2018 Clear the Shelters: Jane Lynch set to host NBC special

July 16, 2018

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch with Toast at ASPCA ‘Noseblind’ Event at 24th Street Loft in New York City on February 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The following is a press release from NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations:

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, today announced its fourth annual pet adoption campaign Clear the Shelters™ returns next month with NBC’s Jane Lynch joining the pet adoption campaign as spokesperson and host of a special “Clear the Shelters” show that will air next month. Launching in August and culminating with Clear the Shelters™ day on Saturday, August 18, the fourth annual Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign will include the participation of NBC and Telemundo stations in more than 70 markets plus more than 600 animal shelters and rescues. On Saturday, August 18, shelters and rescues will reduce or waive pet adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet.

“Clear the Shelters has become a memorable event that communities look forward to every summer. We’re excited to work with our shelters partners once again to help families find their perfect pet. We also look forward to working with Jane to help raise even more awareness about animals needing homes,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.

An Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award winner, host of NBC’s hit show “Hollywood Game Night,” successful actor and advocate of pet adoption issues, Lynch has four rescue dogs of her own including her two 11-year old dogs “Millie” a Pit-Shepherd mix and “Bernice” a Cocker Spaniel, as well as one-year old Cocker Spaniel “Rumi” and “Arbuckle” a seven-year old Australian Cattle dog that is an internet and social media sensation with more than 71,000 followers on Instagram @allaboutarbuckle.

“I am so looking forward to clearing the shelters with NBC and Telemundo stations! Every pet deserves a loving human and nothing loves a human more than rescue pets!,” added Lynch.

This August, Lynch work with the NBC and Telemundo stations to help raise awareness about the fourth annual Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign and the importance of pet adoption. Lynch will also host a special show that will recap this year’s pet campaign. The special show will air on NBC stations on August 25 (check local listings).

Launched nationally in 2015, NBC and Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters™ campaign has resulted in the adoption of more than 150,000 pets. Last year, the Clear the Shelters™ campaign resulted in pets of all types finding new homes. In San Diego, rabbits “Midnight” and “Cocoa” were adopted by two girls while in Massachusetts, goats, pigs and even horses were adopted. In addition, numerous celebrities and news personalities participated in the third annual Clear the Shelters™ social media campaign including Ellen DeGeneresChelsea HandlerMario Lopez, NBC’s Kristin Bell, E!’s Christine EvangelistaVeronika ObengOlivia PiersonNatalie HalcroTyler HenryJustin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner, Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo host Maria Celeste, Telemundo stars Carmen Villalobos and Ximena Duque, model Kate Upton, Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis, and actress Gabourey Sidibe, among many others.

For more information and news about the NBC and Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters™ ® pet adoption campaign including participating shelters/rescues, visit CleartheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #CleartheShelters. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparlosAlbergues.com and follow #DesocuparlosAlbergues. Since 2015, more than 150,000 pets have been adopted through Clear the Shelters™, an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. Clear the Shelters™ is sponsored nationally by Cat’s Pride® and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 38 NBC and Telemundo local television stations serving 26 markets, a regional news network and their associated websites and digital platforms, as well as a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and two national multicast networks, COZI TV and TeleXitos. The local stations, which can be viewed in 37 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico, produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.

2018 Meow MeetUp: cat fan event is the first of its kind in the Midwest

July 10, 2018

Lil Bub (Photo courtesy of IAmLilBub)

The following is a press release from Meow MeetUp:

Cat lovers are rejoicing as the first-ever Meow MeetUp hits Chicagoland on July 21-22! This two-day event is hosted by the popular blog, The Catnip Times, and is the largest cat-centric event to ever take place in the Midwest. Want to spend a day or two to celebrate cats and take part in ameowzingly fun feline activities that purromise to both entertain and enlighten? Then Meow MeetUp is for you.


Why an event for cat lovers?

“Until now, the Internet has been the only way for people to share their interest of cats with a large community of cat lovers. On July 21 and 22, that will change. Not only will this be an opportunity to be surrounded by folks that are crazy about our feline friends, but the two days will be filled with dozens of educational and fun activities,” said Lauren Mieli, The Catnip Times’ & Meow MeetUp Founder.

