New York Legislators Show Support For Responsible Pet Ownership At AKC Meet The Breeds®

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 80 New York lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by signing on as Honorary Chairpersons for the AKC Meet the Breeds® educational event.  AKC Meet the Breeds offers attendees the chance to meet and play with more than 200 different dog and cat breeds, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for their lifestyle.

"We thank New York legislators for demonstrating their commitment to responsible pet ownership by becoming an honorary chairperson for AKC Meet the Breeds," said Sheila Goffe, AKC Director of Government Relations. "Their support is vital to helping us spread the word about the importance of responsible dog ownership and recognize the important public service contributions of dogs in law enforcement, the military and more."

The popular two-day event draws more than 40,000 pet-loving attendees to New York City from across the tri-state area, including the many honorary chairpersons that will be on-hand to sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise. AKC will also spotlight Honorary Chairpersons and their dogs on Facebook and Pinterest.

New York Honorary Chairpersons

U.S. Senator

Charles E.

Schumer

Congressman

Joseph

Crowley

Congressman

Michael

Grimm

Representative

Richard

Hanna

Congresswoman

Carolyn B.

Maloney

Congresswoman

Grace

Meng

Congressman

Charles B.

Rangel

Senator

Greg

Ball

Senator

Phil

Boyle

Senator

David

Carlucci

Senator

Kemp

Hannon

Senator

Brad

Hoylman

Senator

Liz

Krueger

Senator

Andrew J.

Lanza

Senator

George

Latimer

Senator

Kenneth P.

LaValle

Senator

Carl L.

Marcellino

Senator

Jack M.

Martins

Senator

George D.

Maziarz

Senator

Jose

Peralta

Senator

Joseph E.

Robach

Senator

Dean G.

Skelos

Senator

Toby Ann

Stavisky

Senator

Cecilia

Tkaczyk

Senator

Cathy

Young

Assemblymember

Joseph

Borelli

Assemblyman

Edward C.

Braunstein

Assemblyman

David

Buchwald

Assemblymember

Karim

Camara

Assemblyman

Marcos A.

Crespo

Assemblyman

Andrew R.

Garbarino

Assemblyman

Alan N.

Graf

Assemblyman

Edward

Hennessey

Assemblyman

Tony

Jordan

Assemblyman

Michael P.

Kearns

Assemblyman

Joseph R.

Lentol

Assemblyman

Bill

Magee

Assemblyman

Alan N.

Maisel

Assemblywoman

Nicole

Malliotakis

Assemblymember

John T.

McDonald III

Assemblyman

David G.

McDonough

Assemblyman

Tom

McKevitt

Assemblywoman

Joan L.

Millman

Assemblyman

Michael A.

Montesano

Assemblyman

Walter T.

Mosley

Assemblyman

Félix

Ortiz

Assemblyman

Steve

Otis

Assemblyman

Andrew P.

Raia

Assemblyman

William

Scarborough

Assemblywoman

Michelle

Schimel

Assemblyman

Troy

Singleton

Assemblywoman

Michaelle C.

Solages

Assemblywoman

Claudia

Tenney

Assemblyman

Matthew

Titone

Assemblyman

Harvey

Weisenberg

Assemblyman

David I.

Weprin

Assemblyman

Kenneth P.

Zebrowski

Borough President

Helen M.

Marshall

Borough President

James P.

Molinaro

Council Member

Gale A.

Brewer

Council Member

Leroy G.

Comrie, Jr.

Council Member

Daniel R.

Garodnick

Council Member

Daniel J.

Halloran

Councilmember

Vincent M.

Ignizio

Councilmember

Letitia

James

Councilmember

G. Oliver

Koppell

Councilmember

Karen

Koslowitz

Councilwoman

Melissa

Mark-Viverito

Councilwoman

Annabel

Palma

Councilmember

Donovan

Richards, Jr.

Council Member

Ydanis

Rodriguez

Legislator

Kevan

Abrahams

Legislator

David W.

Denenberg

Presiding Officer

Norma L.

Gonsalves

Legislator

Judy

Jacobs

Legislator

Joseph

Scannell

Legislator

Rose Marie

Walker

Legislator

Wayne

Wink

Legislator

Sarah

Anker

Legislator

Kate

Browning

Legislator

Rob

Calarco

Legislator

Tom

Climi

Legislator

Lou

D'Amaro

AKC Meet the Breeds takes place on September 28th and 29th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Guests can buy tickets at www.MeetTheBreeds.com and take advantage of special advanced tickets prices ($15 adults/$10 kids) while supplies last.

About AKC Meet the Breeds – From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van, AKC Meet the Breeds® showcases 160 American Kennel Club® (AKC) registered dog breeds and this year will feature 50 cat breeds registered by The International Cat Association (TICA) in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet.  This family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle. AKC Meet the Breeds is proudly presented by PetPartners, Inc., a leading pet healthcare provider, and will feature more than 160,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities including ongoing demonstration rings – featuring law enforcement K-9's, dog agility, grooming– and more than 100 vendor booths that offer every imaginable product for pets and their owners.  Event sponsors include The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., Pet Brands, Inc., Motel 6, BH Pet Gear LLC, Petco, Pets Add Life (PAL) campaign, sponsored by the American Pet Products Association, American Kennel Club Gold, ShowSight, Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University, amNewYork, Manhattan Parking.. For more information visit www.MeetTheBreeds.com.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA) was organized during 1979, is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. Wherever you are, you're in TICA's world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org.

Twitter: @akcdoglovers @ticacats

SOURCE American Kennel Club



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