NY Cat Film Festival Debuts & NY Dog Film Festival Returns!

   

NY Dog and Cat Film FestivalsFirst-ever NY Cat Film Festival will be presented on December 9, followed by 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival on December 10.

Both the popular NY Dog Film Festival and brand new NY Cat Film Festival grew out of pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner’s desire to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues, and philosophical aspects of the pets in our lives.

Presented at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on December 9 and 10, these two exciting film festivals offer something for every cat and dog lover through a series of artfully curated films featuring dogs, cats, and the humans who love them. Some of the filmmakers are from New York, and some of the films take place in New York City.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is pleased to be the beneficiary of this year’s festivals. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alliance to support our lifesaving programs.


1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival
Saturday, December 9, 2017
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Debuting this year, the NY Cat Film Festival is the first carefully curated collection of films that celebrate our enchantment with cats. Exploring the fascinating felines who share our lives, this festival creates a shared audience experience that inspires, educates, and entertains. The featured films will enhance our appreciation and understanding of how cats share our world, while saluting those who work and volunteer on their behalf. All films are appropriate for everyone in the family.

3:00 p.m. Program 1: “Nobody Owns a Cat” (68 minutes)
4:30 p.m. Program 2: “Little Works of Art” (66 minutes)

The two programs are completely different — each a medley of films celebrating the love between cat and their people. To have the full NY Cat Film Festival experience, you’ll want to see both programs.

Tickets are $15.00 per program. A portion of every ticket benefits the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. To purchase tickets or to view film details, visit CatFilmFestival.com.

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3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival
Sunday, December 10, 2017
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

The NY Dog Film Festival debuts each year in New York City and then travels the country. Now in its third year, the NY Dog Film Festival will again bring together local dog aficionados to share a communal experience of enjoying short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs. All films are appropriate for everyone in the family.

2:45 p.m. Program 1: “Every Dog Has His Day” (89 minutes)
4:45 p.m. Program 2: “Love Makes the World Go Round” (92 minutes)

The two programs are completely different — each a medley of films celebrating the love between dogs and their people. To have the full NY Dog Film Festival experience, you’ll want to see both programs.

Tickets are $15.00 per program. A portion of every ticket benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. To purchase tickets or to view film details, visit DogFilmFestival.com.

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Adoptapalooza Union Square Showcases Pets from NYC Area, Florida, Texas

More than 400 cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, September 17, 2017. (Photo by Joe Galka)

More than 400 cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, September 17, 2017. (Photo by Joe Galka)

More than 400 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza, NYC’s original mega pet adoption event, hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – New York, NY – Animals relocated to NYC from Florida and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were among the more than 400 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits — all available for adoption — waiting to meet their forever families this afternoon at Adoptapalooza, NYC’s original mega pet adoption event, held 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! Adoption fees varied by rescue organization.

Displaced in Florida by Hurricane Irma, Mia, Dingus, and Pinky were available for adoption through Animal Haven at Adoptapalooza. (Photos by Animal Haven)

Displaced in Florida by Hurricane Irma, Mia, Dingus, and Pinky were available for adoption through Animal Haven at Adoptapalooza. (Photos by Animal Haven)

The great pets looking for new families at Adoptapalooza — all spayed/neutered and vaccinated — were presented for adoption by more than thirty local shelters and rescue groups that participate in the Alliance. The animals from Florida and Texas were relocated to NYC from Florida and Texas shelters to make space available there for pets displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Among the Florida animals available for adoption from Animal Haven at Adoptapalooza were:

  • Mia, a 12-year-old female Chihuahua/Terrier Mix and a very sweet “Golden Girl.”
  • Pinky, a 2-year-old female Terrier Mix whose ears are the biggest thing on her!
  • Dingus, a 1½-year-old male Bull Terrier Mix who is happy, silly, and an all-around wonderful boy.

Alliance President Jane 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 great 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; and adoption fees generally are considerably lower than fees charged by pet stores and breeders.

Hoffman, who was on hand for the event, said, “Adoptapalooza is a wonderful opportunity for New Yorkers to meet hundreds of animals and find the perfect fit for themselves and their families. And by choosing adoption, you’re able to consult with individuals who have spent time with and know the animals to help best make that fit. I’d like to thank the Petco Foundation, all of today’s sponsors, our army of volunteers and participating rescue organizations — and, of course, our wonderful new adopters — for helping these deserving animals find loving forever homes.”

In addition to pet adoptions, Adoptapalooza featured: great music; face painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids by The Cheeky Chipmunk; caricature portraits by Lorelei Arts; tricks and training tips from a certified Petco trainer on the Merrick Dog Training Field; dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health; microchipping for dogs and cats by Vetco; emergency preparedness information from New York City Emergency Management/Ready New York and the American Red Cross Greater New York Region; free pet photos by the Alliance and free personalized pet ID tags courtesy of the Alliance; 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 to distribute to NYC-area shelters and also Gulf region shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The event was emceed by Stephanie Mattera, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Spokesperson, and Sean-Patrick M. Hillman, Chairman, President & Co-Founder of Rock & Rawhide.

