Move Over, Westminster! “Best in Rescue” Names Winners

Penny Lou, an 8-year-old long-haired Chihuahua mix, won the "Best Loyal Friend" award at the "Best in Rescue" event on February 10, 2016. She is available for adoption from Bideawee. (Photo by Marshal Boprey)

Penny Lou, an 8-year-old long-haired Chihuahua mix, won the “Best Loyal Friend” award at the “Best in Rescue” event on February 10, 2016. She is available for adoption from Bideawee. (Photo by Marshal Boprey)

“Best in Rescue” Dog Show Features Ten Loveable Rescue Dogs and Brings Awareness to the Need for Animal Adoption

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – New York, NY – In advance of next week’s 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, today, 10 loveable rescue dogs strutted their stuff at “Best in Rescue,” an event featuring a representative sample of the amazing dogs available for adoption from shelters and rescue organizations in New York City. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (Alliance) and Bideawee, the event, held at the Bideawee shelter in Manhattan, focused attention on the critical need for pet adoption.

Jane Hoffman, Alliance President, said, “All of today’s participating pooches are winners because of their unique and endearing qualities. Each deserves and needs a loving forever home. I encourage New Yorkers who are looking for a family pet to choose adoption. Parents looking to introduce an animal companion into their family have the important opportunity to show their children how adoption plays a significant role in saving the life of a vulnerable pet. I’d like to thank Bideawee and, of course, today’s ‘Best in Rescue’ stars for helping us shine a spotlight on the importance of adoption.”

Dolores Swirin-Yao, President of Bideawee, added, “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Alliance to showcase the amazing qualities of our ‘Best in Rescue’ dogs. We like to think of our pups as the ‘full package.’ More than just a pretty face (although their cuteness is undeniable), shelter dogs are affectionate, smart, and make wonderful pets. Many thanks to the Alliance for joining us in celebrating the animals who will go on to provide joy, comfort, and lifelong companionship to their future families.”

Participating pooches, who each took home a special “Best in Rescue” ribbon, included:

CarmenBest Ears
Carmen, a five-month-old Terrier mix, is timid at first, but once she feels comfortable, she enjoys snuggling and her joyful attitude shines through.
Sara KayBest Fetch Player
Sara Kay is a fantastic seven-month-old Terrier mix who is smart, confident, social, active, friendly, and loves attention. This affectionate pooch loves playing with other dogs.
LaceyBest Special Needs Pup
Lacey, an adorable five-month-old long-haired Chihuahua mix, is living with a heart defect.
Penny LouBest Loyal Friend
Penny Lou is a cute and gentle long-haired Chihuahua mix of eight years. Since she came to Bideawee, being loved became a new signification in her life. Penny Lou is very timid and needs some time to feel comfortable. However, once her trust is gained, she is incredibly sweet, loving, and loyal.
MitziBest Listener
Mitzi is a gorgeous three-month-old Boxer mix who is timid at first, yet very affectionate and sweet. This adorable pup loves company, has a big heart and is in need of attention and love.
NoelBest Wagger
A Chihuahua mix of two months, adorable Noel is bright, active, and playful, yet very loving. In addition, she is affectionate and absolutely loves getting attention! This sweetheart is friendly with other dogs.
LibbyBest Eyes
Libby is a gentle, three-year-old Basset Hound mix with irresistible brown eyes who would be good around children.
CamiBest Charmer
Cami is a six-month-old Siberian Husky mix boasting a snow white coat and charcoal nose. She is looking for a home that can dedicate the whole day to her.
PennyBest Lap Doggie
Shy at first, Penny is an adorable Chihuahua mix of two years. This little pup is very shy, but once she feels comfortable, she is truly amazing. She is loving, gentle, joyful, and in need of lots of love and attention.
TaterBest Puppy Face
A sublime two-month-old Terrier mix puppy, Tater wins over everyone’s heart. He is extremely sweet and loving. Social and curious, Tater is also an affectionate pup. He likes playing and cuddling and is friendly with other dogs.

   

   

Hoffman and Swirin-Yao stressed four good reasons for adopting a family pet from a shelter or rescue group instead of purchasing from a pet store or irresponsible breeder:

  • Shelters and rescue groups know their animals’ personalities and are great at matching pets with prospective owners.
  • Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group avoids supporting puppy mills, which breed animals under cruel and deplorable conditions.
  • Shelters and rescue groups offer a wide variety of breeds and mixes, including many pure breeds.
  • Rescue pets have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and many have been microchipped; and adoption fees generally are considerably lower than fees charged by pet stores and breeders.

