The Semi Long Hair Cat Association was formed in December 1991 at an inaugural meeting of thirty people who owned, bred or were interested in any breed of semi long hair cat. They felt that the time had come for semi longhair breeds to have their own section within the GCCF instead of being included in the short hair section. The rules of the Association were decided and the objects were defined as being:

* To promote and safeguard the interest and welfare of ALL
   semi long hair cats;      
* To help foster a spirit of cooperation between various 
   individual semi long hair breed clubs in ALL matters of
   common interest;
* To provide an Annual Breeds Show for all semi long hair cats

The Association works with the breed clubs. Most members belong also to their breed club. As a result of pressure from the Association and other breed clubs, there is now a Semi Long Hair Section recognised by the GCCF and the Association is proud to hold its own Championship Show dedicated to all pedigree semi long hair cats - (not forgetting our friends in the Non Pedigree Section).
The SLHCA is affiliated to the GCCF ( Governing Council for the Cat Fancy).