Thanks to Our Supporters, Rozzy is Home!

   

Rozzy and TiffanyThis summer, we received a call from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) about a dog named Rozzy, who had been found abandoned and tied to a street post. Upon his arrival at ACC, Rozzy was scanned for a microchip. Thanks to his microchip, it was confirmed that Rozzy was an owned pet.

When ACC contacted Rozzy’s owner, Tiffany, she explained that she had moved to Virginia. Unable to take Rozzy with her at the time of her move, Tiffany left her beloved dog with a trusted family member who promised to take care of him until Tiffany could pick him up. Sadly, this family member abandoned Rozzy on the street. Distraught upon hearing this, Tiffany immediately tried to figure out how to get Rozzy back. That’s when the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals was contacted.

Our mission is not only to our commitment to the day that no cats or dogs are killed simply because they are homeless, but also to work toward ensuring that owned animals don’t become homeless and wind up in a circumstance where they are at-risk for euthanasia. When we heard Tiffany and Rozzy’s story, we were determined to help!

A plan was set in motion, and Rozzy was on his way! Safely aboard the Alliance’s Wheels of Hope, he took the long journey from ACC in NYC to Maryland where his owner, Tiffany, was waiting for him with open arms.

Thanks to your support, the Wheels of Hope keep turning for dogs like Rozzy, and so many other deserving animals.

Don’t let pets like Rozzy become victims of circumstance. Join our Sustain the Success, Sustain the Love! campaign today, and your support will keep our life-saving wheels turning for NYC’s animals.

Sustain the Success, Sustain the Love!

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals works with more than 150 partner shelters and rescue groups to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless pets and community cats.

Thanks to your support, 2015 was a year of substantial progress for the Alliance. We are thrilled to report that our community-wide Live Release Rate is now at an unprecedented 90%!

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New NYC Feral Cat Initiative Website Has Something for Everyone

   

NYC Feral Cat Initiative websiteThe NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, recently launched its newly designed website, NYCFeralCat.org, revamped to offer a better user experience. The reorganized, enhanced site is chock-full of easy-to-find information and resources for Certified TNR Caretakers and for anyone who is interested in learning more about feral and stray cats, collectively known as community cats.

For organizations and individuals working to help community cats, the website continues to offer in-depth information, and has many additional features, including:

The site now has material on what to do if you find a kitten as well as on community cats and the law, which should be of interest not only to caretakers but to the general public as well. In addition, there is general information about community cats and their care, including details about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the proven humane method of controlling community cat populations.

For anyone who cares about community cats and would like to help them, the new website addresses the wide range of tasks, skills, and abilities that are needed to manage a colony and offers options for individual involvement. There are also links to TNR certification and specialty training workshops and webinars.

With the latest news, links to other key community cat organizations, advice, resources, and ample photos of beautiful community cats, the new NYCFCI website is the cat’s meow!

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Thanks to Our Supporters, Pinky the Cat is Safe!

Pinky was discovered in the Bronx this summer with a rusty can stuck on her head.

Pinky was discovered in the Bronx this summer with a rusty can stuck on her head.

Last month, Marie, a concerned Bronx resident, contacted the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to request help for Pinky, a young, feral, gray tabby from a local colony, who was in trouble. Marie had spotted her wandering the streets with a rusty, broken can on her head. Unable to eat or drink in the extreme heat of the summer, Pinky was in dire need of assistance.

Marie had tried to get help for Pinky for almost a week, but to no avail. She reached out to the Alliance just in time. Within a matter of hours, Pinky was trapped and brought to a local feral-friendly veterinarian.

First, the vet sedated Pinky so that the can could be removed and she could be examined. Due to the amount of time she spent in the can, she was severely dehydrated, and had sustained some injuries from the metal cutting her skin. The vet administered fluids, antibiotics, and treatment for her wounds. After some TLC, Pinky was ready to be returned to her colony.

“Thank you for helping Pinky…when no one else would! We are very grateful to the Mayor’s Alliance. We tried to get help for a week and then called you. She’s doing great today!” – Marie, Bronx

After being trapped and receiving veterinary treatment, Pinky was returned to her colony.

After being trapped and receiving veterinary treatment, Pinky was returned to her colony.

Don’t let community cats like Pinky suffer in silence. Join our Sustain the Success, Sustain the Love! campaign today, and your support will strengthen the life-saving efforts of our programs, including the NYC Feral Cat Initiative…one cat at a time!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Sustain the Success, Sustain the Love!

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals works with more than 150 partner shelters and rescue groups to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless pets and community cats.

Thanks to your support, 2015 was a year of substantial progress for the Alliance. We are thrilled to report that our community-wide Live Release Rate is now at an unprecedented 90%!