If you would like to adopt any of the dogs above, please visit: www.bideawee.org/Adopt-Search

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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 community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

BideaweeAbout Bideawee
Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, Bideawee has been cultivating and supporting the lifelong relationships between pets and the people that love them for more than 100 years. Bideawee provides an array of high touch services including adoption centers, animal hospitals, pet therapy programs, and pet memorial parks that serve pets and pet lovers on their lifelong journey together. Bideawee is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 humane animal organization and 100% of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates one facility in New York City and two on Long Island, one in Wantagh, and one in Westhampton. www.bideawee.org

Media Contacts

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Colleen Roche, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
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Bideawee
Melissa Treuman
Phone: 1-866-262-8133
E-mail: melissa.treuman@bideawee.org

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Alliance Gives Away Free Cat Food to TNR Volunteers

Alliance President, Jane Hoffman, and volunteers, Gurjinder Cheema and David Glicksman, get ready to move thousands of pounds of cat food into the vehicles of eager Certified TNR Caretakers at the most recent NYC Feral Cat Initiative giveaway on January 30, 2015. (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

Alliance President, Jane Hoffman, and volunteers, Gurjinder Cheema and David Glicksman, get ready to move thousands of pounds of cat food into the vehicles of eager Certified TNR Caretakers at the most recent NYC Feral Cat Initiative giveaway on January 30, 2015. (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

Thanks to three generous grants, beginning in late October 2015, the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, held three cat food giveaways for volunteer Certified Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Caretakers. In total, the NYCFCI provided approximately 700 caretakers with more than 6,000 cases of canned food and 500 12-pound bags of dry food.

Held in Queens, grateful caretakers from across the New York City area arrived for each giveaway at their pre-registered times to load up with free food for the felines in their care. They came by car, on foot, and even by taxi. Each participant left with lots of cat food, a big smile, and words of appreciation.

“Thanks for doing what you do with the food,” said one caretaker from a Staten Island non-profit that feeds approximately 60 community cats twice a day, every day. “It’s so important, and one of the most overlooked problems in the feral cat community—sometimes there just isn’t enough money to feed the cats, only to TNR them.”

Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance, credits Certified TNR Caretakers with “really doing all the labor, mostly on their own dime. So this is the way we try to help them.”

Certified TNR Caretakers line up to have their cars loaded up with cat food by volunteers, John Iannuzzi and Gurjinder Cheema, and staff member, Kathleen O'Malley, at the NYC Feral Cat Initiative's giveaway on December 12, 2015. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Certified TNR Caretakers line up to have their cars loaded up with cat food by volunteers, John Iannuzzi and Gurjinder Cheema, and staff member, Kathleen O’Malley, at the NYC Feral Cat Initiative’s giveaway on December 12, 2015. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

At the first two giveaways, made possible through an anonymous donation and held on October 24 and December 12 of 2015, a combined total of approximately 3,900 cases of Innova canned cat food were distributed. Packets of EVO Wild Cravings treats were also available. At the third giveaway, held on January 30, 2016, about 2,100 cases of Wellness wet food were made available thanks to a grant from the Jackson Galaxy Foundation and more than 500 bags of 9Lives dry food were also provided, thanks to an ASPCA grant.

Kathleen O’Malley, the NYCFCI’s Director of Education was pleased that the first giveaways were able to be scheduled “just as caretakers were getting ready for winter, because we recommend that caretakers feed wet food for the extra nutrition during the colder months.” Apparently community cats across the city were also pleased. After each giveaway, the NYCFCI received many notes of thanks from the cats themselves.

NYCFCI Cat Food Giveaways - Thank-You Notes

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“Nobody’s Cats” a TNR Treat for Young Readers

   

Nobody's Cats by Valerie Ingram and Alistair SchroffReviewed by Evon Handras, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? In the case of Nobody’s Cats by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff, you absolutely can. This beautifully written and illustrated story is sure to be a winner with children and adults alike, which holds true for all timeless children’s picture books. From the very first page, the readers’ heartstrings are tugged on just enough to want to keep reading about what happens to the cold and hungry little black kitten the story’s young hero happens to meet one wintry day.

Based on a true story that took place in rural British Columbia, the story centers around a young boy who comes across other children taunting a tiny kitten and the other cats taking refuge at an old barn. He jumps in to protect the kitten by scaring the other children away, and he never forgets him. In the spring, a humane educator visits the school. The boy, the true hero of the story, recounts what he saw. What follows next is a wonderful community effort to help these community cats. The children, with the help of the adults and the compassionate local vet, embark upon a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project that vastly improves the lives of the cats.

Nobody’s Cats is an excellent introduction for young readers. It touches upon kindness and compassion towards animals and community cooperation, and offers excellent illustrations on Trap-Neuter-Return basics and proper colony care. Readers also get an understanding of the difference between feral cats and stray cats that can be rehomed, which is a big part of working to help community cats. The book also provides an excellent glossary of community cat terms for young readers.

Nobody’s Cats is based on the community cat project that the authors and their local community worked on for three years. In addition to being a key part of the project, local students contributed artwork and also helped write the ending of the story. “Nobody’s cats” are really a community’s cats, and this excellent book conveys that point beautifully.

How to Order

Nobody’s Cats is available as a soft cover book for a $10 donation (which includes shipping). Contact valerie@lakesanimalfriendship.ca to order. A Kindle edition is available on Amazon.com.

All proceeds support the Lakes Animal Friendship Society, a small, volunteer-run animal welfare organization in rural northern British Columbia, Canada, which focuses on several initiatives including student and community education about animal care; compassion and bite safety; spay/neuter assistance for animals from lower income families; TNR and colony support for community cats; dog houses for dogs and cats in need of all-weather outdoor shelter; and pet food for the local food bank.

