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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Adoption Events: Friends at First Sight

(Photo by Carol Zytnik)

(Photo by Carol Zytnik)

On Adoptapalooza day, Wink “was looking for a best friend, and I knew it would be me.” Ryan, Wink’s happy adopter, also noted Wink was “very friendly and playful…his signature one eye did not faze him one bit and you could tell he was loving life, ready to be adopted.”

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals partner rescue group, Louie’s Legacy, took over Wink’s care after a Good Samaritan found him on a roadside with an injured eye (which was later removed). Thanks to Louie’s Legacy and Adoptapalooza, Wink found a forever friend in Ryan, who says he always wanted a dog and is new to animal adoption.

“I have friends who rescued their pets, and you could tell there was something special about it. We already have a strong connection and I am happy to have Wink as my new best friend.”

In celebration of Wink and every other dog, cat, and rabbit who found a brand-new forever family at Adoptapalooza, please join our campaign to support the Alliance and our signature Adoption Events. Together we can continue saving lives and serving our dedicated community partners with events that shine a light on the importance of adoption and connect NYC’s homeless animals with their future adopters.

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Meet the NYC Feral Cat Initiative Team: Evon Handras

Evon had a chance to snuggle with Broadway star, Vito Vincent, at Jill Rappaport's PIES4PAWS Challenge™ at the NYC Re-tails & Sales Expo on National Feral Cat Day 2014. (Photo by Francesca Carson)

Evon had a chance to snuggle with Broadway star, Vito Vincent, at Jill Rappaport’s PIES4PAWS Challenge™ at the NYC Re-tails & Sales Expo on National Feral Cat Day 2014. (Photo by Francesca Carson)

Evon Handras, Director of Administration and Liaison to the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, joined the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals in 2007. Her primary focus was to administer Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project in NYC, which was a multi-year Maddie’s Fund grant aimed at making free and low-cost spay/neuter widely available to low-income families and individuals. The program increased steadily over the years thanks to the strong partnerships with our city’s non-profit clinics: the ASPCA, The Humane Society of New York, and The Toby Project, as well as the increased participation of many private practice veterinarians. The final phase of the grant included funding for the spay/neuter of community cats, which was an important development in increasing awareness of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) at the community level. “It was wonderful to build relationships with local veterinarians who understood the importance of the program,” explained Evon.

Since then, the Alliance has applied for and received additional funding aimed at supporting the TNR community. Evon works with the Alliance’s Director of Development to implement and manage these grants, which include a multi-year ASPCA TNR and Adoption Support grant.

Evon also is a part of the Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) team. She responds to inquiries from the public, whether from individuals looking for information or assistance, or agencies or businesses that are looking to address a community cat issue. A long-time advocate for community cats, she sees this as “an incredible opportunity to educate people and create awareness about the specific needs of these cats.” Supporting the Certified TNR Caretaker community is also an important component of Evon’s position, and she communicates regularly with veteran and newly certified caretakers on all aspects of working with community cats. She considers herself fortunate to be a part of a progressive and focused network of individuals and organizations who put so much heart into what they do.

Helping community cats is not new to Evon. Long before she began working with the Alliance, she was feeding and rescuing stray and feral cats (and the occasional stray dog) in her Queens neighborhood. She signed up for a TNR workshop and began volunteering with local TNR and adoption groups, including Francis’s Friends and SaveKitty Foundation.

Evon’s own learning experiences about TNR and the difference it makes in controlling community cat populations and improving community relations has made her empathetic and patient with folks who are unaware of TNR. She is a firm believer in getting information out to people in a real grassroots way, whether by offering TNR workshops or by simply posting informational flyers. Evon hopes to expand TNR training to all NYC neighborhoods and claims that it is her “personal goal that there be at least one Certified TNR Caretaker on every NYC block.”

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Adoptapalooza Includes Hundreds of Homeless Pets for Adoption

   

Adoptapalooza - Sunday, May 31, 2015NYC’s Original Mega Pet Adoption Fair Presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Petco Foundation

Sunday, May 31, 2015 – New York, NY – Manhattan’s Union Square Park was transformed today into New York City’s pet adoption capital as the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with the Petco Foundation, hosted Adoptapalooza, NYC’s Original Mega Pet Adoption Event, where animal lovers had the opportunity to adopt hundreds of cats, dogs, and rabbits.

The Alliance is a private, non-profit private charity that partners with more than 150 local animal rescue groups and animal shelters to offer important programs and services that help save the lives of New York City’s homeless animals. Since 2003, when the Alliance was founded, the dedicated efforts of these groups, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have the saved the lives of more than 250,000 cats and dogs.

Today, at Adoptapalooza, dozens of rescue groups and animal shelters had on hand more than 300 pets available for adoption.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance, said, “The goal of Adoptapalooza is not only to find homes for these deserving animals, but also to raise awareness of why it’s so important to adopt pets from rescue groups or animal shelters in New York City.”

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 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.

Today at Adoptapalooza, a special clinic offered low-cost microchipping for cats and dogs; the NYC Department of Health was on hand to issue dog licenses; and NYC Emergency Management/Ready New York provided important information to help pet owners prepare for emergencies.

Adoptapalooza provided fun for the whole family, including face-painting, caricature portraits, photos of pets and their owners, and pet food giveaways.

Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that provides distraction therapy with toys, blankets, and other comforting items to help increase adoptions, again this year collected pet toys and clean linens for the animals at Animal Care & Control of NYC and other shelters.

Hoffman extended her gratitude to the Petco Foundation, vendor sponsors, volunteers, community members, and others, including today’s adopters, who made Adoptapalooza a great success.

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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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Meet the NYC Feral Cat Initiative Team: Megan Wisdom

NYCFCI volunteer, Megan Wisdom, helps community cats in New York City, but she recently had a chance to share some love with a kangaroo in Australia.

NYCFCI volunteer, Megan Wisdom, helps community cats in New York City, but she recently had a chance to share some love with a kangaroo in Australia.

Since the Fall of 2014, NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) volunteer Megan Wisdom has been sending participants in NYCFCI’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) certification workshops a follow-up survey. Megan compiles the information she receives and shares it with the rest of the NYCFCI team. “The main focus of the survey,” says Megan, “is to get Certified TNR Caretakers in communities to connect, so they can work together and share resources.” The results of the survey also inform the NYCFCI team better about the needs of the TNR community.

Megan’s background in technology support for the financial sector makes her an ideal person to handle the important, confidential data collection on Certified TNR Caretakers. So does her intense love of cats. And Megan’s love of animals extends to those she encounters during her travels around the world. The last time she was in Australia, she had the “amazing experience” of holding and bottle-feeding — and being kissed by! — a baby kangaroo.

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