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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

Media Contact

Kim Esp, LAK Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: (212) 575-4545
E-mail: kesp@lakpr.com

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Wheels of Hope Are Rolling to Help Hurricane Harvey & Irma Pets

   

Update: Friday, September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, with expected landfall this weekend, accompanied by widespread devastation to the state, thousands of residents have evacuated the area, as thousands more are currently en route to safer ground. Simultaneously, local and national rescue organizations are hard at work evacuating animals from shelters throughout the region to get them to safety before this monstrous hurricane makes its deadly landfall.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is working with our rescue partners to provide safe transport for Florida’s shelter evacuees, just as we have been working over the past week to help Texas’s animal refugees find their way to safe havens in the Northeast. Collaborating with groups orchestrating rescue runs from Texas and Florida is a major endeavor for us, but we gladly accept the challenge and look forward to assisting the dedicated and courageous organizations and individuals who share our mission to save lives.

Please continue to use disaster@AnimalAllianceNYC.org for all transport and information requests, whether for Hurricane Irma or Harvey.

Save a Life. Donate Now.

   

   

(Photo by GL Stock Images)Even before images began to roll in of pet owners wading through chest-deep water with their beloved pets tucked under their arms seeking safety from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding region, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals assessed its resources and began to strategize a plan to assist in the tremendous unfolding efforts to save lives in the storm’s aftermath.

While geographically far removed from the torrential rains and rising floodwaters in the Gulf region, many New Yorkers — and particularly New York City area animal shelters and rescue groups — immediately felt the need to move into action to assist our neighbors to the south. Some Alliance partner organizations, including large, national organizations such as the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and others that are equipped to respond to large scale national disasters have teams currently on the ground in Texas. Others have made room in their shelters and foster networks to accommodate shelter animals being transported out of the hurricane region to make space for the many displaced pets who will need accommodation in the area.

The Alliance — the umbrella organization for animal rescue in New York City, whose mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in New York City shelters — is not a shelter, and its mission does not encompass national disaster relief. As a small nonprofit with a team of nine employees, we do not have the staffing, resources, or funds required to respond to national disasters.

(Photo by Krista Menzel)

(Photo by Krista Menzel)

“Our hearts are heavy as we watch the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in the South”, said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “While we don’t have the resources or manpower to put our boots on the ground, we can provide anyone helping in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort free animal transport via our Wheels of Hope transport program.”

The Alliance’s Wheels of Hope transport fleet, consisting of five dedicated vehicles designed specifically for animal transport, is standing ready to assist our shelter partners in transporting animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey to receiving shelters, foster homes, and other destinations within a seven-hour radius of New York City. The fleet, which moves animals out of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) nearly 365 days per year to partner rescue groups and shelters, is prepared to transport Texas shelter pets on part of their journey to the Northeast.

Shelters and rescue groups needing transportation within a seven-hour radius of New York City can count on the Alliance to help with animal transport as many of them step up to house animals from Texas. To request transport of Harvey animals, please email us at disaster@AnimalAllianceNYC.org, and we will provide you with a special transport request form.

Ways New Yorkers Can Help Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Efforts

(Photo by Krista Menzel)

(Photo by Krista Menzel)

Donate Funds

Donating money is the best way to make an effective, immediate difference during a disaster, since it allows organizations to buy exactly the supplies they need, when they need them. Make online donations to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, Humane Society of the United States, or regional organizations in the hurricane-affected area, including:

Austin Pets Alive!
Website | Facebook

Gulf Coast Humane Society
Website | Facebook

Houston Humane Society
Website

Houston SPCA
Website

Humane Society of Southeast Texas
Website

Wildlife Center of Texas
Website

(Photo by Mark McQueen, phoDOGraphy.com)

(Photo by Mark McQueen, phoDOGraphy.com)

Donate Supplies

Organizations working in Texas are in need of supplies to rescue and care for animals in the disaster zone. Please visit these web sites for information on how to send supply donations to these organizations:

Austin Pets Alive!
Amazon Wish List | Website | Facebook

Gulf Coast Humane Society
Amazon Wish List | Website | Facebook

Houston Humane Society
Amazon Wish List | Website | Facebook

Houston SPCA
Amazon Wish List | Website | Facebook

Humane Society of Southeast Texas
Website | Facebook

Wildlife Center of Texas
Amazon Wish List | Website | Facebook

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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

Media Contact

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

Media Contact

Jane Coloccia, JC Communications, LLC
Phone: (917) 930-0062
E-mail: Jane@JCCommunicationsllc.com

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