Chicago’s own Steve Dale of Steve Dale’s Pet World will give the Saturday keynote titled “How Cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets.” On Sunday, Becky Robinson, President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies, will present “How to #LoveCatsMore.”  In addition, renowned veterinarians will be speaking on topics of interest to all cat owners, such as: the growing problem of cat obesity, how to deal with the loss of a pet, and debunking “kitty revenge” behavior.

Meow MeetUp also has fun activities and events to keep everyone entertained. Here are just a few:

  • The Cat Adoption Lounge, sponsored by PetComfort by WeatherTech. Scores of cats from Almost Home Foundation will be showcased and available for adoption to a loving, forever home.
  • The Kitty Yoga Studio, sponsored by Royal Canin, offers attendees the opportunity to relax and stretch with adoptable cats in a zen-like atmosphere.
  • The Cat Café, presented by Nulo Pet Food, features a jungle-themed cat café where participants will unwind with a “catpuccino,” enjoy other cat-themed refreshments, and play with or just observe some of the adoptable cats that will be present.
  • Lil BUB, (@iamlilbub), one of the Internet’s most popular cats with over 7 million followers will be available for Meet & Greets with 100% of the proceeds benefiting less fortunate pets. Also on hand for Meet & Greets will be local Instagram cat celebrities: Chuck the Duck, Eddie Meownster and Sinbad the Survivor.
  • A Feline Film Festival, Pampurr Pawlor Beauty Bar, Meow Mixer After Party, Breakfast & Kitty Bingo, Clicker Training, an Exhibit Hall and so much more…

Meow MeetUp is happening on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from 9am – 5pm both days. General admission is $30 for adults, and $0-$15 for kids 12 and under. Be sure to avoid the fe-line and get your tickets online at www.meowmeetup.com then follow the feline fun using the event hashtag #meowmeetup

About The Catnip Times:
Since 2012, the iconic cat blog, “The Catnip Times” has helped cat owners strengthen their bond with their cats through educational and entertaining content. With nearly one million followers in over 130 countries, The Catnip Times is a leading voice in the global cat community.

Nationwide reveals the wackiest pet names of 2018

May 3, 2018

Nationwide 2018 Wacky Pet Names winners Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo and Pablo Purrcasso. (Photos courtesy of Nationwide)

The following is a press release from Nationwide:

Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:



1.   Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo

1.   Pablo Purrcasso

2.   Franklin Woofsevelt

2.   Sir Pounce A Lot

3.   Ruffy the Vampire Slayer

3.   Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer

4.   Vladimir Poochin

4.   Edward Scissorpaws

5.   Sir Lix A Lot

5.   Sir Reginald Fluffybutt

6.   Chauncey Von Poops a Lot

6.   Princess Consuela Bananahammock

7.   Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface

7.   Bobcat the Builder

8.   Lord Stanley the Pup

8.   Colonel Puff Puff

9.   Little Bunny Foo Foo

9.   Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight

10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop

10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in Californiaand DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, travel, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

United Airlines announces new PetSafe policies, lists animals no longer allowed for cargo travel

May 3, 2018

by Carla Hay

After facing numerous complaints about how animals are handled during travel, United Airlines has announced changes to its United United PetSafe policies, which cover travel for animals in United airplane cargo areas. Among the new rules are United will no longer animals other than dogs and cats in the cargo areas. The airline is also banning several dog and cat breeds to travel in the cargo areas. Most of these breeds have flat noses and experience breathing difficulties in confined spaces. United is also no longer allowing dogs and cats in the cargo areas for travel to certain cities that are known for extreme heat during certain times of the year.

According to United, exceptions to these new PetSafe policies can be made for members of the military and their spouses, and State Department Foreign Service personnel and their spouses, who wish to travel with or ship their pets out of Guam.

The following rules apply to animals being transported in United’s cargo areas. (Separate rules apply for dogs and cats traveling with passengers in the cabin area.)

