This weekend, the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers' Association are joining forces at the Jacob Javits Center this weekend to allow the public to Meet the Breeds. There will be 160 purebred breeds of dogs and 41 purebred breeds of cats on the scene—"each in its own designated booth, decorated to reflect the heritage of the breed, its characteristics and unique attributes as a pet." We went to the press preview yesterday and got to meet some of the animals—they seem pretty excited about this weekend!

Besides seeing cats and dogs, there will be experts discussing training, grooming, nutrition and first-aid, as well as "five rings with simultaneous demonstrations and activities including law enforcement K9s, agility, obedience, dog and cat breed showcases and 'Cat Idol.'" PLUS there is an Adopt-a-Cat "extravaganza," with numerous rescue organizations bringing in hundreds of sweet shelter cats and kittens who are available for adoption.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids under 12, but there's a discount available with online pre-event ticketing. And here are directions to the Javits Center.