CFA Newsletter
May 15 | 2020
CFA News
Memo From Mark

It’s May already. My neighborhood is full of trees and flowers in their Spring grandeur. The daffodils have come and gone, the dogwood blossoms are seeing their final days, tulips are just beginning to show their wonderful colors, soon to be followed by iris and so much more. It is a wonderful time of new life.

In these days of COVID-19, I am thinking of so many of you. I hope you are healthy and taking the advice of our medical professionals so you remain that way. It may be a while, but we will be gathering at shows and seeing our many friends in the cat fancy. In the meantime, stay in touch with your fellow cat fanciers via email, social media, etc. We need to hear from each other.
Earlier this week the CFA board sent out a survey to those active in the cat fancy to get your opinions on a variety of issues facing the board in regard to opening up our shows. We want as many responses as possible but please only take the survey once. The board will meet next Wednesday, May 20th, and we need your input to help guide us in making plans.

Dick Kallmeyer does a great job analyzing data for us. He recently sent me a list of judges and how many assignments each had during the 2019-2020 show season. Here are the judges with the most assignments:
34 – Webb
33 – Morgan
33 – Sweeney
31 – Griswold
29 – Adkison
29 – Anger
28 – S.Powell
27 – Calhoun
27 – Maeda
27 – Newkirk
27 – Pearson
26 - Currle
25 - Bennett
25 – Gradowski
25 - Roy
23 - Harding
23 – G.Powelll
23 – T.Tsuchiya
23 - Wilson
22 - Black
22 - Jaeger
22 - Ueda
Central Office Report
Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director

Familiar with the phrase “Sound like a broken record”? It may seem that CFA sounds like a broken record because of the numerous reminders publicized about upcoming deadlines. However, some of them are particularly important as they impact the election of CFA officers and directors and affect a club’s ability to remain a viable CFA club.
Club membership lists and dues must be received by June 1 or the club will be dropped from CFA membership. Here is an online link you can use to determine if your club is in good standing: are no exceptions to this receipt date. If your club’s name is not on the list, please contact Amber Goodright,
Ballots for the election of Officers/Regional Directors/ID reps must be submitted online or received by regular mail at the Central Office by June 1. There are no exceptions to this date. Check the list here to see if your club’s ballot has been received. `Contact Amber Goodright with questions,

Breed Council/Committee applications are now being accepted. Members who previously qualified for Rapid Renewal membership can renew online here: Applications to complete are available here . The deadline to apply for 2020 Breed Council membership is August 3, 2020.

Pictures, pictures, who’s got the pictures? We don’t and we need them. An awards booklet is being prepared as usual for this year’s 2020 national award winners. A printed booklet will be mailed with trophies and rosettes and an electronic version of the booklet will be available online. Check here to see if your picture has been received:
If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Borawski .

National trophies and rosettes will start being shipped by mid-July. We are in the process of contacting owners to verify addresses and to determine which address to use for co-owned cats.
CFA Breeders' Assistance Program
Breeder Assistance Program
Charlene Campbell
Acting Breed Rescue Chair

We are he re to help you - do not be embarrassed to ask
No judgement. We are here to help you feed your cats in case of loss of income!

If any of our Cat Fanciers find themselves in need affected by this COVID-19 Event, contact any of us at BAP,
Any of the BAP National Coordinators or Board Members above will get your confidential request processed.

Your requests are always confidential. We can help you with food, litter, emergency vet care, and temporary kenneling if you are a health care worker etc. on the front line and not able to go home or find yourself in a quarantine situation that you cannot return home etc. We help over a dozen breeders each year, from every region, for a variety of reasons, with supplemental aid and you never hear a peep about it! The breeders are able to get back on their feet and into the show hall!!

We are here for tornado victims too!!
Download our brochure here.

Our BAP program offers CFA breeders and/or exhibitors temporary help with food, litter, necessities, emergency veterinary care etc. (we can arrange to make sure you can have the food you currently feed delivered etc.)

We usually have the breeder select items they feed etc. from and give your list to your BAP representative, BAP places and pays for your order to be delivered each month to your home. Contact anyone in our program for aid! We are here for our cat fanciers!!

We of course are all working hard getting a large group of 87 cats from animal dontrol seizure vetted thru our trusted rescues etc. in Texas. Plus all our other ongoing work. Whew....

