Alex and Ani Offers a Holiday Gift That Saves Lives with Style

   

Alex and Ani Paw Prints Charm BangleThis week we are proud to celebrate three years of an amazing partnership with Alex and Ani and their Charity by Design team!

Our community collaboration of over 150 partner animal shelters and rescue groups has saved the lives of more than a quarter-million animals since 2003. The overwhelming reception of the Alex and Ani Paw Prints Charm Bangle, featuring our logo and available in two finishes, has helped to fuel our life-saving progress since 2011. We are grateful to Alex and Ani for the important role they have played in our success.

The collectible Paw Prints Charm Bangle is the perfect accessory for animal lovers and New York City enthusiasts alike, and best of all, 20 percent of the proceeds from each bangle sold supports our life-saving programs and initiatives.

Order your Alex and Ani Paw Prints Charm Bangle today! And if you already have one, spread the word to save lives in style with all of the fashionable pet-lovers on your list this holiday season.

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200 Cats, Kittens & Rabbits Available for Adoption at Whiskers in Wonderland

   

(Photo by Carol Zytnik)

Photo by Carol Zytnik

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – New York, NY – Two hundred cats, kittens, and rabbits seeking families to call their own today met potential adopters at the fifth annual Whiskers in Wonderland adoption extravaganza. Presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), the event took place at Petco Union Square (17th Street & Broadway) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance, said, “For many families and single people, the holidays are a good time to adopt, especially if their holiday schedules allow them to spend plenty of time with their new pet, to allow them to acclimate to their new home. Whiskers in Wonderland offers New Yorkers an opportunity to meet a wide range of cats, kittens, and rabbits awaiting adoption from rescue groups and shelters, including Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C).”

(Photo by Maureen Smith)

Photo by Maureen Smith

Hoffman also noted that in New York City, cats and kittens are taken in by rescue organizations at a rate of three-to-one compared to dogs. Cats and kittens make up almost 63 percent of the animals in New York City shelters who need homes.

The kittens, cats, and rabbits for adoption at Whiskers in Wonderland were provided by non-profit animal rescue groups and shelters that participate in the Alliance.

Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that provides distraction therapy to shelter animals with pet toys, blankets, and other comforting items to help increase adoptions, was on hand at the event to accept donations from the public.

Hoffman extended her gratitude to all of today’s adopters, as well as Petco, the participating adoption groups, and volunteers who made this year’s Whiskers in Wonderland a great success.

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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's AnimalsAbout the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015, meaning that no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

Media Contact

Courtney Savoia, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 329-1408
E-mail: csavoia@lakpr.com

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Winter is Coming for NYC’s Most Vulnerable Cats

   

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November Donations Matched to Feed Feral & Stray Community Cats in New York City

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PhotoFundraising-FCIMatchingFood2014BowlsAs we brace for another brutal New York winter, Certified Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Caretakers throughout NYC’s five boroughs are preparing their outdoor cat colonies for the cold temperatures to come. Food and shelter are critically important this time of year.

While volunteer caretakers are working hard to keep colonies warm and safe, your contribution to the New York City Feral Cat Initiative’s Emergency Food Fund this month will help them keep their food bowls full all winter long!

Give today, and a generous anonymous donor will match your donation, dollar-for-dollar!

Thanks to this life-saving matching grant, every dollar raised this month means four more meals for NYC’s feral and stray community cats. A $25 donation immediately becomes $50, which can feed 100 outdoor cats for a day.

Volunteer caretakers can save the lives of thousands of NYC’s cats this winter, and your support will help them accomplish this important task.

Double your impact for NYC’s feral and stray community cats, and join our campaign today!

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Bohemia Realty Group to Host Halloween Pet Adoption Fair

   

HOWL-o-ween Pet Adopt-athon - Saturday, October 25, 2014HOWL-o-ween Pet Adopt-athon
Saturday, October 25, 2014
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Bohemia Realty Group, 2101 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, NYC

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Bohemia Realty Group, and Bideawee invite New Yorkers to HOWL-o-ween Pet Adopt-athon — a fun event for the whole family, where you can meet adorable, adoptable small dogs, cats, and kittens.

