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Manhattan woman has two cats featured on latest national calendar

By Rose Schneider

Julie Owens is the proud owner of a local Manhattan celebrity.

Lily Bea, Owens’ one-year-old kitten, and Bailey, a second cat who died in September, were published in the 2013 365 Kittens-A-Year, Bad Cat and Cat Fancy calendars.

“We assemble a year’s worth of the most talented, best-looking and most interesting canine and feline companions submitted to us from around the globe,” said John Duggan of Workman Publishing, who publishes the Bad Cat and 365 Kittens-A-Year calendars.

This year Bailey made appearances as Mr. July 10 in Bad Cat and Mr. September 12 in Cat Fancy.  Lily Bea made her debut as Miss April 19 in the 365 Kittens-A-Year calendar.

The first cat calendar contest Owens entered was with Cat Fancy magazine in 2008.

“As long as I’ve had cats I’ve always picked up the Cat Fancy calendars because proceeds go to cat shelters and that is where I got my cats from,” said Owens.

Owens adopted her most recent family addition, Lily Bea, from the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan.

“The cats are my children, but next year I will hold off and give someone else a chance,” said Owens.

Entry forms can be obtained from the inside of each calendar or online.

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