Please be healthy & safe during this difficult time! Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Again, you can contact "anyone in our program" for aid. We are confidential, (we actually outsource most of our breeder help to aid anonymity). If you want to downsize your cattery, you do NOT have to give up all your cats, as in other organization's past programs! Just ask us, we are "breeder friendly" and we have resources for you!! I will also be happy to email you, club or a friend our brochure to share explaining our program.
Fanciers on the COVID-19 Frontlines
Geri Fellerman

We may not be participating in CFA cat shows right now, and many of us are home right now - working or not. However, many of our own fanciers are essential workers AND are in professions which place them right on the front lines. We're taking this time to profile a few of these fanciers - please offer them and ALL fanciers who are working so that others can remain or become healthy your thanks
Sue Swaim
Sue breeds Persians and specializes in Himalayans. She resides in Camarillo, California, and is very active in exhibiting her lovely cats. As a nurse she works as a facility administrator for a dialysis center, not only putting in full-time hours but also often staying for extra hours in order to keep the center operating properly. Her duties include staffing (hiring and terminating) as well as financial concerns, making sure supplies are up to date, and dealing with a myriad of patient issues. RN’s, patient care techs, dietitians and social workers all report to Sue. Patients come in for treatment approximately three times weekly for three to four hours at a time. Besides kidney failure, most are suffering from other conditions such as diabetes, lupus and congestive heart failure – all of which makes them extremely vulnerable to the current COVID-19 virus. Recently the dialysis centers have noticed is an influx of patients with acute kidney injury after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Right now staff and patients are given one surgical mask per day. A good percentage of the patients are nursing home residents and great care must be taken to keep them safe. Every patient is screened before entering the facility and temperatures taken. One of the steps taken to keep these patients safe is to maintain separate units for patients who are positive or suspected positive for the virus. The staff that care for these patients are issued one N95 mask daily. Just recently, a dietitian was recently exposed while at another clinic to the virus and is being carefully monitored.
Besides doing everything to keep her patients safe, Sue is also being very mindful of keeping herself and her family safe. One of the precautions she takes is to wear scrubs to work rather than “regular” street clothing. Upon arriving home from work each day, she changes clothes in the garage before entering the house. This clothing is then washed separately from regular laundry. While Sue tries to be as careful as possible, she has also noticed and is concerned about people who are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing

Besides her wonderful cats, Sue shares her home with her fiancée and adult daughter who currently works in the GI unit of a nearby hospital. She is a nursing student at Mt. St. Mary’s and will soon be following in her mom’s footsteps. Sue also has a son who is a registered nurse in Orlando, Florida. He works in the OR and GI. Recently, due to no elective surgeries her son has been relocated to be a screener for anyone coming into the hospital. Sue has three grandchildren that she has not been able to see since the outbreak. Two in Florida and one in Bakersfield, Ca. Sue’s fiancée is working from home and due to the pandemic his hours have been cut, One thing that the family is also practicing during the pandemic is ordering from favorite restaurants in order to support them during this difficult economic situation.
Linda and Jon Bartley
Sometimes we have an entire family of “cat people” who are designated as “essential” workers during the current pandemic. The Bartley family of Altoona, Pennsylvania, is such a family. Breeders and exhibitors of award-winning American Shorthairs since 1987 and Scottish Folds since 2014, Linda and Jon could be found at almost every show in their home region, Region 4, as well as frequently at shows in Regions 1 and 7 as well. Linda would most often be found clerking while Jon helped with getting the cats groomed and back and forth to rings.
Let’s focus first on Linda, who is a home health nurse currently working as part of a team of four caregivers for a woman who is very much at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. We can certainly understand why she must take extra precautions to not only protect herself and her family but also her vulnerable patient. Among the precautions Linda takes every day is keeping special Crocs for work that are removed and sanitized each day – work clothes are also carefully sanitized. Grocery shopping is done on a weekly basis, but orders are placed for pick-up so as to avoid going into stores. Fortunately, she has not found any difficulty in obtaining the raw meat that her cats enjoy. One interesting item, Linda has noted an increased demand for kittens at this time – perhaps because people feel the need for the love and enjoyment of fur babies now. Linda lives with her husband Jon and her adult son, Jacob, who is employed by Bolger Brothers Construction. His company does petroleum construction and systems for automobile gas for companies like Sheetz for their mini marts. While he had been working out of Maryland, Linda was very relieved when he was transferred to another location near home so he was able to leave a potential “hot spot.”

Jon is also considered very much an essential worker at this time but in a decidedly different area. He is warehouse manager for the Altoona branch of UTZ snack foods, assuring that everything related to shipping and receiving go smoothly. Right now, his warehouse handles from 500-600 cases of product daily. The company is very safety orientated, supplying plenty of gloves, masks and disinfectants to its employees. The nearby Hanover, Pennsylvania, location for UTZ has about 1,500 employees and thermo scans everyone each day. Thus far, there have been no positive cases at Jon’s warehouse for which he is most grateful. Some of the extra precautions he takes are to change clothes frequently and make good use of the sanitizers supplied, including spraying down the hand trucks each night. While unable to enjoy cat shows, Jon does try to spend extra time outdoors. He has recently been able to go fishing with a friend while maintaining social distancing.
Breed Registrations by Location
Dick Kallmyer recently broke down registrations in regards to the popularity of breeds within a specific geographic location for 2019-2020. His results are below.
Breed popularity within the countries comprising our International Division
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CFA Website
Kathy Durdick - webmaster

The 2019-2020 show season national winners have now been posted, with the photos that have been received so far:

We're still missing a lot of them - please remember to get your photos submitted to Shelly Borawski at - once she receives and processes them, they will be added to the website as well
CFA Marketing Committee
The CFA Marketing Team
Desiree Bobby, Director of Marketing
Kathy Black, Marketing Committee Chairperson

More Fun Photo Contests!

