NYPD Officers Get Certified in Trap-Neuter-Return

Cops and caretakers came together over community cats at a NYC Feral Cat Initiative TNR Certification Workshop held on April 25 at the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Cops and caretakers came together over community cats at a NYC Feral Cat Initiative TNR Certification Workshop held on April 25 at the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

This past spring Kathleen O’Malley and Mike Phillips of the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, along with Sheila Massey, a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) advocate, taught a NYCFCI TNR Certification Workshop to two dozen participants in Washington Heights, eleven of whom were police officers representing seven area precincts.

According to Kathleen, “the workshop grew out of the positive relationship built between Sheila and the 33rd Precinct’s Officer Chris Stoll, who is in charge of Community Policing.” Prior to this workshop, Sheila had regularly attended numerous Washington Heights community board meetings. She used these public meetings to inform local police and area residents about community cats and their needs. She addressed meeting participants in a prepared, polite, and concise manner and distributed handouts with basic information about community cats.

(Photo by Maureen Smith)

(Photo by Maureen Smith)

As a result, several officers at the 33rd Precinct gained a new understanding about community cats and Officer Stoll became very receptive to the idea of the NYCFCI holding a TNR workshop at the precinct. A few weeks before the workshop, Kathleen addressed the Precinct Community Council meeting to briefly explain TNR and to invite people to attend.

The workshop presented a unique opportunity, said Kathleen, to “foster a better understanding between community cat caretakers and the NYPD.” Members of the force assigned to the 19th, 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, and 33rd precincts attended. As Kathleen explained to the workshop’s “civilian” participants, “Even if they don’t go forth and do TNR themselves, the police are learning about the process of TNR, the behavior of community cats, and the challenges faced by their caretakers.” All of which, she pointed out, is bound to make them, and their precincts, stronger supporters of the caretakers and their efforts. Officer Stoll added that the officers were taking the workshop on their own time and that had each taken on the role as Animal Cruelty Liaison for his or her precinct.

(Photo by Maureen Smith)

(Photo by Maureen Smith)

At the end of the three-hour workshop, the two-dozen attendees became the area’s newest Certified TNR Caretakers. The host precinct, however, has evidently been caring for at least one cat for a while — an orange male cat has taken up residence on the premises.

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Adoptapalooza Premieres with Perfect Pets in Prospect Park

   

Adoptapalooza Prospect Park - August 1, 2015The Alliance for NYC’s Animals Hosts Brooklyn’s First-Ever Adoptapalooza — a Mega-Pet-Adoption Event

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – New York, NY – On Saturday, August 1, rain or shine, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Prospect Park will become the pet adoption capital of the borough, as the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with the Petfinder Foundation, presents Adoptapalooza, a mega-pet-adoption event, being held for the first time in Brooklyn. More than 150 lovable cats and dogs will be available for adoption inside the park at Bartel-Pritchard Square (15th Street and Prospect Park West).

Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza will provide an afternoon of fun for people of all ages. In addition to pet adoptions, this family-friendly event will feature personalized pet tag giveaways and free photo-ops for pets and their people. Dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health and pet preparedness tips from NYC Emergency Management will also be available.

The Petfinder Foundation, which provided significant financial support for Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza, is the event’s premiere sponsor. Other sponsors include PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina ONE and Just Right by Purina.

Jane Hoffman, president of the Alliance, said, “Every year, Adoptapalooza, our mega-pet-adoption event, helps raise awareness about why it’s so important to adopt from a rescue group or shelter. Many of the homeless animals in shelters and rescue groups in New York have had a tough journey and the Alliance is committed to giving them a chance to find a safe and happy home. We are thrilled to bring Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn for the first time. We know that Brooklynites will open their hearts and homes to these wonderful pets.

“The Alliance is also grateful to our generous premiere sponsor, the Petfinder Foundation, and to PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina ONE, and Just Right by Purina, whose support was critical in bringing Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn,” Hoffman added.

“The Petfinder Foundation loves New York City’s pets!” added Petfinder Foundation Executive Director Toni Morgan. “We are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the wonderful, lovable animals that shelters and rescue groups have waiting for homes, and we’re thrilled to bring so many of these fantastic pets to Brooklyn. Brooklynites are some of the most dedicated pet owners on the planet, so Brooklyn and Adoptapalooza are a match made in heaven!”

“PetFirst is proud to be a part of Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza! We love helping dogs and cats find their forever home and making it easy for them to receive the vet care they deserve with PetFirst pet insurance. PetFirst is happy to provide pet insurance coverage for all dog and cat owners in New York City,” said Clint Lawrence, PetFirst Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Purina ONE is excited to sponsor the Adoptapalooza event this year because our brand is dedicated to making positive differences in the lives of dogs. Through our partnerships with animal shelters across the country, we provide smart nutrition solutions to help shelter dogs look and feel their best as they wait for their forever homes. We also provide resources to help change perceptions of shelter dogs and ultimately increase adoptions,” said Eric Willis, Brand Director of Purina ONE. “To demonstrate the positive differences smart nutrition can make, we’ll be at the event inviting dog owners to take the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge, as well as distributing Purina ONE samples and coupons to attendees.”

Fifteen different Alliance Participating Organizations, including pet shelter and rescue organizations, will be on site — each offering very special animals in search of their forever homes.

For more information, please 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

Petfinder FoundationAbout the Petfinder Foundation
The Petfinder Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster and Emergency Response, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. www.petfinderfoundation.com

PetFirst Pet InsuranceAbout PetFirst Pet Insurance
PetFirst Pet Insurance is the leading pet insurer in North America for animal welfare organizations. PetFirst Pet Insurance offers easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats and 30-days of insurance for adoptions. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits. PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies as well as other partners. PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+. Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s. www.petfirst.com

Nestlé Purina PetCareAbout Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. www.purina.com

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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

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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.

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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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