upcoming benefits, or to read about other ways you can help, visit their web site.

Celebrity Cat Meet & Greet in Lancaster

by Gwyneth Hayes
Photos by Samantha McConnell

On Friday July 5th several members of Christmas City Cat Club and I believe Karousel Kats, came together for a celebrity cat meet and greet at the First Friday Lancaster event. Christina Baumer had somehow gotten this together!

We had several different breeds of cats available free to the public to get their hands on. Some of the breeds included : Maine Coon, Scottish Fold, Sphynx, American Bobtail, and Oriental Shorthair. The event was set for 6-8 pm at the Ware Center on Prince Street. To say we were inundated is an understatement! We set a record!!! Over 2,500 people that came through the doors.

Many people were excited to meet the different breeds because of an article that hit the newspaper two days prior to the event. And many were drawn by the last two cats that were mentioned in the article. Therapy Cats.

I personally brought my two certified therapy cats Bear and Achilles to the event. Bear is an American Bobtail that has shown in TICA since he was rescued in 2008, and Achilles is my handi-capable Abyssinian. They are both are certified through the American Red Cross as Animal Assisted Therapy pets. They thrived on the crowds, not batting an eye or a paw. (Even when we were 10 deep in people surrounding our table and people were just trying to catch a glimpse.)

Achilles was incredible, he saw a man in a wheelchair that was a bilateral amputee and made a beeline for him. Why? Well Achilles, as his name suggests, is incredible, he himself is a double amputee. He is drawn to people that are injured. The gentleman was taken aback and did not think that cats could be that self aware. It was truly touching. 

This was a great event for people to come and see that we are not all crazy cat ladies (and men!!). Who knows maybe this will increase gate at a show!?