If you did not get a chance to enter the NEON Litter photo contest last month, don’t worry because there will be more contests and more prizes! Look for one each month throughout the spring and summer months. Notifications are posted on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Currently running is a chance for 13 cats to win magical toys from Ceylon’s Wand-erland. To enter, simply upload a photo of your cat and share a little bit about some magical moments spent together. Judging is purely by your peers so be sure to share your entry with all your friends to rack up the votes! But enter soon because the contest ends May 18, 2020.

Cattery Advertising

Our Breeder Listing Service is undergoing a major redesign in both functionality and looks. The cost to list your cattery will not be increased, but the benefits will. Stay tuned for more updates on this soon. We expect to be up and running by the summer!

Marketing Committee Looking for Active Volunteers

Do you have experience or skills that could support CFA’s marketing, advertising, promotional or social media initiatives? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email  Desiree Bobby to share your ideas.

The Care and Feeding of CFA Judges
CFA Judges' Association
Wendy Heidt
Pop quiz cat show hot shots!
What do these organisms have in common?
Pasteurella, Bartonella, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus

Ding Ding – time’s up. 
These all are commonly found in the domestic cat’s mouth. Not causing illness in the cat but easily transferred during a bite and all of these can cause serious illness in a person.
There are many thoughts on treatment for cat bites but they all start the same. Wash with warm soapy water for as long as possible, at least 20 minutes, and make it bleed. One of the reasons a cat bite is so infective is their small sharp teeth are able to make deep puncture wounds and deposit foreign organisms into the tissue. The tissue can close behind the removal of the tooth making it difficult to wash out.

Once thoroughly cleaned, cover the wound with gauze and secure with tape, or band aids if small enough. A variety of additional treatments may be recommended. Consultation with a medical professional is always encouraged as a cat bite can be very serious. Soaking in Epsom salts and elevating the wound can be helpful. Ichthammol ointment, or drawing salve, is said to help as having anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The first line oral antibiotic is Amoxicillin with clavulanate. For any signs of infection like pain, redness, heat, swelling, and especially red marks from an extremity going towards the body, seek medical treatment right away as intravenous antibiotics may be needed.

Rabies is a concern during an animal bite and when seeking medical treatment any professional will ask about the origin of the bite as well as the rabies status of the offender. Rabies has been said to be 100% fatal in humans, but recently there has been some evidence of treatment so the death rate is closer to 98%. Very serious indeed.

Show Rules 11.24c and 11.25 address cat bites in relation to shows.
  • 11.24c A judge must disqualify and dismiss from his ring any cat or kitten that bites, cannot be judged in the ring, or that is, in his judgment, behaving in a recalcitrant or threatening manner… 
  • 11.25 The chief ring clerk is responsible for notifying ALL chief ring clerks of the action taken when the judge in his/her ring disqualifies any cat or kitten that bites or that, in the judge’s judgment, is behaving in a recalcitrant or threatening manner. 

No one wants them, no one likes them, but cat bites are a part of showing cats and it is good to know what one should do in the event one occurs.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor

Have you been enjoying the "My First Cat" series? I know that we're enjoying reading our readers' stories about the cat that made an impact on their lives. Laurie Coughlan is coordinating that series and if you have a story to share, please let her know.

We are also well into finalizing our June issue, and I can't tell you how excited I am about it!! We reached out to our readers and asked how and what their cats were doing while we have all been sheltering in place this spring - and the photos and responses which we received are great! We also have several articles about the COVID-19 virus impact on us, what our fanciers have been doing to help others. It's really a very special issue, so do be on the lookout for it - and subscribe if you haven't already.
Know someone who might enjoy Cat Talk? Remember that it is also available on the Kindle Newsstand and via Magzter.
Did you know you can advertise your cattery and its accomplishments in Cat Talk?

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Did you know vendors and small cat-related businesses can take advantage of special advertising pricing?

Check out our pricing, or contact Teresa Keiger for more details.
CFA Program News
CFA Foundation
Karen Lawrence
While our Feline Historical Museum is closed, it doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped searching for historical items. We are delighted to announce that we have recently located and purchased a copper and silver trophy, engraved the “Woodward Challenge” and awarded at a show in Joliet, IL in 1903. The back side of the trophy is engraved with the name of the winner, a Silver Tabby Longhair (Persian) male named Onyx of Gladdisfenn.
We’ve been lucky enough to locate registration details, from both the Beresford StudBook and the US Studbook and Register of Cats. The US Studbook even includes a photo of Onyx with numerous of his prize-winning ribbons. Additional trophy photos and a peek at Onyx’s photo and pedigree can be found on The History Project.

