Alliance and Brooklyn Cyclones Host 8th Annual “Bark in the Park”

(Photo by Roseanne Caleca, Foster Dogs NYC)

(Photo by Roseanne Caleca, Foster Dogs NYC)

An Afternoon of Baseball, Pet Adoptions, a “Parade of Pooches,” and Family Fun

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – New York, NY – On Sunday, August 2, starting at 11:30 a.m., the Brooklyn Cyclones’ home stadium, Municipal Credit Union Park, will once again be filled with wagging tails, floppy ears, slobbering grins, and the sound of happy barking as the Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance) teams up with the Cyclones for the eighth annual Bark in the Park. This annual event brings New Yorkers and their canine companions to the ball game to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption as they cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones, who will battle the Batavia Muckdogs. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.

A portion of the game’s ticket sales will be donated to the Alliance, a private 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 homeless animals in the five boroughs.

On site there will be a mini pet adoption fair presented by Sean Casey Animal Rescue; free photo ops for pets and their people; free personalized pet tag giveaways; dog licensing by NYC Department of Health; and an emergency preparedness clinic, presented by New York City Emergency Management / Ready New York, where owners can get important information on steps they should take to protect their pets in emergencies.

(Photo by Roseanne Caleca, Foster Dogs NYC)

(Photo by Roseanne Caleca, Foster Dogs NYC)

Prior to the first pitch, dogs and their owners are invited to take the field to strut their stuff in a “parade of pooches.” The Cyclones will provide water for the dogs in the bleacher seats. Frisbee-chasing canines from Pawstars with Erich Steffensen will provide on-field entertainment between innings. All dog-owners attending the game will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with the chance to win two tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

“Every year, Bark in the Park offers New Yorkers the unique opportunity to enjoy a ball game with the entire family — including the four-legged members,” said Alliance President Jane Hoffman. “The Alliance is grateful to the Brooklyn Cyclones for their continued generosity, and to everyone who joins us in celebrating pets as a part of the family. The money raised today will help us raise awareness about New York City’s homeless animals and the Alliance’s efforts to find homes for them.”

(Photo by Carol Zytnik)

(Photo by Carol Zytnik)

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the Alliance for NYC’s Animals and use this Bark in the Park Day to remind New Yorkers that they can help animals in need by adopting from a shelter or rescue group,” added Gary Perone of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tickets are $10 for one person and up to two dogs for seating in the bleacher section. To purchase tickets in advance, call (718) 382-2604. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at the Cyclones’ box office.

To learn more about the Alliance and ways you can help New York City’s homeless animals, visit www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

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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

Media Contact

Blaine Bilal, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 329-1403
E-mail: bbilal@lakpr.com

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The Algonquin Hotel Announces Matilda’s Annual Celebration Party on 8/5

   

Matilda's Annual CelebrationHotel’s Legendary Feline is Celebrated and NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad is Honored at Hotel’s Annual Event

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – New York, NY – Every year The Algonquin Hotel honors its most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat, with a celebration. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, August 5, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the hotel’s iconic lobby, 59 West 44th Street, New York, NY. The Algonquin will honor members of NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the event will feature a cat fashion show by Ada Nieves: A Feline Salute to NYC’s First Responders. Ada Nieves is a certified animal fashion designer by the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York City. She will stage the show in the hotel’s Oak Room and the fashions will feature costumes inspired by the city’s Police and Fire Departments.

Guests attending will be required to make a $30 donation for entrance. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. The Alliance will have an on-site mobile adoption unit parked in front of the hotel from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The $30 donation allows all guests access to the fashion show and includes a reception with special hors d’oeuvres. Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products. The grand prize is a custom-designed cat tree house, created by Pet Tree Houses. (It’s truly the cat’s meow.)

Reservations to the event are required as space is limited. Please contact Alice De Almeida at (212) 419-9197 or alice.dealmeida@marriott.com. Note (July 23, 2015): This event is now sold out!


The Algonquin HotelAbout The Algonquin Cat
For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920s. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930s and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore’s greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December 2010.

Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She can also be reached via e-mail: matildaalgonquincat@algonquinhotel.com.

Media Contact

Nicholas Sciammarella
Phone: (212) 419-9331
E-mail: nicholas.sciammarella@marriott.com

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Young New Yorkers Love the Littlest New Yorkers

Shortly after her visit to the preschool class with class with NYFCI Director of TNR Education, Kathleen O'Malley, Coyote the kitten was adopted.

Shortly after her visit to the preschool class with class with NYFCI Director of TNR Education, Kathleen O’Malley, Coyote the kitten was adopted.

This past spring, Kathleen O’Malley, the Director of Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR) Education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, was invited to visit a preschool class at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood that was in the process of learning about cats. A then-seven-week-old, adoptable kitten named Coyote accompanied Kathleen to participate in her talk to 17 engaged four-year-olds.

“For this age group I focus on the adoptable-kitten rescue part of TNR,” says Kathleen. So, she told the class, “Coyote was lost in someone’s back yard in Brooklyn. She didn’t know where her mother was and she was hungry. My friends at the Animal Haven shelter rescued her. They will get her adopted to a nice family.”

