The European Shorthair Cat Club in Finland
The European Shorthair Cat Club in Finland (SER-FER) is a club for all those interested in the European cat. SER-FER was founded in October 1987, and it was Finland's first breed club with full authority. During these 25 years, SER-FER has established its position in the Finnish pedigree cat activity. Certain modes of operation have rooted in our work, which does not exclude a possibility for new winds and ideas giving freshness to it. SER-FER aims at keeping in touch with foreign cat clubs specialized in the European cats and it tries to comment on issues about this breed in domestic as well as in foreign publications.
SER-FER's purpose is to promote planned breeding of the European cat in order to improve its general quality and its appreciation. The club gives assistance and advice in all matters concerning this breed, such as the heredity of colour variants and choosing a partner for a cat. Our members are European shorthair cat breeders, owners and other people interested in this breed (in Finland as well as in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and many other countries); owning a European Shorthair is not required from our members.
SER-FER publishes its own club magazine, SERRY, which published four times a year. It contains lots of usefull information about cats. There have been articles on European in particular and cats in general, for example:
- taking care of your cat's fur, mating and care of kittens, colour genetics (heredity of coat colours)
- veterinarian's articles on cats' diseases, vaccinations, health in general
- breeding European Cats
- portraits of several European cats, show cats as well as "household pets", all members can have their cat(s) presented in the magazine and with picture, of course
– interviews of feline judges
- members may put ads on the magazine of their studs and litters born / for sale.
And in every magazine, there's a summary of the main articles IN ENGLISH!
SER-FER has its own "intermediary" for members' kittens and we also distribute ads and info-leaflets in shows, sometimes even newspapers. The parents of kittens taken on SERRY's Kittens for sale-pages should be tested FeLV and FIV negative, i.e. they should have a veterinary certificate of neg. test results.
The club awards special prizes for its members' show cats; for ex. cats winning international titles get a rosette/medal/trophy. We try to keep our own info-desk in as many shows as possible. Every now and then we have our own non-judged special EUR-show. So far, we have had over 10 such shows. Some years we also have gatherings for our members on themes around European, their breeding or care.
SER-FER's membership fee is EUR 20/year (2016). For that sum, all the above mentioned benefits are available for you. The club has a simple membership application form (click "Become a member") to get information on your coordinates and eventual Europeans for the club's register. All received forms are always viewed as soon as possible.
Welcome to join the company of European Shorthairs' fans / our activities!