In order to acquire this trophy, we relied on a short fundraising campaign, and are grateful to each and every person who donated and made this possible. Our sincere thanks for your support!

We’ve been busy adding more stories to The History Project web site, and giving you an idea of the wonderful cat fancy artifacts and artwork found not only in our collection, but in The Harrison Weir Collection with whom we collaborate on this web site.  We’ve recently included the following:

In addition, we’ve completed the history of another cat from the past - Talisman de la Chesnaie, a blue Persian, born in Switzerland in 1944. 'Talisman' represents just one of a sizable number of Persian cats, bred on the European continent, who have contributed to the advancement of blue and other colors of Persian throughout modern-day Europe. His pedigree is also a classic example of the influence of British founding bloodstock that was being consistently exported into Europe and the United States, both before and after the Second World War.

These are indeed trying times, and the CFA Foundation was left with no option but to close our museum during this pandemic affecting America. However, as the time of a possible re-opening nears, we find that we will again need your support. The multiple new requirements necessary to re-open our museum are indeed many … and extremely costly.

It is our intent to originally re-open the museum with reduced hours or days of operation, and we will at first institute a “by appointment only policy” so that visitors are able to have the museum all to themselves, for their family, or for a small group of under 10 people. We want to do everything in our power to make your next visit an enjoyable yet safe one!

We are asking that you consider a donation to help with our re-opening expenses so that we can all again enjoy the collection of the Feline Historical Museum in person.
Donations can be made on our Facebook Fundraiser page, via the PayPal button below, the donation page of our web site, or alternatively, checks payable to The CFA Foundation may be mailed to PO Box 2155, Alliance, OH 44601


Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst

Legislative Hearings and Government “Lockdown” Orders

Vital for a representative government and individual liberties, government transparency is suffering unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government “lockdown” orders are taking a toll on open meeting requirements that ensure the rights of the public and the press to observe, comment, and report on the meetings of legislative bodies. To deal with executive branch orders prohibiting public “gatherings,” legislative bodies are taking actions that would be unacceptable absent an emergency declaration, and orders suspending portions of open meeting laws without very specific guidance. The challenge is how to create public access to public meetings that is at least substantially equivalent to provisions of Orders or the access required when local, open in-person meetings could be held.

Solutions are evolving and after two months, one can start to see progress towards maintaining public access to the meetings of legislative bodies. Different places will be in different stages of development and the ultimate solution for each jurisdiction will be situation dependent. When trying to ensure full access or analyze a government’s progress, you must start with understanding the open meeting law and typical practices. In California, for example, the Brown Act (Government Code §54950-54963) covers the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local lawmaking bodies. For state lawmaking bodies, it is the Bagley-Keene Act. We will focus primarily on three of the Brown Act’s mandates. These include notice, location, and access to regular meetings. Note, there are separate requirements for other types of meetings such as special or emergency meetings or determining what is or is not a “legislative body” for purposes of the Act. The public must be given 72 hours notice through the posting of an agenda for regular meetings. With some exceptions, the meetings are to be public and held within the governed jurisdiction. And the public must have the opportunity to address the legislative body, usually in person. When meetings of “legislative bodies” cannot be held in person, accommodations for these requirements are necessary to ensure ultimate legality of actions taken at meetings besides the appearance of propriety and fairness to the public.

To date, California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued three executive orders concerning these requirements. On March 12. 2020, executive order N-25-20 suspended the requirement that the legislative body meets in public. The order allowed for the meetings to be conducted by teleconferencing video or other electronic means. Such meetings must be accessible by the public telephonically or electronically. The physical presence of the body members and its personnel as a condition of participation or establishing a quorum is waived. Executive order N-29-20 clarified that public meetings could be held without a physical location so long as the public could observe and address the meeting telephonically or electronically. The body no longer has to disclose the location, nor do members have to be physically present. The meeting could be held in France with half the members enjoying an Australian beach while the other half scales Mount Everest. The Notice and Americans with Disabilities requirements are still in effect. A few days later, on March 21, 2020, a third executive order relating to the Brown Act was issued. Executive order N-35-20 created a safe harbor for members of the body to seek and receive information relative to the declared emergency without such discourse being construed as a serial meeting that does not meet Brown Act requirements. Provided the members take no action and do not discuss how they will vote outside of a public meeting; their actions will be within the safe harbor zone ( First Amendment Coalition ).

