8/5 Adoptapalooza Featured Homeless Pets for Adoption in Brooklyn

(Photo by Joe Galka)

(Photo by Joe Galka)

More than 150 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were seeking new homes at this Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals mega pet adoption event.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 – New York, NY – More than 150 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from more than 15 local animal shelters and rescue groups gathered in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, on the roadway entering the park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle at Prospect Park West and 15th Street, on Saturday afternoon, August 5, between noon and 5:00 p.m., waiting to find their new forever homes. The event — Adoptapalooza, NYC’s original mega pet adoption event — was presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with the Petco Foundation.

The Alliance is 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 NYC’s homeless animals. Since 2003, when the Alliance was founded, the dedicated efforts of these groups, including Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), have saved the lives of more than 300,000 cats and dogs.

“Our Adoptapalooza mega pet adoption events give New Yorkers a valuable opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful animals in one place, in a venue that’s ideal for bringing the entire family,” said Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance. “This is especially important because adopting an animal companion is a family decision. I’d like to thank the Petco Foundation, sponsors, volunteers — and especially all the wonderful people who come out and adopt — for doing their part to provide these animals new and loving homes.”

(Photo by Dana Edelson)

(Photo by Dana Edelson)

Hoffman 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:

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

(Photo by Joe Galka)

(Photo by Joe Galka)

Adoptapalooza offered fun for the whole family, including face painting and temporary tattoos for children by The Cheeky Chipmunk, and free photos of pets with their owners. Also featured were dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health; free microchips for dogs and cats by Vetco; free pet ID tags from the Alliance; and emergency preparedness information from Ready New York/NYC Emergency Management. Dog owners had the opportunity to let their dogs try out a Dog Parker smart dog house.

The Petco Foundation was the premiere sponsor of this afternoon event. Other sponsors included Petco, Unleashed by Petco, and Dog Parker.

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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. The Alliance is supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no government funding. Since its founding in 2003, the Alliance has 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. AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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Steve Gruber, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Phone: (917) 359-6003
E-mail: steve@AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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Cats Take to the Catwalk at Algonquin Hotel Cat Fashion Show & Fundraiser on August 3rd

   

Annual Event Celebrating Resident Cat, Matilda III, Aims to Raise $10,000 for Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – New York, NY – It’s not quite New York Fashion Week, but eight felines will be strutting their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves in celebration of The Algonquin Hotel’s most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat.

Matilda's Annual Celeration & Cat Fashion Show - August 3, 2017

Matilda’s Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 3, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is a tribute to Tony award-winning musicals, and highlights will include:

  • Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
  • Cat fashion show
  • Special performance from Cats, the musical
  • Silent auction featuring a variety of items, including Pet Tree Houses, Sleepypod, one-year supply of Merrick cat food, and a pair of tickets to Cats, featuring a backstage meet-and-greet
  • Special gift for all guests from Cat Sushi
  • On-site mobile adoption unit with cats and kittens available for adoption from Linda’s Cat Assistance in front of the hotel that day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person, which includes the reception and cat fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Visit the Alliance website for additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on silent auction items.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

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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.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. algonquinhotel.com

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Jane Coloccia, JC Communications, LLC
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E-mail: Jane@JCCommunicationsllc.com

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A Community Cat Meetup Group Can Be the Cat’s Meow

A new Manhattan community cat Meetup group is giving NYC cat lovers the opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals around feral and stray cats, TNR, and other cat interests. (Photo by Megan Wisdom)

A new Manhattan community cat Meetup group is giving NYC cat lovers the opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals around feral and stray cats, TNR, and other cat interests. (Photo by Megan Wisdom)

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, has a confidential database of Certified Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Caretakers who are located throughout the city. When a Certified TNR Caretaker has a need, such as for a larger post-surgical holding space or extra traps, they can reach out to the NYCFCI. In turn, the NYCFCI will reach out to Certified TNR Caretakers in the database who may be able to help, and, with the permission of those caretakers, share their information with the caretaker in need. Everyone who completes the NYCFCI’s TNR certification workshop and the post-workshop TNR Networking Survey can participate, as they so choose, in this sharing of information and resources.