Domestic shorthair cat

Effective June 18, 2018:

  • Only dogs and cats will be allowed in the cargo areas. All other animals will not be allowed in the cargo areas.
  • United’s cargo area will no longer allow cats and dogs traveling to and from Australia and India.
  • Beginning June 16, 2018, reservations can be taken for dogs and cats traveling without their owners for flights on or after July 30, 2018.
  • Beginning June 18, 2018, reservations can be taken for dogs and cats traveling on the same flights as their owners for flights on or after July 9, 2018.
  • Crates taller than 30″, including the 700 series crates, will no longer be accepted.
  • Crates will no longer be sold or provided at United airport facilities. All cats and dogs traveling with a PetSafe reservation must have a compliant crate, which may be purchased via united.com/petmate in advance for acclimation and travel.

Between May 1 and September 30, dogs and cats will not be allowed in the cargo areas, due to high temperature restrictions, for travel to and from the following cities:

  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Palm Springs (PSP)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Tucson (TUS)

In some cases, dogs and cats will not be allowed in the cargo area for temperature reasons under other circumstances, cities or dates outside of May 1 to September 30. The decision will be made at the discretion of United employees.

The following dog and cat breeds are no longer allowed in United’s cargo areas:

French bulldog

Dog Breeds*

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
    • American Bulldog
    • English Bulldog
    • French Bulldog
    • Old English Bulldogges
    • Shorty Bulldogs
    • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
    • American Mastiff
    • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    • Bullmastiff
    • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    • English Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    • Pyrenean Mastiff
    • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
    • Dutch Pug
    • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds*

  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

* Including mixed breeds


Wag! and Lindsey Vonn’s dogs are searching for Top Dog Mom of the Year

April 27, 2018

Lindsey Vonn with her dogs Leo, Lucy, and Bear. (Photo courtesy of Wag!)

The following is a press release from Wag!:

Wag!, the country’s largest on-demand mobile dog walking and dog care app, is doing a national search for the Top Dog Mom of the Year, to be announced this Mother’s Day. The contest judges are three lucky pups who call Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn their mom. Bear and Leo Vonn were rescued by the alpine ski racer.

Whether a dog mom has rescued dozens of pups or takes astonishing care of just one special dog, Wag! and the Vonn Dogs want to hear about an amazing pet parent who deserves to be called Top Dog Mom. The winner will receive a Mom’s Day Off Prize Package, comprised of a $1,000 grant provided by Wag! to an animal-welfare organization of the winner’s choice, 15 free Wag! walks, a bundle of dog toys and supplies valued at $100, and a $500 Spafinder gift card.

“I love being a mom to Lucy, Bear and Leo,” said Vonn. “I know there are tons of incredible dog mothers out there, and I can’t wait to see the nominations and see who my dogs pick as the winner!”

Bear Vonn, a chow retriever rescue dog, added: “I can’t wait to see the pics and videos of the Best Dog Mom nominees, although it’ll be hard to beat ours.” Leo Vonn, a mutt, barked his agreement.

“This Mother’s Day, we want to recognize great dog moms for their hard work,” said Wag! CEO Hilary Schneider. “As the mom of three humans and two dogs, I know exactly how appreciated a moment of peace can be.”

The contest launches April 27 and closes May 10. The finalists and the winner will be announced on May 13, Mother’s Day. Any dog mom is eligible to be nominated. To nominate a potential Dog Mom of the Year, click here.

About Wag!
Founded in January 2015, Wag! is an on-demand mobile app that gives pet parents more flexibility to manage everyday life and care for their dogs by giving instant access to experienced and trustworthy dog walkers, sitters, and boarders in their local community. Wag! walks are insured and bonded and every walker has passed a thorough vetting process before being invited to walk dogs on the platform. Wag! is a proud sponsor of the Rescue Bank and donates proceeds from every Wag! walk to provide meals to shelter dogs nationwide. Wag! also partners directly with local shelters in Los AngelesSan Francisco and New York City.