As with California cities and counties, legislative bodies everywhere will encounter implementation issues with any solution applied. There is no substitute for in-person public meetings, but legislative bodies should come as close as possible. With today’s technology, that is a more approachable goal than 50 years ago, but technology is not infallible nor always available to everyone and is not a complete substitute. For example, creating a crowd is an important advocacy tool that is hard to replicate without a physical meeting. From a technology standpoint, multiple platforms and modes of access may be necessary to include real-time comments and responses in the record. Zoom, WebEx, and other software allow for teleconferencing but have cost and bandwidth considerations. They can allow invitees to comment, but the rest of the public watching needs to be allowed real-time access in other ways. Access may include phone-in commenting or emails that are read into the record by the clerk in real-time. Some jurisdictions have held Zoom or other electronic meetings within a Facebook live event. However, the accessibility, anonymity and volume of Facebook comments may present insurmountable problems. Electronic meetings focused solely on the speaker deprives observers of nonverbal clues of council members. In the event of failure or a closed session, how is the public reconnected? Also, with some videoconferencing failures, the public record is may be lost. Fuzzy video, audio, and video that is out of synch, or audio-only feeds lead to confusion and a lack of transparency. Technology may help with language barriers if thought about in advance, but it does not give access to people with no Wi-Fi service. As these issues accumulate, transparency becomes opaque.

The situation creates more problems for journalists. The press plays an essential role in government accountability. Yet even good electrical access can interfere with that role. The inability to follow up with legislators or commenters results in several issues. The journalist cannot corner a politician to obtain an unscripted response to a question. There is no easy way for the journalist to follow up with people or develop a relationship with a commenter. Source building on issues is difficult. And a person whose name cannot be spelled cannot be quoted. All of this translates into less information for the public.

Providing as many methods for the public to fully engage in government and standardizing the form of that interaction across government in a community, is critical to enable the people and the press to perform their watchdog function. How each legislative body accomplishes that transparency will evolve and adapt to their particular needs.
Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:
What’s Hot…………Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group –  Visit the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page and the CFA Legislative Group Blog to see the current legislative news.
Winn Foundation
Julie Legred - Executive Director, Winn Feline Foundation
A list of Winn's March Honor Donors is available
Planned Giving
by George Eigenhauser

How long should you keep your tax records? In general you should retain tax records and all supporting documents until the time to audit that return runs out. This is generally three years after the due date of your return, or the date you file it, whichever is LATER. However, some supporting documents may be discarded sooner.

Weekly/monthly pay stubs, monthly bank or investment statements, or similar documents should be kept until the end of the year to compare to your W-2, 1099 or other yearly summary. If the totals match the yearly summary you only need to keep the annual statement.

You should keep documents that support any income, deductions and credits claimed on your tax return for at least three years. If you take the standard deduction then only income-related documents need to be retained. Among things you should save with your return are W-2 or 1099 forms showing income, form 1098 if you deducted mortgage interest, canceled checks AND receipts for charitable contributions or other deductible expenses or credits claimed.
The time for the IRS to audit your return is extended to six years if you omitted at least 25% of your income. This rarely happens with W-2 workers. But if you are self-employed or a “gig” worker it is easy to overlook some income. Those taxpayers should hold onto their records of income and expenses for at least six years.

Records relating to real property or other investments may need to be retained for at least three years after you sell the property or investment. For example, preserve documents and receipts for the purchase of your home, or any improvements, for three years after you've sold the home. If you inherited investment property or received it as a gift, keep documents and records to establish the property's basis for at least three years after you sell the property. Contributions to IRAs and retirement accounts should be kept for at least at least three years after the account is depleted.

It's a good idea to hold onto copies of your tax return itself indefinitely.

You may wish to hold on to your W-2 forms until you retire to verify until your income with Social Security and assure you receive your proper benefits.

Certain taxpayers who paid taxes to a foreign government or claimed bad debt or securities losses may need to retain their tax records longer.
States have different rules about record retention. For example, California has up to four years to audit California state income tax returns, unlike the three years for federal returns. If you have any questions you should consult your tax professional.
Online Webinar – PURRsuing FIP & WINNing: What we know today

Our webinar was a huge success and we would like to thank those that were able to attend. If you missed it, no need to worry. We recorded it and you can view at your convenience here
Winn Feline Foundation unveils FIP Symposium Summary Document
To download your copy, go here
Clinical study on feline genetics and diabetes 

Anivive Lifesciences , a pet pharmaceutical company, is partnering with cat owners to study feline genetics and diabetes. Your participation in this study is an opportunity to support scientific exploration of the genes thought to be involved with diabetes. This information will help researchers develop new diagnostic tests, suggest possible preventative measures and explore new treatments for this common feline disease. For more details on how to enroll your diabetic cat into this clinical study visit
Corporate Affliates
Our friends at Motel 6 would like CFA to continue to receive the 10% discount at participating locations by using the new updated reservation code of CPOAPHHT. There is a dedicated reservation site for CFA at or you may call 800-466-8356.
Discount Code # CPOAPHHT
Code: 1000026977
or call 877-999-3223 and ask for the discount code CFA CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION
Discount Code # 526223
Discount Code # #U285933
Link to Avis
Discount Code # Z926291
Regional News
Region 1
Sharon Roy - Regional Director
Region 1 is announcing their new website! Many thanks to Martha Lewis for all of her hard work.
While still under construction, it can be viewed at .
Also many Thanks to Michelle Beaudry for all of her years as webmistress. She did a great job!