Save a Life. Donate Now.

   

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2016 Dog Film Festival Benefits NYC’s Homeless Pups

   

Dog Film Festival NYCThe 2nd Annual Dog Film Festival Returns to New York City October 15 to Benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Bennington, VT – Following its sold-out success last year and an 11-city tour, the Dog Film Festival returns to New York City during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. The festival celebrates the remarkable bond between dogs and their people and will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with 50% of proceeds.

On Saturday, October 15, the Dog Film Festival will take over Symphony Space on the Upper West Side.

The festival, perfect for dog lovers of all ages, comprises four separate programs of entirely different canine-themed films. Each screening includes documentary, animated, and live-action shorts that illuminate the human-canine bond, submitted by dog-loving filmmakers from around the world.

The Petco Foundation, whose goal is to help every animal live its best life, is the national Presenting Sponsor of the festival.

“We are thrilled to help bring the Dog Film Festival to cities across the country,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This series of films visually relays the Petco Foundation’s core mission to create a better world for animals and the people who love them. We are excited to celebrate with all dog lovers during this fun-filled festival and showcase these wonderful films that demonstrate the positive impact dogs have on people’s lives.”

The films shown at the festival are appropriate for all members of the family and each program will run approximately 2 hours long. View program descriptions with times.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will host one of its participating organizations on its adoption van, featuring dogs looking for their forever homes.

“We are honored to have been selected as the beneficiary of the 2016 Dog Film Festival in New York City,” says Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance. “The Festival offers an excellent opportunity to educate people about pet adoption and other pet-related topics, to honor dogs as true family members, and to celebrate the human-canine bond. We are delighted to be a part of this year’s celebration.”

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The festival is a way for founder and animal wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner to share her love for dogs and give back to organizations working hard for pets in need.

“In 2015, I imagined a Dog Film Festival and dreamed it could become an annual event in New York City,” said Hotchner. “The enormous audience reaction and the huge turn-out I got at Symphony Space last year gave me the determination to take the festival around the country, where it has found an equally passionate and appreciative welcome. I’ve had the incredible good fortune of a guardian angel making it all possible — Susanne Kogut, the head of the Petco Foundation, who gave me a grant to spread the Dog Film Festival message nationwide: the remarkable love dogs have for people and the daily miracles of people rescuing them to complete their own lives.”

Tickets for the Dog Film Festival are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children per screening and can only be purchased directly from Symphony Space online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to DogFilmFestival.com.

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Dog Film FestivalAbout the Dog Film Festival
In 2015, the first Dog Film Festival™ grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire, as a pet wellness advocate, to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, pet wellness issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. The festival is a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience and celebrate the remarkable human-canine bond. The Dog Film Festival™ shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters and rescue partners wherever it travels. DogFilmFestival.com

Petco FoundationAbout the Petco Foundation
The Petco Foundation believes every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $145 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With its animal welfare partners, the Petco Foundation inspires and empowers communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. The Petco Foundation partners with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions and has helped more than 4.5 million pets find new loving families. PetcoFoundation.org

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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Networking to Find Help in Caring for Community Cats

A permanent cat feeding station can be a great location to provide contact information and strike up conversations with neighbors about your TNR project. Photo by Kathleen O'Malley)

A permanent cat feeding station can be a great location to provide contact information and strike up conversations with neighbors about your TNR project. (Photo by Kathleen O’Malley)

Through its various workshops and other communications, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, encourages its Certified Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Caretakers to obtain neighborhood support and help with the ongoing care of their community cat colonies.

As the NYCFCI’s Director of Education, Kathleen O’Malley states, “The basic rule of thumb is that if you are doing everything for your colony by yourself, you are doing too much.” According to the NYCFCI, “You need to create a ‘deep bench’ of helpers,” so that you do not burn out taking care of a colony (or colonies) of cats on your own and so you and the cats are covered for whatever reasons you might need to be away for a day or longer. “In the best case scenario,” says Kathleen, “it takes a village.”

Kathleen points out that there are different roles in caring for community cats, ranging from TNR work to donating food to feeding the cats to ongoing maintenance of colony sites and more. It is important, she says, to recognize your limits and to seek out helpers who live in your community.

The NYCFCI is aware that many caretakers feel as if they have to do everything themselves because they believe that everyone in their communities is against the cats and, as a result, against the cats’ caretakers. Kathleen guarantees that this is not the case. “I wish something in life were 100%,” she says, repeating a statement originally made by long-term Certified TNR Caretaker Sheila Massey, “but nothing is, and luckily, that includes the statement that everyone in my neighborhood hates the cats.”