The afternoon event also offers free family-friendly activities and a Halloween-themed celebration including face painting by The Cheeky Chipmunk, giveaways, raffles (including a grooming service by Paws Country Club), dog training advice from Nirvana Tails, and more.

All of the pets at the HOWL-o-ween Pet Adopt-athon are provided by Bideawee, a not-for-profit humane animal organization that has been providing shelter, care, and compassion to homeless animals in helping them to find their forever homes for over 100 years. Bideawee operates one facility in Manhattan and one on Long Island.

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New Children’s Book Teaches Kids About Stray and Feral Cats

   

The Cats On My Block by Valerie SicignanoThe Cats On My Block Offers Young Readers Insights Into the Life of Community Cats

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – New York, NY – Teaching children about feral and stray cats, often referred to as “community cats,” just got easier with the publication of The Cats On My Block, a delightful new children’s book written by animal welfare veteran, Valerie Sicignano, and illustrated by Jayne Sayre Denny.

The Cats On My Block is published by The Humane Society of New York (HSNY), and all proceeds from the sale of the book go to fund their Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program. The program was the first coordinated spay/neuter program for community cats in New York City and today remains one of city’s primary resources offering free spay/neuter services for community cats.

Through conversation among the story’s characters, readers of all ages gain insight into a basic misconception about feral cats. When Luke asks Willow if the cats are homeless, she replies, “No, the outdoors is their home.”

Willow introduces Luke to a neighbor, Keith, who cares for the cats through daily feeding and monitoring, and by providing shelters to offer protection against the elements. Keith explains how he carries out Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in the neighborhood to have the cats spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and left-eartipped to identify them as having been “fixed,” and then returns them to their outdoor home.

The book features an introduction to the cats on Willow’s block with illustrations, names, and descriptions, allowing young readers to get to know them as more than nameless strangers. A glossary of feral catology offers readers a vocabulary to broaden their understanding of the cats.

“Offering children insights into the lives of community cats — and how the quality of their lives can be greatly improved by the intervention of caring humans — is a first step toward instilling a caring and compassionate attitude towards community cats,” says Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This book is an excellent tool for humane education.”

Sandra DeFeo, Executive Director and Feral Cat Program Coordinator for The Humane Society of New York, said, “The Humane Society of New York is proud to publish The Cats On My Block. This beautifully written and illustrated story takes us on a very special journey into the world of outdoor cats. Children of all ages will be delighted by the book and will learn important lessons about how these cats live and why we should care for them.”

The Cats On My Block is available for purchase on Amazon.com: http://bit.ly/TheCatsOnMyBlock

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About the Author
Valerie Sicignano completed a Certificate in Humane Education at the ASPCA in 1997. In 2007, she was the keynote speaker at the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Humane Education Conference in New York City, where she also wrote and presented a workshop for teachers. That same year she produced the Humane Education Leadership Conference in New York City. She is a co-founder of the New York City Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and recipient of the Animal Guardian Award from the Manhattan Pet Gazette and the Companion Animal Guardian Award from In Defense of Animals.

About the Illustrator
Jane Sayre Denny is an award-winning graphic designer and artist with a deep love of cats. She is the author and illustrator of The Twelve Cats of Christmas and Emmaline, and illustrator of the Power Kid series of child empowerment books by Obi Nwokolo. Jane created The Pride, the reality cat cartoon starring Crazy Johnny that won the 2007 Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for best cat cartoon. The Twelve Cats of Christmas won the Cat Writers’ 2012 Certificate of Excellence, Muse Medallion, and the Kuykendall Image Award for outstanding image series featuring cats.

The Humane Society of New YorkAbout The Humane Society of New York
Since 1904, The Humane Society of New York has been a presence in New York City, caring for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. Today, the Society’s hospital and its Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 38,000 animals annually. On any given day The Humane Society of New York is responsible for hundreds of animals with diverse needs, many of which have nowhere else to turn for life-giving help. To support the community, HSNY offers a range of free and low-cost spay/neuter options to protect animals’ health and prevent pet overpopulation. www.humanesocietyny.org

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's AnimalsAbout the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015, meaning that no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

Media Contacts

Courtney Savoia, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 329-1408
E-mail: csavoia@lakpr.com

Sandra DeFeo, The Humane Society of New York
Phone: (212) 752-4842 x233
E-mail: sandra.hsny@verizon.net

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