Recently the SABCCI (Siamese and All Brees Cat Club of Ireland) Newsletter Spring 2020 about a bookstore in Nova Scotia who was also successfully adopting out kittens. It's a great story from the northern end of our region, and they've given us permission to share it. Enjoy!

Otis & Clementine's Books and Coffee is a bookstore just outside Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, that took an innovative approach to conscience people to rescue kittens. When you come in to browse for a good read or have a cup of coffee, you’ll spot something unusual. Unusually adorable, that is.

Kittens! And lots of them! Playing around and napping among the books. And probably reading Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat when no one’s looking. The best part is, you can adopt any of the cats in the bookstore and give them the forever home they deserve. Cats, coffee, and books. Can it get any better than that.

The bookstore owner Ellen Helmke told Narcity that there are several kittens and ‘usually a mama cat as well’ in the shop at any time. But the bookstore kittens aren’t just passers-by taken in from the cold. They’re provided by the South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia rescue group.
If you happen to be in Upper Tantallon and visit Otis & Clementine’s and see a feline friend whom you absolutely adore, then you’d better act fast. ‘All the kittens are in and out fairly quickly, as they are adopted,’ Helmke explained.

However, adopting these cattos isn’t as easy as picking them up and going out the door. South Paw Conservation manages everything and it costs 255 Canadian dollars (147 euro) to adopt a kitten. The adoption fee covers everything, including any medical expenses. What’s more, future pet owners also need to provide references before bringing their gamboling tabby home.
Helmke started the kitten adoption program last year when she realized that there’s plenty of space in her shop for cute cattos. So far, over 30 cats from the bookstore were adopted. And we’re sure that this number will rise. ‘People come here specifically to see cats. And then some people just wander in to look at books and discover there are kittens. Either way, the response has been really great - I mean, who doesn’t love kittens, right?’ Helmke said and added: ’We have a hundred percent adoption rate, which is fantastic. I’m so happy to make my customers happy when they come in and they’re just thrilled to see a kitten they weren’t expecting. It’s amazing and makes me happy to come to work.’

Bored Panda reached out to South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia to hear about their friendship
with the bookstore, as well as to learn more about what they do. This month, alone the rescue
group rescued 3 kittens, 4 cats, 6 puppies and 2 dogs. ‘Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee
is one of the many loving foster homes that provides an enriching environment for our kittens and cats. It’s amazing to have this unique platform to help home our kittens.’ Representative of South Paw said. ‘South Paw Conservation rescued 30 puppies in 2019 from the Bahamas and Antiqua and well over 50 kittens and cats locally. Really hoping the platform of attendance we receive from Otis & Clementine’s will help us to find loving homes, provide proper medical care, food and litter through donations and spay/neuter even more kittens within the province in 2020.’

According to the rescue group’s rep all of their cats and kittens are ’vet checked, vaccinated, feline leukaemia tested, treated with revolution, and dewormed within the first few days of arrival or when healthy/old enough. We have a spay and neuter program set up with local vets to keep the cost down for the potential family. Homing kittens or cats is not first come first serve. We try to home our babies with the best possible fit. Some require a more great space free from other animals, but still maybe enjoy the snuggles at night and some are more playful than others.’ They continued; ‘Some of our kittens require to be bottle fed or even just be in a space where they can be monitored 24 hours a day. We have an amazing foster network that helps us to meet all their needs. All of this is made possible through donations and adoption fees.’

The people working with South Paw Conservation help animals and people out side of Nova Scotia as well.
Region 2
Terri Zittel - Regional Secretary 

Looks like another month of quarantine for the majority of the Northwest Region. There is a slight opening up of Oregon which has had the least amount of cases. Anyway, we are doing well and look forward to having an August picnic. Hopefully...

You might want to go to the CFA Northwest website to purchase an exhibitor bag or zipper pull. The location is The items are pictured there for you to see. Pam says to tell you that there are very few of the items left so don’t procrastinate.

Stay safe and stay well 
Region 3
Leesa Altschul, Regional Secretary
Kathy is moving forward with the awards, rosettes, and sponsorships. She will put together the "On the Road Again" video, and we will have an awards booklet and trophies to hand out. Where and when will be determined later.