It is important to let neighbors know that you are working as part of a larger effort to help both cats and communities. (Photo by Kathleen O'Malley)

It is important to let neighbors know that you are working as part of a larger effort to help both cats and communities. (Photo by Kathleen O’Malley)

So, how does a neighborhood-wary caretaker go about finding supporters? By talking to people. As Mike Phillips of the NYCFCI and a long-term caretaker points out, “Because you are out there 365 days a year, you meet a lot of other people while you are taking care of the cats.” This is your opportunity to find and make allies.

Following a practice that he credits Sheila with initiating, Mike strongly recommends that you not hide what you are doing, but feed the cats out in the open, unless there is a clear sign of danger to the cats if you do so. This will provide you with an opportunity to create an awareness of and interest in what is happening with the cats.

Sheila recommends that you prepare a concise explanation about what you are doing that you are ready to share with anyone who stops to talk to you. It is important, Sheila cautions, that you weave the information into your casual conversation and not deliver it formally or as an educational lecture. The goal is to get people to realize that by taking care of community cats, you are really providing a benefit to people and to the community.

Shelia, who took care of at least one cat colony in upper Manhattan for six years, has a four-point message that she worked into her friendly exchanges with her neighbors. The main talking points are as follows:

  1. What I am doing is a program supported by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
  2. We trap cats and get them vaccinated so they are healthy and neutered in order to stop them from breeding.
  3. Then we put them back and feed them every day so that they will stay put.
  4. This way, we will not have any rats.

Sheila says you want people to understand that you are not a “crazy cat person,” but that you are part of something larger and working as a “we” for the good of all concerned. She also stresses that you don’t have to convince everyone to like the cats, that the goal is to get people to like and trust you.

Feeding your colony cats out in the open will provide you with an opportunity to create an awareness of and interest in what is happening with the cats in a neighborhood. (Photo by Maggie O'Neill)

Feeding your colony cats out in the open will provide you with an opportunity to create an awareness of and interest in what is happening with the cats in a neighborhood. (Photo by Maggie O’Neill)

What both Mike and Sheila have discovered is that the majority of people you talk to will be relieved that something is being done to help the cats and control their numbers and, as a result, to control the rat population. Some people will remain indifferent, and only a small minority will be “cat haters.”

Once you’ve identified people who are supportive of your efforts, you should establish an ongoing friendly dialogue and don’t immediately ask for help. First make sure someone is comfortable with the idea of helping out, and then start small. Perhaps ask them to pick up a bag of food for you one day if you’re stuck at work. Gradually work up to asking for what you need help with in an ongoing way. Sheila says it took her about three years of constantly talking to people on her block to get her “deep bench.” Before she left the neighborhood in 2014, she had dedicated colony feeders for six days of the week.

Networking within your community to find help in caring for your cat colony should be ongoing. It is, says Sheila, an essential, if sometimes overlooked part of being a caretaker. “Even when you are tired,” she says, “you still need to be upbeat and friendly.” In addition to talking to people as if they were all allies, Sheila also, early on, put flyers under her neighbors’ doors that explained the benefits of TNR. According to Kathleen, caretakers in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, recently sent a flyer around their community that featured cute photos of the cats in their care, adorned with hearts.

Another way to reach people who might be interested in helping out, suggests Kathleen, is to put up a sign near the cats’ feeding station with a dedicated e-mail address where you can be contacted.

The NYCFCI website provides a variety of free printed materials that you can use to educate and engage with your cat colony's neighbors. (Photo by Marc Birnbach)

The NYCFCI website provides a variety of free printed materials that you can use to educate and engage with your cat colony’s neighbors. (Photo by Marc Birnbach)

Mike recalls a huge project he was involved in on the Upper West Side that involved about 75 cats living in the same inner courtyard. “Every two feet there was another cat lounging in the sun,” he says. Mike enlisted a number of caretakers on the block, but realized that more help was needed. So, using flyers, he invited people to a block meeting. Only twelve people showed up for the first meeting, he remembers, a few of whom complained about the cats or where skeptical about them. However, seven of the twelve people volunteered, on the spot, to each feed the cats one day of the week.

It is obviously easiest, say Mike and Kathleen, to get people to help out once you’ve completed TNR of an entire colony. Then people will have had a chance to see for themselves that the cats are no longer yowling, spraying, fighting, and increasing in numbers, but are, importantly, continuing to control the rat population.

“People like to see good things happening in their communities,” says Shelia. That’s another reason to share success stories, such as the completion of a TNR project with your neighbors. Sheila was even able to tell her neighbors that two of her colony’s cats, Mr. McGee and Sampson, were going to appear in an episode of Animal Planet’s TV series Must Love Cats about working cats in NYC. The cats reportedly remained unaffected by their brush with fame, but the national publicity was undoubtedly a great networking boon for community cat caretakers everywhere.

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