As the class gathered around Kathleen and Coyote in Room 212, they eagerly shared what their teacher, Ms. Acosta, had just taught them about cats. They talked about how a cat uses its tail to balance, what whiskers are for, and more. Kathleen recalls these young students even knew that a cat doctor is called a veterinarian and says that one “brave little girl pronounced the word perfectly.” The class also presented Coyote with a bag of cheesy cat treats they had baked especially for her, and she thanked them by nibbling on one.
Some of the new little cat lovers included drawings with their thank-you notes to Kathleen and Coyote for visiting their preschool class.
Kathleen enjoys when young children share their own experiences, learning, and enthusiasm for cats and kittens with her, just as much as she loves an opportunity to address kids. “It’s enriching and enlightening for everyone concerned,” she says, “even for the kitten, who got her first exposure to little kids. I told the class that some kittens are shy around children, but thanks to them we now know that Coyote is ‘kid-friendly’ and that is good information for Animal Haven to share with potential adopters.”

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Protect Your Pets from Fourth of July Fireworks & Sizzling Summer Temperatures

   

PetCarePhoto-SummerHazards2015-01-LargeTuesday, June 30, 2015 – New York, NY – With the Fourth of July right around the corner, and the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a hotter and drier summer than usual, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals advises pet owners to take precautions to keep their furry friends safe from summertime hazards — including Fourth of July fireworks.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, said, “It is important for pet owners to plan ahead for the holiday firework season. While exciting to us, fireworks can be very scary to pets. Following these simple tips will mean a happier Fourth of July for everyone.”

  • Take your dog for a walk before the fireworks get underway. A good long walk or exercise can tire the dog out and help keep her calm when the explosions begin.
  • Keep pets indoors when fireworks are underway. Close the windows and curtains and, if you can, run the air conditioner or the television to cut down on the noise and excessive flashes of light. Darkness can be calming to pets in these situations.
  • Fireworks are scary for pets. Try not to leave your pets home alone. Be there to comfort them. Create a comforting place of escape for them — perhaps a box, a crate, or a comfy place to curl up.
  • If you decide to go to an outdoor fireworks display, do not, under any circumstances, bring pets. At the very least it will frighten them and there is a great risk that they will escape from you and become lost. And no matter what time of year, make sure your dogs and cats are microchipped, and that each microchip is registered with the microchip company. Also be sure to license your dog (required by law in NYC), and provide proper ID tags.

If your pet becomes lost, immediately file a Lost Pet Report with Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), go to your nearest ACC to look for your pet, and search ACC’s Found Pet Database. For more information about what to do if you lose or find a pet, visit our Pet Lost & Found Resources page.

Hoffman cautioned that there are other summer hazards to be prepared for. She added, “Dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable to high heat. Following a few simple tips and taking some precautions will keep your pet safe, healthy, happy, and comfortable.”

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car, even for a “minute.” Even with a window cracked open, a parked car can heat up dramatically and pose immediate danger to an animal. If you see a pet in a parked car, immediately seek out a police officer or call 911 for help.
  • Don’t take your dogs out during the hottest time of the day. This will help protect them from overheating and sunburn. Yes! Your dog can get sunburn. Also, remember that asphalt, blacktop, and concrete get HOT! Make sure to pick up the little ones (25 pounds and under) who are close to the ground. The radiating heat can contribute to your dog overheating — and burn their paws. Consider buying protective booties.
  • If you take your dog for a walk in hot, humid conditions, wet his or her coat thoroughly — including the paws and outside of the ears — before you leave home. Bring water!
  • Limit your dog’s exercise. A dog’s temperature can soar to 106 degrees in a flash. If your dog begins to exhibit signs of distress — heavy panting, difficulty breathing, bright red tongue, vomiting, and/or unsteadiness — get him or her to a cool place and call your veterinarian.
  • Make sure your cats and dogs always have access to clean, fresh water.
  • Check that your window screens are secure to protect your pets, especially cats, from falling out.

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

Media Contacts

Blaine Bilal, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 329-1403
E-mail: bbilal@lakpr.com

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Adoption Events: From Stray to Happy Home

   

Zoey

Katie and Zoey were introduced by Alliance staff members, Debbie and Barbra, on the Alliance's pet adoption van at Maddie's Pet Adoption Days in June 2014. (Photo by Krista Menzel)

Katie and Zoey were introduced by Alliance staff members, Debbie and Barbra, on the Alliance’s pet adoption van at Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in June 2014. (Photo by Krista Menzel)

Zoey is celebrating her one-year adoption anniversary this month. Thanks to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and our mega-adoption events in NYC, she is loving her new life (and new haircut!) with her adopter Katie in sunny Florida. “I couldn’t be happier to have Zoey as my best friend and partner over the past year,” wrote Katie.

Zoey was pulled from the Animal Care Centers of NYC after being found as a stray on Staten Island. Zoey and Katie met aboard the Alliance’s adoption van at Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in June 2014, and after one year together Katie says, “Thank you for giving me the best dog ever!”

Our adoption events have found homes for thousands of animals who otherwise may not have met their match. Together we can build on this incredible success and connect hundreds more animals with adopters in 2015. Share the love that your pets bring you by giving other pets and potential adopters the chance to fall in love at first sight!

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