Later that evening, Tara and her family will be honored at CFA’s Regional Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, where Tara will be presented with the CFA Hero Cat Award. Tara will also receive gifts from CFA Corporate Partners: Sturdi Products, Critter Zone, Pioneer Pet and Royal Canin. Roger Triantafilo, Tara’s owner, said, “We chose to accept this award on behalf of Tara, to honor her heroic actions. Our family supports Tara just like any family member whose bravery deserves celebration. To be recognized for such an award is a great honor for our family and Tara deserves every bit of praise for showing her devotion to Jeremy in such a selfless way. We are extremely grateful to the Cat Fanciers’ Association for making this award possible and honoring Tara with us.”
Jodell Raymond, CFA Communications Director said, “We are not at all surprised at this heroic action. Tara epitomizes the bond a cat has with her owner. Female cats can be very protective by nature of their kittens and this protectiveness can extend to their human family. The cat sensed the aggression in the dog and immediately came to the aid of its young owner. CFA is thrilled to present Tara with CFA’s Hero Cat Award in Celebration of the Feline Human Bond. “
On May 14, 2014 the tabby cat saved her four year old owner Jeremy Triantafilo, who was riding his bike and was attacked by the neighbor’s guard dog. Tara was caught on home security video coming out of nowhere and hurling her body at the dog, disrupting the attack, chasing the dog away and saving Jeremy. She instantly became a You Tube sensation with over 22 million views. Since her heroic act, Tara has been busy. She has thrown out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Bakersfield, California and dropped the puck at the Bakersfield Condors hockey game. She has a day named after her in her county, and has had visits from dignitaries and received countless toys and treats from several cat product companies. According to Roger Triantafilo, Tara adopted the couple as a kitten and followed them home one day. After Jeremy was born, Tara would climb into his crib and curl up beside him.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.® (CFA) was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit association of member clubs and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association, the pedigreed breeds of cats, or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit their web site at www.cfa.org.