The Region's website includes the GSR award-winning cats. Take the time to sponsor a cat here.
We will be posting the sponsorship notes in the awards booklet under the award winners’ photos so your contributions will be acknowledged!  We encourage you to honor a friend with your sponsorship, or, if you’d like, you can donate in memory of a special cat or friend that is very meaningful to you. A special page will be devoted to this honorarium.

Sponsorships are available for the following: Breed Awards, Top Cats, Distinguished Merit, Agility, Household Pets, and Grand of Distinction.

Be sure to send your winner’s pictures to me at, and send your "On the Road Again" pictures to Kathy at
We are selling the 2021 Annual pins for $20. To purchase, see Traci Whittenberg or Beth Grant-Field. The pin design is a cat in space to represent our Houston Annual. They are very popular and everyone wants one!
Hot Off The Press!
Gulf Shore Region 2021 Annual T-Shirts. As one of the fundraisers for the 2021 Annual, we will be selling T-shirts with our Annual theme on the front. The logo will be in full color on a quality navy T-shirt. Shirts are only $20 for S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. We are not able to ship them.

To reserve your size, place your order via PayPal (send money via “Friends and Family” option) to (or you can pay at the show.) List your size and quantity in the PayPal comment section. Get yours before they are all gone!
WE NEED YOU! if you have any fundraising ideas and/or wish to serve on a committee for ideas for the 2021 Annual, please contact Traci Whittenberg (our Annual Chair).
Region 4
John Colilla - Regional Director

No report for this month
Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
I am hoping all is well with my fellow cat breeder/exhibitors in the days of the Covid-19 pandemic. My personal experience has been trying to teach SPED students from home on Zoom. It's like a day out of Groundhog's Day the movie, and I am ready to jump in front of a truck just to see if I can change the outcome.  Eventually this will pass and some new normal will appear but hopefully we can get back to going to shows sometime soon!

I want to thank Art Graafman and Rose Ann Wheeler for their wonderful effort and work on the Banquet refund! Our Regional Awards venue has agreed to let us transfer our deposit to 2021 (rather than just keeping it!), so look for our 2021 Regional Awards show to be in Ontario, CA. and the Banquet at the Hilton Doubletree in Claremont, CA. Thank you Art and Rose for your skillful negotiations!

Southwest Region Update
by Jennifer Redding
We have still been pretty busy here in the Southwest Region. Carol Johnson had the idea that we should set up a volunteer SWR Cat Fanciers Outreach network to keep in touch with SW Region members, just in case some might need help getting supplies like groceries and were afraid to go out, or lived alone and didn’t have someone to call when they got sick. Ellyn Honey, Lee Dowding,and I all volunteered to be a part of the network, and we are still looking for volunteers, specifically for the San Diego/Orange Counties of California, and Arizona. In the meantime, call either Carol, Ellyn, or Jennifer and we should be able to help, or find someone to help. Call or email Carol if you would like to volunteer.
We want to encourage members of the Southwest Region that may need help with grocery shopping, obtaining prescriptions, getting a cat to the veterinarian, and any other otherwise normal tasks that have become more complicated in the time of Coronavirus. If you are in a high risk group and are afraid to go out, please let us know, and if we can’t do it, we will find a volunteer to help.
Carol Johnson - 805-375-4270, 805-390-4971, LA/Ventura
Ellyn Honey- Las Vegas, Hawaii
Jennifer Reding 714-408-8834, San Bernardino/Riverside
Lee Dowding -
The SWR Cat Fanciers Outreach is not meant to take the place of CFA BAP, though we are happy to assist with requests and supplies. If you are in a position where you may run out of food or supplies for the cats, or need assistance with your cats specifically, the Region 5 volunteer for BAP is Mary Barber,
In other news, we have a couple of Region 5 residents that are making masks! When the call went out that the public and first line responders needed masks for protection, they stepped up! Mary Thorsness of Calicats Maine Coons is making masks, and longtime vendor Eleanor Eddleman has switched from making cat beds and pads to making masks. If you would like to order from Eleanor, her phone number is 714-249-5211. Eleanor mentions that she still has plenty of beds and crate pads available if you would like to order some.
Mary Thorsness is selling the masks and using the proceeds to donate masks to local front line health workers and first responders. Mary’s mother was seamstress, and Mary is using her industrial sewing machines to continue her legacy. Mary has donated masks to Northwestern, Cedars-Sinai, and is currently working on a batch for Trader Joe’s Camarillo. Mary says it helps keep her hands and mind busy during the quarantine. If you would like to order a mask from Mary, pleated masks with or without filter pockets are 7$ + shipping (5$ for snail mail for up to 5 masks, 8$ for priority mail for up to 25 masks). Contoured Duckbill masks and masks that fit over N95 masks are 10$ each plus shipping. Contact Mary at, or call 805-312-2330. Keep in mind Mary is in California and is on Pacific Time.
Eventually this will pass and some new normal will appear but hopefully we can get back to going to shows sometime soon!
Region 6
Mary Auth - Regional Director
Staying tuned to learn if we can host the regional awards on the American Gothic weekend September 12-13. The August 1-2 date for the TGIF and National Birman shows was cancelled by the Purina venue.

