Our achievements since 2003 will be highlighted at the unite4:humanity event in Los Angeles on February 27, 2014, where Jane will be honored and presented with a $25,000 grant for the Alliance along with four other finalists in the areas of Arts, Health and Human Services, Youth Development, and the Environment.
Architects for Animals was founded by Leslie Farrell, Director of Client Development at Francis Cauffman Architects. Each year, architects recruited by Ms. Farrell work for months to create feline-friendly shelters that will ultimately be placed in locations throughout New York City, where trained caretakers oversee the feral cat colonies.
“Once again, the architecture community has demonstrated its enormous creativity and ingenuity,” said Jane Hoffman, president of the Alliance. “We are extremely grateful to these professionals for sharing their talents for the benefit of New York City’s community cats.”
Said Leslie Farrell: “No animals should have to live on the street, but while thousands are still out there, we want to do what we can to help. I applaud the participating architects for their imaginative creations and their generous donation of time. I hope their efforts will inspire others to join us next year.”
Among this year’s shelters, each of which can house three to four cats at a time, is Hairball, designed by M Moser Associates. The 3′ 0″-wide, 4′ 6″-high, 3′ 4″-deep shelter resembles a box-inside-a-box, with an outer shell offering protection from the elements and an inner shell providing space for sleeping. Materials familiar to cats, such as brush board, carpet, and sand paper, were used to make the structure, whose inner housing is an eye-catching bright red.
Another notable shelter is Time Machine for Kittens, created by Two One Two Design. This cube-within-a-cube featuring 16 vertices, 32 edges, 24 faces, and 8 cubes is insulated, and it has both open and closed resting areas, a scratch pad, and angled outer edges for increased visibility.
About 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
About Architects for Animals
Architects for Animals is a fundraising/awareness-raising initiative founded by Leslie Farrell. Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter is a one-night exhibition event that benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Participating architectural design firms build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide NYC’s feral and stray community cats with refuge from the season’s freezing temperatures. These shelters are on display to the public at the exhibition and afterwards are donated to Certified TNR Caretakers who work with the Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative. www.architectsforanimals.com
Courtney Savoia, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 329-1408
Note: Adoption fees are determined by each individual rescue organization.
At the Puppy Bowl Experience, visitors will get a chance to learn about the history of the Puppy Bowl during a walk-through of the Hall of Fame. They will also be able to enjoy live puppy action on the replica field featuring rescued pups from the ASPCA, and visit interactive booths, including a tailgate area with games and face painting, a “kissing booth” for a smooch from a lovable pooch, a chance to step into the press box to call a game, and much more. Internet feline sensation, Lil Bub, will hold an exclusive meet-and-greet on Wednesday, January 29, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to raise funds for special needs pets (special tickets required, limited to 100 fans).
10th Anniversary Diamond Celebration:
The Crown Jewels of Fashion and Rescue
Friday, February 7, 2014 6:00–11:00 p.m. Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Avenue (at 33rd Street), 18th Floor, Manhattan
The New York Pet Fashion Show kicks off Westminster Weekend and Fashion Week with glitz, glamour, and fabulous dogs! It’s a canine fashion extravaganza that showcases top pet clothing designers and some of New York City’s wonderful shelter dogs awaiting their forever homes.
6:00–6: 30 p.m.: Welcome Red Carpet / Step & Repeat
6:15–9:15 p.m.: Cocktails, Vendor Specials
6:30–9:00 p.m.: Complimentary Hot & Cold Food & Hors d’Oeuvres
7:00–7:45 p.m.: “Gems of Rescue” on the Runway
7:45–8:00 p.m.: New York Pet Fashion Show Awards (Part I)
8:00–8:45 p.m.: “Age of Enlightenment” Fusion of Fashion & Technology
8:45–9:00 p.m.: New York Pet Fashion Show Awards (Part II)
9:00–9:45 p.m.: “Crown Jewels of Fashion” The Royalty Costume Contest
9:45–10:15 p.m.: New York Pet Fashion Show Awards (Part III):
Crown King or Queen of the Royalty Costume Contest
Announce 2014 Pet Fashion Show Designer of the Year
Announce 2014 Pet Fashion Show Rescue Dog of the Year
Some of New York’s most creative architectural designers have designed and built an array of imaginative winter shelters for New York City’s outdoor “community” cats to provide them with a refuge from the cold. This year we will present a new collection of unique, inspired Architects for Animals winter shelters for public viewing before they are donated to certified community cat caretakers and placed in locations throughout the city.
Architects for Animals founder Leslie Farrell, who works within the NYC architectural community, created the Giving Shelter event four years ago to raise awareness about the estimated half-million cats who live in backyards, vacant lots, alleys, and numerous other outdoor locations throughout the city. For these community cats, wintertime is especially difficult. Many of these cats are cared for by dedicated caretakers who feed them daily, monitor their health, and go to great lengths to have them spayed or neutered through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR has proved to be the only truly humane and effective way to manage feral cat colonies and reduce their numbers over time.
Admission is a $25 donation ($10 for Certified TNR Caretakers) and includes the exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. A raffle also will be featured this year. You may RSVP and purchase tickets in advance online through January 29, and a limited number of tickets also will be available at the door.