According to Kathleen O’Malley, Director of TNR Education for the NYCFCI, the survey has proven to be a successful way for Certified TNR Caretakers to help one another and also to feel connected to like-minded individuals. But, she acknowledges, for some caretakers, there is the need to actually get together “with the relatively few humans in your area who have the same interests.” For those individuals, she suggests they consider either joining or starting a community cat Meetup group. “This can be a great way to find a core group of people interested in the same things you are,” she says, adding that the actual Meetups can be about cats or about anything else the group decides. “A Meetup group is designed to be pressure-free and social,” she says.

In response to this perceived need, last year, Mike Phillips and Megan Wisdom, both of the NYCFCI, started the Manhattan Feral Cat TNR, Caretakers and Rescue Groups Meetup. To launch the group, which is not directly affiliated with the NYCFCI and which, as its name implies, is open to people who may not be Certified TNR Caretakers, Megan, who administers the group, spread the word among local rescue groups. The group’s first get-together was announced in the NYCFCI’s TNR Caretaker Update newsletter.

“Megan stepped up to investigate what it took to get a community cat Meetup group up and running so cat people could connect socially,” explains Mike. “She agreed to be the necessary administrator and found events of interest to cat people, like Kedi, the Istanbul cat movie, and places to meet up for a drink and conversation. She also generously donated the $90 hosting fee for the first year.”

“The Meetup is not about recruiting for help,” Megan stresses. “It is about getting together socially.” The group, which currently has 73 members from various boroughs, has met five times, and has gone to restaurants, bars, and movies together. During these evenings, discussions often turned to cats, which was, after all, what brought everyone together in the first place. Megan hopes that some members might have even been encouraged to take the NYCFCI’s TNR certification workshop after meeting and speaking with some of the Meetup’s Certified TNR Caretakers.

Clearly, being part of a cat Meetup can have numerous benefits, not the least of which is, according to Megan, “If you show up with cat hair on your butt no one is going to make fun of you.”

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“Smokey from the Block” Coloring Book Combines Cats, Creativity & Compassion

Written by Laura King and illustrated by Thomas Draplin, Smokey from the Block gives cat lovers the chance to express their creativity while learning about community cats and TNR.

Written by Laura King and illustrated by Thomas Draplin, Smokey from the Block gives cat lovers the chance to express their creativity while learning about community cats and TNR.

Creative cat lovers won’t be able to wait to grab their favorite crayons, colored pencils, or markers and sit down with Smokey from the Block, a unique new coloring book based upon a true and happy animal rescue story. Relax and express your creativity by adding color and your own pizazz to the illustrated saga of Smokey, New York City’s coolest cat-about-town!

Roamin’ Smokey, a New York City tomcat with grey good looks and curb appeal, is always on the lookout for love, trouble, and a nosh. He finds all three and more when he encounters his fine-lined lady friend, Mamacita, his fiercest rival, Daddy-o Buck, and a feral cat caretaker named Chiara.

Written by Laura King, Smokey’s saga unfolds over 27 sequential pages, eloquently illustrated by Thomas Draplin to draw colorist-readers into the everyday lives, relationships, and perils of urban cats living in a managed Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colony. The adult cats are trapped, spayed/neutered, and returned to their colony by Chi to put a cap on kittens and unneighborly behaviors. Mamacita, Smokey, and Daddy-o all settle down without mating on their minds, but still defend their home against marauders. Smokey’s epic adventure begins when the injured cat escapes from a carrier into greater danger in Midtown Manhattan. He eludes rescuers for days, encounters loose dogs, and is ultimately rescued by a heroic stranger. The story ends happily with Smokey’s adaptation to life as an indoor cat, just a block away from his former managed TNR colony.

Smokey (Photo by Laura King)

Smokey (Photo by Laura King)

Each illustration within Smokey from the Block features the infamous tomcat surrounded by the architecture, fashion, humanity, and humor that combine to make New York the world’s most vibrant and exciting metropolis. While coloring its streets, you’ll discover its charm, plus learn more about what you already know and love — cats! Community cats, whether feral or stray, are fascinating creatures that can enrich their neighborhoods and thrive with the help of caring people and humane, progressive management programs. We hope that the coloring journey you take with Smokey will not just fulfill you artistically, but also touch your heart!

