March Message from SACC President

The year is in full swing and when you read this, the first few SACC shows will be something of the past. Through the grapevine I hear that there are a lot of promising COTY candidates that will hit the show bench this year and thismakes the art of showing so much more exciting. I also heard that there will be a lot of new faces at the shows and a lot of exhibitors that have not shown for some time will again be showing this year. To all of you, welcome in the SACC show ring.

The year proves to be difficult for most people and even in the cat fancy the current economy and credit crunch has reared its ugly head. Internationally there are reports of breeders that do not mate their queens at the moment, because there is just no market to sell kittens. Kittens from the previous breeding season are still unsold. Shelters for dogs and cats are overpopulated because people can just not look after their pets anymore. As far as I know this has not been the case in South Africa yet. I do urge each responsible breeder to plan for these situations.

The predictions being made is that this phase of the economy will remain with us for the next 3 years, so it is quite important to prepare oneself for what lies ahead. I received some correspondence of discussions on some of the cat lists regarding the prices of cat food.

The fact remains that whatever you as breeder or cat owner decide to feed your cats, one should not compromise on the quality of food that one feed your animals. I request from anyone that want to get into discussions with any food supplier, irrespective if it is about price or discount for certain groups of people that it is done in a professional and most appropriate manner. If there is a group of people that want SACC to lobby on their behalf specific requirements with the food suppliers, please channel those requests through the correct channel.

My advice to all of you is:

  • Only keep the amount of animals that you can comfortably care for insituations where the economy is good or bad.
  • If you need to buy or import that next show winning cat, please be true to your self and admit if you cannot afford another mouth to feed. There will always be another opportunity.
  • Do not compromise on the quality of food you feed your cats. If you need to switch to another brand or method of feeding, make sure that your beloved cats are still provided with the necessary nutrients required in any feline diet.

A lot of exciting things are planned for this year. Our kitten show will be held this year in conjunction with the Gardenex Expo. Although the venue is familiar, the vibe will be different to other shows that are held in The Coca-Cola Dome in Gauteng. The National Show is planned for 6 June 2009 and COTY for 1 August 2009. Details will be made available soon.

I am also proud to announce that SACC managed to secure a generous sponsorship with Royal Canin for 2009. Royal Canin sponsored shows will be held in almost all regions this year. Royal Canin will also sponsor COTY this year again, as well as a SACC representative to attend the World Cat Congress (WCC) that will be held this year in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The agreement between SACC and Royal Canin to provide discount vouchers to breeders for all kittens transferred into the name of the new owners will also continue this year. Read further on in this issue regarding the detail to qualify for these discount vouchers.

I am the lucky one to represent SACC at WCC in April 2009. As this is my first opportunity to represent SACC at WCC, I am quite looking forward to attend the seminar and meetings to be held over this time. At the one meeting, SACC will lead the discussion to provide a proper channel to address the situations where cats are imported and the purchaser do not receive the cat or registration papers. Too many times in the past SACC breeders have spent a lot of money to import a cat and then either the cat never arrives or the cat arrives without the necessary papers to register it within SACC. I hope at this meeting to at least agree on a foundation of how issues like this will be addressed between the members of WCC.

The provisional dates for the SACC governing delegates to meet this year are:

  • 7 June 2009 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ Business Meeting
  • 24 October 2009 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ AGM
  • 25 October 2009 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ Business Meeting

Please take note of these dates so that you are aware of when proposals received will be discussed. Have a good show season and I am looking forward to meeting you all again in the coming weeks.

Jan van Rooyen
President of SACC

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