Become a Certified Caretaker for Stray & Feral Cats in Queens

(Photo by Maggie O'Neill)

(Photo by Maggie O’Neill)

Free Workshop Provides TNR Certification

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Queens, NY – On Saturday, March 7, and Saturday, April 4, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Queens residents (18 years and older) are invited to attend a free TNR certification workshop where they will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community cats in the neighborhood and in any part of New York City. Through live demonstrations and informative video presentations, participants will learn about feral cats, how to distinguish feral cats from stray cats, their history and behavior; the steps of humane trapping; and how to care for feral cat colonies. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will become Certified TNR Caretakers and will be eligible for support and resources to help them maintain their community cat colonies, while immediately improving the lives of the cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most effective and humane approach to managing feral cat colonies and reducing the number of cats over time. During TNR, cats are humanely trapped by trained volunteer caregivers. They then are brought to veterinary clinics, where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, marked with an “eartip” to identify the cat as sterilized and vaccinated, and then returned to the exact location where they were trapped. TNR greatly reduces nuisance behaviors while maintaining the benefit of natural rodent control that the community cats provide. It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of community cats throughout the five boroughs.

The workshop is designed by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the ASPCA, and Alley Cat Allies, and hosted by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, CSM Stray Foundation, and SaveKitty Foundation.

Advance registration is required.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Queens Library – Far Rockaway Branch, 1637 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway
RSVP Online: bit.ly/TNR150307
Saturday, April 4, 2015
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Queens Library – Steinway Branch, 21-45 31st Street, Astoria
RSVP Online: bit.ly/TNR150404

   

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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

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“New York Live Pet Project” Celebrates Five Years on NBC New York

   

New York Live Pet Project1,000 Shelter Dogs Adopted During the Past Five Years of Pet Adoption Weekly Segment

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – New York, NY – NBC 4 New York’s daily lifestyle show, New York Live, is proud to celebrate its fifth year of the beloved New York Live Pet Project. The weekly Thursday segment is responsible for the adoption of 1,000 shelter dogs since its 2010 launch in partnership with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

New York Live’s anniversary of the New York Live Pet Project will air February 19th at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC 4 New York.

The New York Live’s Pet Project anniversary show will be entirely dedicated to animal adoption, and will celebrate the success of the New York Live Pet Project with longtime supporter, the SPCA of Westchester. In addition to celebrating the segment’s fifth anniversary, New York Live anchor Ben Aaron will celebrate the birthday of his dog and animal advocate Jill Rappaport — host of the upcoming adoption special, Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport — will lend her support as a live guest.

New York Live is proud to support the adoption of so many worthy animals from shelters across the tri-state area,” said Nick Veneziale, Executive Producer of New York Live.

New York Live continues to work with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to promote a “No-Kill” policy in New York City, in which no shelter animals of reasonable health and temperament be euthanized.

Every week, the New York Live Pet Project showcases both pure and mixed breeds. The audience is presented with each dog’s name, age, breed, personality, history, and “quirky” facts. The shelter’s contact information is clearly posted so that viewers can inquire about adopting the featured pets who have warmed their hearts. In addition to tips on caring for animals and information about shelters and events in the tri-state area, viewers are informed of previously featured dogs that have been placed in “forever homes.”

The New York Live Pet Project’s five-year anniversary show will feature highlights from the segment’s best moments and follow a New York Live viewer through the process of adopting at Bideawee Animal Rescue.

The New York Live Pet Project has encouraged viewers to adopt and given new pet owners the chance to experience how amazing these animals can be.

Follow New York Live on Twitter @newyorklivetv and your co-hosts Sara Gore @sara_gore and Jacque Reid @jacquereid.


NBC 4 New YorkAbout NBC 4 New York
NBC 4 New York is one of the NBC Owned Television Stations. In addition to NBC 4’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms including TV screens in taxi cabs and N.J. PATH trains. NBC 4 New York’s award-winning broadcasts feature news, lifestyle, weather and sports programming. For more information, visit www.nbcnewyork.com.

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Dawn Rowan, NBC 4 New York
Phone: (212) 664-5247
E-mail: dawn.rowan@nbcuni.com

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Children’s Books Inspire Humane Treatment of Animals

Brenda, aka "Grannie" Snow, a human resources director, always wanted to write. Her own experiences with cats inspired her to create the Silas Series of children's books. She has been delighted by the reception the first two books in the series have received from children and adults alike. Brenda, who lives in Vermont, holds events in local bookstores and animal shelters where she reads from her books. Her hope is that the series will inspire other people to adopt companion animals of their own.