The drawings are supplemented by a Welcome page, a Narrative, and an Epilogue that encourages interested readers to become caretakers for community cats, and directs them to animal welfare websites to learn more.

A portion of the net profits from sales of this coloring book will benefit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and a medical fund for NYC’s stray and feral kitties.

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Smokey from the Block - Laura King and Thomas Draplin

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Adoptapalooza Introduces Adopters to Hundreds of Homeless NYC Pets

300 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits met their loving new families at Adoptapalooza in Union Square on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

300 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits met their loving new families at Adoptapalooza in Union Square on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

Hundreds of homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits find new homes at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ mega pet adoption event in Union Square

Petco Foundation donates $200,000 to support life-saving Alliance programs

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – New York, NY – More than 300 homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits found their forever homes on Sunday afternoon at Adoptapalooza, New York City’s original mega pet adoption event, taking place in the North Plaza of Union Square Park in Manhattan.

Hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), and presented in partnership with the Petco Foundation, this event offered fun for the whole family while shining a spotlight on the critical importance of animal adoption.

Potential adopters had the opportunity to meet pets from more than 30 animal shelters and rescue groups in one place at Adoptapalooza in Union Square on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Rick Edwards)

Potential adopters had the opportunity to meet pets from more than 30 animal shelters and rescue groups in one place at Adoptapalooza in Union Square on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Rick Edwards)

The pets looking for new families at Adoptapalooza — all spayed/neutered and vaccinated — were presented for adoption by dozens of Alliance Participating Organizations including local shelters and rescue groups.

Since it was founded in 2003, the Alliance has worked to save the lives of New York City’s homeless pets. Over the past 14 years, this coalition, which synergizes the efforts of approximately 150 participating animal shelters and rescue groups, has saved more than 300,000 animals.

Prior to 2003, only 25% of animals who entered Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) left alive. Today, thanks to the Alliance’s programming and the resources it provides in tandem with the lifesaving efforts of its participating organizations, the City of New York now boasts a 90% community-wide live release rate.

Jane Hoffman, Alliance President, said, “Adoptapalooza gives us a chance to showcase our wonderful four-legged neighbors who are in dire need of a loving forever home. It’s so important for the whole family to be involved in bringing a special pet into the home and today, Adoptapalooza gives them that chance!

Adoptapalooza co-sponsor, the Petco Foundation, presented the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals with a check for $200,000 to support our life-saving animal rescue initiatives in New York City this year. (Photo by Rick Edwards)

Adoptapalooza co-sponsor, the Petco Foundation, presented the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with a check for $200,000 to support our life-saving animal rescue initiatives in New York City this year. (Photo by Rick Edwards)

“Just as important, events like Adoptapalooza are critical to our efforts to raise public awareness about the plight of homeless animals in New York City and our efforts to maintain our 90% community-wide live release rate,” Hoffman added.

Adoptapalooza co-sponsor, the Petco Foundation, presented the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with a check for $200,000 to support our life-saving animal rescue initiatives in New York City this year. (Photo by Rick Edwards)[/caption]The Petco Foundation, a strong Alliance ally, presented a check for $200,000 to Hoffman to support life-saving Alliance programs like Wheels of Hope, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, and mega pet adoption events like Adoptapalooza.

In accepting the check Hoffman said, “I’d like to thank the Petco Foundation for their long-time and generous support. The work we do at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals would not be possible without Petco’s commitment to our mission. I am also deeply grateful to all our sponsors, our partner organizations, our volunteers, and everyone who made a special four-legged addition to their family today.”

In addition to pet adoptions, Adoptapalooza featured: tricks and training tips from a certified Petco trainer on the dog training field; face painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids; dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health; free (for the first 50) and low-cost ($15) microchips for dogs and cats by Vetco; emergency preparedness information from Ready New York/NYC Emergency Management; free pet photos and pet ID tags; and giveaways from event sponsors.

Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that distributes donated supplies to shelters and rescue groups, collected clean blankets, towels, and pet toys for shelter animals.

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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. The Alliance is supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no government funding. Since its founding in 2003, the Alliance has 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. AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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Colleen Roche, LAK Public Relations
Phone: (212) 329-1413
E-mail: croche@lakpr.com

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