2018 Cat Camp: Jackson Galaxy signs on as partner, adds name to event’s title

April 26, 2018

by Danielle Smith

(Photo courtesy of Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp)

The second annual Cat Camp, a fan convention/adoption event, takes place May 5 and May 6, 2018, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York City. The event will feature cat adoptions, panel discussions, meet-and-greets and vendors selling cat-related items and services. Guest speakers/panelists are well-known cat enthusiasts involved in cat rescuing, spaying/neutering and adoptions. The Petco Foundation is a  presenting sponsor.

Here are some of the key differences between the event in 2018, compared to 2017:

New Partner: Cat expert Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and “Cat vs. Dog,” will be the keynote speaker and will do a meet-and-greet like he did in 2017. But in 2018, he has become a partner in the event, whose official title is now Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp. Cat Camp was co-founded by Christina Ha, owner of Meow Parlour, New York’s City first cat cafe, which opened in 2014. She is still a partner in Cat Camp.

New Location: The event has moved from the Metropolitan Pavilion to the larger Penn Plaza Pavilion in order to accommodate more people.

New Season: The 2017 Cat Camp took place in March at the tail end of the winter season, when it can still get very cold in New York City. Switching the event to May, a warmer month in spring (and just in time for kitten season), is a smarter choice and better for the event’s overall appeal.

New Pricing: The price of general admission for one adult has gone up from $10 to $25 per day, not including taxes and other additional fees. The price of general admission does not include access to the celebrity presentation panels or celebrity meet-and-greets. The meet-and-greets are separate ticketed events. In 2018, Galaxy, Hannah Shaw (also known as The Kitten Lady) and Lil Bub (with her owner Mike Bridavsky) are doing separate meet-and-greets on both days, so that means an attendee who wants to attend all meet-and-greets for Galaxy, Shaw and Lil Bub will have to pay for each meet-and-greet separately, with no discounts if you buy a ticket for more than one.

In 2018, that means Cat Camp admission for one adult for one day at this event can be as little as $25 (for general admission only) or as high as $300 for access to everything, including all three meet-and-greets. Multiply those numbers by two if you plan to attend on both days. The good news is that kids under the age of 6 still get free admission, but they must be accompanied by an adult with a Cat Camp ticket. There are also discounts for children ages 6 to 12.

While some people may have a problem with Cat Camp’s price of general admission nearly tripling in one year, the big jump in admission price probably has a lot to do with the fact that having the event at a bigger venue means a higher cost to do this event. The event organizers obviously want to make a profit, but they might want to consider getting celebrities who are more famous in order to justify the higher prices. For example, CatCon, the California rival to Cat Camp, has famous actors who are cat owners as part of its lineup. Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Kristen Bauer (“True Blood”) are part of the 2018 CatCon lineup, and CatCon has more celebrity names at about the same admission price as Cat Camp.

New Panelists: Returning guest speakers from the 2017 Cat Camp include “The Kitten Lady” Shaw and CatTown founder Adam Myatt. CatTown (located in Oakland, California) is the first permanent cat cafe in the United States.)

New panelists in 2018 include:

  • Dr. Carly Bloom of the Animal Medical Center
  • Sterling Davis, also known as Trap King, a trap/neuter/spay activist
  • Ingrid King, author of several cat books
  • Big Cat Rescue director of outreach Jennifer Leon
  • Kathleen O’Malley, founder NYC Feral Cat Initiative
  • Andrew Marttila, cat photographer/videographer (He also happens to be Shaw’s boyfriend, photographer and videoographer, so if you follow The Kitten Lady on social media, you’ve seen him and his work.)
  • Chris Poole, owner of celebrity cats Cole and Marmalade

Although this is an event for cat enthusiasts, the only cats allowed at Cat Camp are those that have been pre-approved for adoptions or guest appearances. In other words, people have to leave their pet cats at home (for legal and health reasons, obviously), and this policy will be strictly enforced, say event organizers.

