FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 8, 2010
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Encourages New Yorkers to Attend "Meet the Breeds"
Something good for NYC's homeless cats and dogs might result from dispute with American Kennel Club
New York, NY – Friday, October 8, 2010 – Despite its disappointment with the American Kennel Club's (AKC) decision to forbid adoptable dogs and puppies from local animal rescue groups and shelters from being on the premises at this month's "Meet the Breeds" event at the Javit's Center, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals says it does not want to discourage New York animal lovers from attending the event and gaining the benefits of its educational components, particularly with regard to responsible pet ownership. "Meet the Breeds" will be presented by the AKC and Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) on October 16–17.
"We have a long-standing relationship with the CFA and a history of partnering with them to present adoptable cats and kittens in tandem with their New York City Cat Show at Madison Square Garden," explained Jane Hoffman, Mayor's Alliance President. "We don't want to hurt the CFA by discouraging New Yorkers from attending 'Meet the Breeds.'"
"It appears your voices have been heard," Hoffman continued. "Because of the tremendous feedback resulting from our statement earlier this week, we now feel we have an opportunity to create something positive for New York City's homeless dogs and cats. We ask that the public please stop contacting the AKC, CFA, and event sponsors and vendors for now, and also ask that there be no event picketing or product boycotts. At this stage, that will not help the animals."
In the meantime, the Mayor's Alliance encourages New Yorkers to mark their calendars for December 18–19, when the Mayor's Alliance and Best Friends Animal Society, joined by the CFA, will present an exciting Holiday Pet Adoption Event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan's Chelsea district. Watch for details at www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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