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Evon HandrasAbout the Reviewer
Evon Handras, a former music business professional, joined the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals as Director of Administrative Services in 2007. She currently works with the Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative program, and also is active in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of the community cats in her home borough of Queens. In addition to her work on behalf of the animals, she still engages her passion for music by occasionally moonlighting as a DJ specializing in classic soul music.

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New York’s Architects Support Community Cats

The crowd favorite community cat shelter on display at the fifth annual 'Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter' fundraiser to support the NYC Feral Cat Initiative was 'Re-Tire-Tent,' a multi-level recycled tire tower created by Narofsky Architecture. (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

The crowd favorite community cat shelter on display at the fifth annual “Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter” fundraiser to support the NYC Feral Cat Initiative was “Re-Tire-Tent,” a multi-level recycled tire tower created by Narofsky Architecture. (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

On January 14, 2016, close to 200 people attended Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter, a unique exhibit, cocktail reception, and fundraiser held at the Steelcase Showroom to support the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

This year, the event’s fifth, seven prestigious New York City architectural design teams presented winter shelters they conceived and created specifically for the city’s community cat population. Creations included The Purrramid from Spacesmith, a pointed structure with a paper mache exterior over repurposed carpet-tile insulation; Kitty Kondos, feline multi-story housing from HLW International; and the Hamilton “Cat”sule Tower from Docomomo US.

Shelters demonstrating innovative use of recycled materials were also on display, including an orange-and-white-striped, plastic construction barrel shelter with an insulated liner from deSoto studio Architects; a winding, industrial pipe shelter called HV A Cat from Biber Architects; and a tire tower called Re-Tire-Tent from Narofsky Architecture that guests voted as their favorite.

Leslie Farrell, animal lover and founder of Architects for Animals, was on hand to thank guests for showing their support, and the design teams that donated shelters for this year’s exhibition. “We are grateful and overwhelmed by their creativity and generosity,” she said. “Their compassion for animals who find themselves living on the harsh streets of New York is really heartwarming. Each year we see different trends demonstrated by the shelter designs, and this year, it’s exciting to see many of the shelters constructed with recycled materials, which is great for our planet and its inhabitants — including the cats. All the shelters were wonderful.”

“The Purrramid” from Spacesmith was a decorative as well as functional community cat shelter on display at the 2016 "Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter" exhibit. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

“The Purrramid” from Spacesmith was a decorative as well as functional community cat shelter on display at the 2016 “Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter” exhibit. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

The shelters were delivered the very next day to Certified TNR Caretakers around the city.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance, commends the architectural and design community in New York City for, “once again, investing in the city’s feline community in an important way. While we urge the public to help in the Alliance’s efforts to humanely curb the feral cat population,” she adds, “the efforts of our designers will help keep the existing cats warm during these harsh winter months.”

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New York Architects Create Innovative Shelters for Feral Cats

'The Purrramid' by Spacesmith (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

“The Purrramid” by Spacesmith (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter features imaginative feral cat shelters on display at Steelcase Showroom

Thursday, January 14, 2016 – New York, NY – A unique exhibit that combines the love of architecture with the love of animals was unveiled this afternoon at a special press preview of Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter. On display at the Steelecase Showroom were winter shelters designed, built and donated to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals by respected architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers. Specifically created for feral and stray “community cat” colonies in New York City, the exhibit will be unveiled to the public at a fundraising event this evening benefiting the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Among the architectural firms and individuals participating in this year’s exhibition are:

Following the exhibition, the shelters will be evaluated by the Alliance and installed in community cat colonies across New York City. Designed to keep outdoor cats more comfortable during the cold winter months, the shelters are also meant to serve as inspiration for others to build their own shelters if they see an animal in need.

'HV A Cat' by Biber Architects (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

“HV A Cat” by Biber Architects (Photo by Carol Zytnik)

On site this afternoon were Leslie Farrell, Founder of Architects for Animals; Mike Phillips, Coordinator of Community Outreach for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals; and various architects, designers, and feral cat experts.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, said, “I’d like to thank the architectural and design community in New York City for, once again, investing in the city’s feline community in an important way. While we urge the public to help in the Alliance’s efforts to humanely curb the feral cat population, the efforts of our designers will help keep the existing cats warm during these harsh winter months.”

Feral cats are not socialized to humans. Cats that are born outdoors and have little or no interaction with humans become feral. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative is committed to solving NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). This is how TNR works:

  • First, stray and feral cats, also called “community cats,” are humanely trapped by volunteer certified TNR caretakers who bring the cats to a free or low-cost spay/neuter clinic or veterinarian where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped.
  • The volunteers then return the cats to the original colony. The volunteers also provide ongoing care of the cats, including daily food, water, and clean-up of the area, shelter, and monitoring of the cats’ health.

This ongoing surveillance ensures that any new cats that find their way into the colony will be removed if they are tame, or TNR’d if they are feral.

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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 community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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