But we are still holding out to see if there can be a 4-ring show in Lawrenceburg Indiana on July 18. The state of Indiana is expected to be open, the show hall is still secured. It will depend on the results of the survey that CFA is sending out. How might we score the show? Can a bay-arrangement fit within the parameters of rules? So many questions, and so few answers.

The Midwest Region is hoping all are healthy, safe and have lots of cuddles with kittens and cats.
Region 7
Kenny Currle, Regional Director
Although Region 7 has postponed its regional awards show and banquet until later in the year, we are still debuting our past season's winners in June! What does that mean?

Krista Schmitt is collecting photos for all of our award-winning cats.

Cheryl Coleman is creating another outstanding "On the Road Again"

Charlotte Shelburne and Teresa Keiger are working on the awards banquet booklet.
Our goal is to make all of the usual presentations and the awards booklet available for viewing online in late June. Complete info for photo submissions is available here (because we know that some of you from outside of the region will have some great Southern Region OTRA photos)

We are now also accepting sponsorships for all of our award-winning cats. We know that our cats have friends from outside the region who would like the opportunity to sponsor a friend's cat (and some have already done so!) Check out this page to sponsor a cat...and thank you.
The Southern Region had so many national-winning cats, that we've broken it into two parts!
Congratulations to our these and ALL of our winners!
Household Pet

Best Household Pet
Brown Tabby & White Neuter

9th Best Household Pet
Golden Shaded Tabby Neuter

10th Best Household Pet
Chocolate Spotted Tabby Neuter

11th Best Household Pet
Seal Mink Neuter

13th Best Household Pet
Tortoiseshell Spay

14th Best Household Pet
Brown Mackerel Tabby Neuter

15th Best Household Pet
Black Spay

17th Best Household Pet
Brown Mackerel & White Neuter

Best Cat in Agility

2nd Best Cat in Agility

3rd Best Cat in Agility

4th Best Cat in Agility

5th Best Cat in Agility

8th Best Cat in Agility

9th Best Cat in Agility

10th Best Cat in Agility
Premiership (not included last month)

23rd Best Cat in Premiership
Black Cornish Rex Neuter

27th Best Cat in Premiership
Platinum Mink Tonkinese Neuter

29th Best Cat in Premiership
Cream Mackerel Tabby-White Cornish Rex Neuter
Region 9
Michael Schleissner, Regional Director
Another month has passed in this very difficult time. Nothing much has changed at all. Europe as a region is still hanging somewhere in the air. We still do not have a general date when everything will be over. All different European countries have different regulations and are in different stages of getting through the pandemic. Even for the different countries it's much more difficult, because most of the countries have lots of states and the regulations are different from state to state. What a mess.....
Anyway, we still have to celebrate our Regional and National Winners. Here is the final result after April/30/2020.
Best Cat in Championship
GC NW BW Lac Hong Oui Mais Non
Breeder/Owner: Mireille Sicart - France
Best Kitten
RW D'Eden Lover Padavan
Exotic Shorthair, brown tabby & white
Breeder/Owner: Frederic Gaspard - France

Best Cat in Premiership
GP RW Maradan Bandolero
Exotic Shorthair, brown tabby
Breeder: Luis Garcia Maurino
Owner: Susanne Kleine - Germany

Best HHP
Miina Mathilda
black & white
Owner: Jaana Oja - Finland

We also have to celebrate 3 National Winners
4th Best Cat in Championship
GC NW BW Lac Hong Oui Mais Non
Breeder/Owner: Mireille Sicart - France
8th Best Cat in Championship
GC NW BW D'Eden Lover Coco Loco of PL*Jantar
Exotic Shorthair, blue tabby & white
Breeder: Frederic Gaspard
Owner: Frederic Gaspard & Adam Rogowski - France
25th Best Cat in Championship
GC NW BW Sun Way King Louis IVX
Burmese, platinum
Breeder/Owner: Marina Ivanitskaya - Russia
To all these fabulous cats and to our whole regional and national winners my best congratulations.
Stay safe, stay home, stay happy
International Division
Dick Kallemyer
Congratulations to all 439 International Division DW award winners! Also congratulations to the 96 Breed, 111 Color, 9 DMs, 348 GC/GP and 12 Catteries of Distinctions. The International Division award winners will be listed on the “CFA International Division” Facebook page.

Plans for the CFA International Division Awards banquet are still being finalized. Meanwhile, plans are being made send the DW award certificates to the winners.  

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