Brenda, aka “Grannie” Snow, a human resources director, always wanted to write. Her own experiences with cats inspired her to create the Silas Series of children’s books. She has been delighted by the reception the first two books in the series have received from children and adults alike. Brenda, who lives in Vermont, holds events in local bookstores and animal shelters where she reads from her books. Her hope is that the series will inspire other people to adopt companion animals of their own.

You can never start respecting and caring about companion animals too young! Here are some recently published books for preschoolers and elementary school age children that feature shelter animals or feral and stray community cats.

The Silas Series: The Adventures of Silas and Opal
by Grannie Snow
This series of picture books, written in verse, details the adventures of a shelter cat named Silas who gets adopted and winds up sharing his home with a “sweet smelling lady.” Later, Miss Opal, a lovely little kitty joins their family. Key aspects of having a companion animal are woven into the stories, including loving and losing a pet and then discovering the joys and comfort of letting new pets into your home and heart. Learn more about this book series.

The Cats On My Block
by Valerie Sicignano
This picture book, written by Valerie Sicignano, Community Outreach Director of the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, introduces young children to the world of outdoor cats. Through the course of the story kids will learn about how these cats live and why we should care for them. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Humane Society of New York’s feral cat program. Learn more about this book.

American Humane Association Hero Dog Award Ready-to-Read Series
by Thea Feldman
Written by Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals writer and editor, Thea Feldman, each book in this series created for children learning to read on their own features another recipient of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Kids can learn about a dog who sniffs out fires, a dog who sniffed out bombs in Iraq, and a dog who provides comfort for people in need. Learn more about this book series.

ASPCA Kids: Pet Rescue Club Series
by Catherine Hapka
Kids can read these 128-page illustrated novels and learn about the real-life pet who inspired each adventure of the Pet Rescue Club. Learn more about this book series.

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Meet the NYC Feral Cat Initiative Team: Valerie Sicignano

   

The Cats On My Block by Valerie SicignanoIn 2005, Valerie Sicignano, an animal welfare veteran, began her work with the program that became the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

In the ten years since, as NYCFCI’s Community Outreach Director, Valerie has spearheaded key NYCFCI initiatives, including implementing a free specialty training workshop series for feral cat caretakers that covers a range of topics, including bottle-feeding orphaned kittens. She was also instrumental in harnessing the NYCFCI’s resources to provide assistance to local TNR caretakers and their colonies affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

“I’m especially proud of and grateful to our volunteers for the incredible work they did during Super Storm Sandy,” recalls Valerie, who orchestrated a broad range of relief efforts — from pre-storm relocation of vulnerable elderly, pregnant, sick, and young cats to safety, through the long months of recovery when volunteers delivered food, blankets, cat shelters, self-feeders, and other supplies to devastated areas in NYC, Long Island, and New Jersey.

These days Valerie is focusing on assisting Certified TNR Caretakers in navigating and obtaining the free and low-cost services that are available to them in New York City. She also matches trained volunteers with feral cat caregivers who need hands-on assistance with TNR.

Valerie holds a certificate in Humane Education from the ASPCA and is the recipient of numerous awards from the animal welfare community, including In Defense of Animals.

In 2014, Valerie published her first children’s book, The Cats On My Block, with The Humane Society of New York (HSNY), with 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the book going to fund HSNY’s feral cat program. The Cats On My Block is available for purchase on Amazon.com: http://bit.ly/CatsBlock.

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Thank You, Alley Cat Allies, for 25 Years of AdvoCATcy!

Kathleen O'Malley, Becky Robinson, and Mike Phillips present the first 'Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop' at the ASPCA Midtown Offices on July 20, 2014. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Kathleen O’Malley, Becky Robinson, and Mike Phillips present the first ‘Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop’ at the ASPCA Midtown Offices on July 20, 2014. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Congratulations and thanks to Becky Robinson and Alley Cat Allies for 25 amazing years of advocating for feral and stray community cats! Your excellent educational and outreach efforts have been key in bringing the facts about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and community cats into the public spotlight. Your hands-on work with colonies such as the Boardwalk Cats of Atlantic City serve as models of how community cats can thrive in their environments. You’ve improved the lives of untold thousands of community cats both directly and indirectly. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is proud to be a partner of Alley Cat Allies, together with the ASPCA, to design the new TNR certification workshop program launched in 2014. Concerned people now have more options than ever for learning how to care for community cats. May the next 25 years bring even greater awareness and compassion for community cats among the general public, and many more model colonies.

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