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Earlier this year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) invited mixed breeds to participate in select activities, such as agility, obedience and rally. But are mutts only welcome at AKC events if their owners pay for the privilege? That’s the message some mixed breed owners are receiving after the AKC said no to adoptable animals as part of its annual “Meet the Breed” event in New York City.
For seven years, the Cat Fanciers' Association  (CFA) allowed the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals  to bring homeless cats and kittens to its New York City Cat Show at Madison Square Garden. This generous partnership enabled the Mayor’s Alliance - a nonprofit coalition of 150 animal rescue groups and shelters – to find homes for hundreds of adoptable cats.
Last year, Madison Garden was unavailable, so CFA paired up with AKC’s “Meet the Breeds” event at the Javits Center. CFA continued the tradition of inviting the Mayor’s Alliance to hold its Adopt A Cat program. However, AKC said no adoptable dogs or puppies would be allowed.
In response, the Mayor’s Alliance and Best Friends Animal Society  will present an adoption event December 18-19 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. CFA will be participating.