Ball honored by American Kennel Club and Cat Fancier’s Association

Named ‘Honorary Chair’ for inception of 2009 Meet the Breeds event

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) have named Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) an Honorary Chair for the 2009 debut of ‘Meet the Breeds’ for his support of Responsible Pet Ownership in the community.

Ball, who often works with the humane society and other national organizations on animal rights legislation, said that “fighting for my two legged constituents has also included fighting for our four legged friends, and as a full-time State Assemblyman, it has been both an honor and a privilege to fight to crack down on animal cruelty.”

‘Meet the Breeds’ will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th, 2009 at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet health care provider, ‘Meet the Breeds’ is a showcase of over 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds and will be the first stand-alone event of its kind in the world.

“When I joined 4H at a young age, animal rights became near and dear to my heart, and I firmly believe that animals should be entitled to a happy and healthy life,” Ball added.

Ball has worked hard in Albany to bring attention to animal protection. He also co-sponsored legislation to allow guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs to be allowed in public places during their training, and, as seen on the Fox Strategy Room, developed legislation to outlaw puppy mills as well as to end the practice of using dog fur as trimming on coats popularly sold in the United States.

AKC ‘Meet the Breeds’ has been held at every AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show since its inception in 2001, drawing thousands of spectators to the colorful and creatively decorated booths showcasing each AKC registered breed. The booths, created by each breed’s national club, are individually decorated to depict the breed’s country of origin, historical purpose or function, and attributes as a family pet. Responsible breeders and their dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will interact with the public to educate them on various breeds and responsible pet ownership.

“Because of the overwhelming popularity of this feature at our past shows and the tremendous participation of our Parent Clubs, we have decided to create a stand-alone event geared 100% toward pet lovers. Bringing the internationally respected CFA in adds a new dimension and will allow event goers to experience every breed of dog and cat in the U.S. together under one roof,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “It’s an ideal opportunity for any animal lover to enjoy the diversity and beauty in the canine and feline worlds and learn about breeds directly from the experts. We will offer attractions such as educational demonstrations, vendors and activities for kids and we expect it to become an annual family event.”

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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