Sanrio partners with O’Neill for Hello Kitty fashion collection for girls

April 11, 2018

O'Neill x Hello Kitty Summer 2018 Collection (Photo courtesy of Sanrio)
O’Neill x Hello Kitty Summer 2018 Collection (Photo courtesy of Sanrio)

The following is a press release from Sanrio:

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved Hello Kitty pop icon, has partnered with iconic surf and lifestyle brand O’Neill to create a playful offering of girls swimwear and related apparel & accessories sizes 2T – 6, beginning with Summer 2018. The Summer collection launches April 11, followed by a Fall capsule that will makes its debut in mid-May.

Inspired by vintage aloha, the O’Neill x Hello Kitty collection includes girls swimwear, cover-ups, graphic t-shirts and tank tops and beach accessories, all embellished with adorable Hello Kitty details. Highlights from the initial collection include a one-shoulder maillot with ruffles and an all-over Hello Kitty print, a woven cover-up with pom-pom trim and embroidered cutout design and a tote bag that morphs into a beach towel. The suggested retail prices for the collection range from $18 to $54.

O’Neill x Hello Kitty will be available at Oneill.comSanrio.com, select Sanrio stores and independent specialty retailers starting on April 11. The Summer collection will also be available on Nordstrom.com and at select Nordstrom stores starting in early May.

To celebrate the launch, O’Neill and Sanrio will be partnering on launch events throughout the Summer including fun-filled family activities, giveaways and a chance to win a limited-edition O’Neill x Hello Kitty surfboard, as well as appearances & photo opps with Hello Kitty herself.

About Sanrio®    

Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, and home to many beloved characters including Chococat®My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi® and Gudetama®.  Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile’® philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration to offer quality products, services and activities that inspire unique consumer experiences across the world. Today, Hello Kitty’s legendary breadth of products is available in over 130 countries and in retail locations including department, specialty, national chain retailers and Sanrio boutique stores. To learn more about Sanrio, please visit www.sanrio.com and follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter – @sanrio@hello kitty.

About O’Neill

O’Neill Women’s is dedicated to and inspired by the adventurous and free-spirited young female.  Driven by O’Neill’s heritage as the original California surf brand since 1952, O’Neill stays true to its roots, while offering a unique fashion perspective that is modern and fresh.  Featuring a range of styles for all seasons both on and off the beach, O’Neill Women’s includes a blend of effortlessly cool prints, dresses, tees, denim, fleece, jackets, accessories, swimwear and wetsuits.

Featured in hundreds of magazines and available in more than 85 countries around the world, O’Neill reflects its personality through innovative collections, signature events, and exceptional athletes.  With talented team riders including surfer Honolua Blomfield and Imogen Caldwell, the brand continues to push the envelope of performance and is committed to providing today’s most advanced and authentic youth lifestyle products.

2018 CatCon: celebrities, panelists, ticket sales announced

April 3, 2018

Cat Con

The following is a press release from CatCon:

CatCon®, the biggest cat-centric, pop culture experience in the world, announced their 2018 talent line-up, schedule, and tickets on sale today. The all-immersive cat-stravaganza will once again take place at the Pasadena Convention Center, Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Pasadena, California.

“CatCon is all about bringing the latest and greatest to our fantastic pet loving audience,” said creator Susan Michals. “For 2018, we wanted to showcase some amazing emerging talent, in addition to some of our returning and established favorites.” The (fe)lineup includes: Cats of Instagram, Cindy Congdon (@foster_kittens), New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper, actress and advocate Kristin Bauer (“True Blood” and “Once Upon a Time”), perma-kitten Lil BUB and her dude, Mike, author Mac DelaneyMerlin Ragdoll, Mick Szydlowski and Klaus (“Oskar and Klaus”), Moshow the Cat Rapper and Ravioli, Pudge the Cat, “Emily the Strange” creator, Rob Reger, Sir Thomas Trueheart‘Trap King’ Sterling Davis, Two Crazy Cat Ladies, and Waverly McTinybeans.  More to be announced.

UPDATE: “Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder is returning to CatCon in 2018 for a meet-and-greet.

Adoption will once again have a significant paw print, with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA facilitating adoptions in the CatCon Adoption Village, in partnership with 9Lives® Cat Food and World’s Best Cat Litter. Over 150 curated exhibitors will also be onsite, selling products in the areas of design, art, fashion, accessories, toys, and more, for cats and their people. Rounding out the weekend’s activities are seminars, workshops, interactive experiences and evening events.

