The NY Cat Film Festival Names Winn Feline Foundation National Beneficiary



The NY Cat Film Festival™, a celebration of our love for cats, illustrated through film, has named Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) the festival’s national beneficiary, helping the foundation support lifesaving cat health research.

The NY Cat Film Festival™ debuted in New York City in late 2017 to great acclaim and a sold out theater. Now, the NY Cat Film Festival™ travels the country and takes our fascination with the feline kind to a new level of appreciation and celebration. In each city, the festival draws crowds of dedicated and passionate cat lovers and donates a portion of ticket proceeds to Winn.

The NY Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. For far too long, felines have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them.

“The Winn Feline Foundation does incredible work and is perfectly in line with our own mission,” says Tracie Hotchner, festival founder. “Our goal with The NY Cat Film Festival™ is to honor cats and how they share our world. Winn’s work to enhance the health and well being of cats is unmatched and we’re thrilled to support it. “

Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization that, since 1968, supports studies to improve cat health and welfare. This year, Winn is celebrating its 50th year changing the lives of cats through partnerships, research, education and more. To date, Winn has funded over $6 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide.

“We’re honored to be chosen as the national beneficiary of the NY Cat Film Festival,” says Vicki L. Thayer DVM, DABVP, Winn’s executive director. “These films are carefully compiled with a focus and appreciation for cats that matches our own. This will be a wonderful way to reach more cat lovers with our message and work.”

Steve Dale, CABC (Certified Animal Behavior Consultant), radio host, pet book author and Winn board member, agrees. “We love what the NY Cat Film Festival brings to the cat community – an understanding and tribute to the feline kind that we know cat lovers will appreciate. We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary of this exciting tour.”

The NY Cat Film Festival™ is currently on tour. To learn more, see the schedule of cities or to purchase tickets, please visit:

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About the Festival Founder

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival™ premiered in New York City. In 2017 the first annual NY Cat Film Festival™, will premiere, both events growing out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady™ Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives.

Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know as well as THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know). She is recognized as a Thought Leader in improving the lives of companion animals and is the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio.

She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® for over 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until the channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady™  Network, where she still produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 12 consecutive years and over 575 shows.

About Winn Feline Foundation

Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health.  Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded over $6 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians by providing educational resources that improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Grants are awarded at least twice yearly with the help of the foundation’s expert review panel. For further information, go to