CatCon’s charity of record for 2018 is the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for the second year in a row. The convention will donate $2 of every general admission ticket sale to the Foundation; funds generated from Meet and Greets will also benefit ISF, as well as Lil BUB’s Big Fund, Milo’s Sanctuary, Kitt Crusaders, and Kitten Rescue. Full details can be found on CatCon’s ticketing page.

Sponsors for CatCon 2018 include: ASPCA®, CatGenie®, Halo® pet food, Litter Genie®, Modern Cat Magazine, 9Lives® Cat Food, VIP Pet Care, World’s Best Cat Litter, and The Westin Pasadena. More to be announced.

Ticket information, details on Meet and Greets, and a full schedule of events can be found here.

Saturday, August 4: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, August 5: 10am – 5pm

About CatCon:
CatCon is the biggest experience of its kind, with 43,000 attendees to date. In the past three years, CatCon has donated $140,000 to organizations including the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, FixNation, Lil BUB’s Big Fund, Milo’s Sanctuary and Kitten Rescue, and helped to facilitate 327 adoptions onsite. Parent company Ticket Out Inc. also runs Cat Art Show, an exhibition series that has showcased some of the biggest names in the art world, including Shepard Fairey and Mark Ryden.

American Kennel Club announces top U.S. dog breeds of 2017

March 28, 2018

by Janice Wells

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced the 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. for 2017.  For the 27th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever was No. 1. AKC compiles the list based on its dog registry.

The same dog breeds that were in the Top 10 in 2016 were in the Top 10 in 2017, except the Boxer dropped out of the Top 10 spot and was replaced at No. 10 by the German Shorthaired Pointer, which jumped from the No. 11 spot that it held the previous year. Another breed that made the Top 10 in 2017 with a higher ranking than the previous year is the French bulldog, which jumped from No. 6 to No. 4. Two breeds in the Top 10 had a lower ranking in 2017 compared to the previous year: the Bulldog dropped from No. 4 to No. 5, while the Beagle dropped from No. 5 to No. 6.

Here are AKC’s Top 10 dog breeds in the U.S. for 2017:

1.  Labrador Retriever

(2016 Ranking: No. 1)

2.  German Shepherd

(2016 Ranking: No. 2)

3.  Golden Retriever

(2016 Ranking: No. 3)

4.  French Bulldog

(2016 Ranking: No. 6)

5.  Bulldog

(2016 Ranking: No. 4)

6.  Beagle

(2015 Ranking: No. 5)

7.  Poodle

(2016 Ranking: No. 7)

8.  Rottweiler

(2016 Ranking: No. 8)

9.  Yorkshire Terrier

(2016 Ranking: No. 9)

10.  German Shorthaired Pointer

(2016 Ranking: No. 11)


Cat Fanciers’ Association announces top U.S. cat breeds of 2017

March 26, 2018

by Janice Wells

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) has announced the 10 most popular cat breeds in the U.S. for 2017.  For the fourth year in a row, the exotic was No. 1. CFA compiles the list based on its cat registry.

The same cat breeds that were in the Top 10 in 2016 were in the Top 10 in 2016. The rankings remained the same, except the Devon Rex rose from No. 10 to No. 9, and the Abyssinian dropped from No. 9 to No. 10.

Here are CFA’s Top 10 cat breeds in the U.S. for 2017:

1.  Exotic

(2016 Ranking: No. 1)


2.  Ragdoll

(2016 Ranking: No. 2)


3.  British shorthair

(2016 Ranking: No. 3)


4.  Persian

(2016 Ranking: No. 4)


5.  Maine Coon

(2016 Ranking: No. 5)


6.  American shorthair

(2016 Ranking: No. 6)


7.  Scottish fold

(2016 Ranking: No. 7)


8.  Sphynx

(2016 Ranking: No. 8)

9.  Devon Rex

(2016 Ranking: No. 10)


10.  Abyssinian

(2016 Ranking: No. 9)