Wheels of Hope Turn to Reunite Sadie and Sunny

The Alliance's Wheels of Hope program helped to make sure that Sadie and Sunny were not separated by domestic violence.

The Alliance’s Wheels of Hope program helped to make sure that Sadie and Sunny were not separated by domestic violence.

As we approach the end of another year, we have been reflecting upon the ongoing impact of our key initiatives and the ways in which your steadfast support has helped us save the lives of more than 300,000 homeless pets since we began in 2003. Your compassion has continued to turn New York City into a better place for animals, and we thank you.

Today, we want to share a story illustrating how your generosity helped one special cat remain with her owner this year, despite difficult life circumstances.

When Sunny adopted Sadie, a 10-year-old black cat, from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) a few years ago, she never imagined her life would change so dramatically that she’d have to consider saying goodbye to her feline friend.

Earlier this month, Sunny (whose name has been changed for her safety) became a victim of domestic violence. Forced to flee New York City immediately, Sunny was devastated when she found out that she couldn’t bring her cat on the bus, and that the pet deposit at her new location would be too high to pay. Devastated, Sunny brought Sadie back to ACC, preparing to say goodbye.

At ACC, Sunny was offered help through their Intake Counseling Program, aimed at helping to keep pets with their people through challenging situations like Sunny’s. Through collaboration with several organizations, a new plan emerged.

Via the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope transport van program, Sadie safely traveled over 500 miles to be reunited with Sunny in their new home.

Thanks to your contributions, our Wheels of Hope kept turning for Sadie and Sunny. They were able to be reunited for the holidays, despite circumstances that would have otherwise torn them apart.

Don’t let New York City pets like Sadie become victims of circumstance. Support more life-saving rides on the Wheels of Hope in 2017 with a tax-deductible one-time or recurring gift to our year-end Out of the Cage Challenge today.

With your help, we will be able to sustain the dramatic impact we have made, and keep saying YES to the New York City animals who will need our help in the new year.

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NYCFCI and NYPD Collaborate to Help Community Cats in Brooklyn

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn

Brian Hull is the Vice President of the Tenant’s Association at the Kingsborough Houses where he lives in Brooklyn, and is friendly with officers of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Police Service Area, PSA2, located there to police the development. He also happens to be a Certified Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Caretaker. So, earlier this year, when a couple of feline-friendly officers told him that they needed to do something about the cats and kittens who had been living in a parking lot at PSA2 and who some officers had been feeding, Brian turned to the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) for help.

The NYCFCI’s Kathleen O’Malley contacted one of the officers, Greg Paratore, who she found out did not know about TNR. When she explained how TNR is the proven, humane way to control the community cat population, permission was quickly obtained for the cats and kittens to be trapped, neutered/spayed, and returned to the parking lot, or, if determined to be friendly enough, put into foster homes to await adoption.

Kingsborough Houses resident and Certified TNR Caretaker Brian Hull helped trap the NYPD parking lot cats and kittens so they could be transported to veterinary clinics for examinations, spay/neuter, and vaccination.

Kingsborough Houses resident and Certified TNR Caretaker Brian Hull helped trap the NYPD parking lot cats and kittens so they could be transported to veterinary clinics for examinations, spay/neuter, and vaccination.

Permission was also granted for the cats’ pre- and post-surgical holding space to be located on PSA2’s property. When Kathleen explained that a holding space needs to be quiet, safe, enclosed, and climate controlled, an empty trailer located at the back of the property was initially determined to be a suitable location. Now, a back stairwell in the main building serves that purpose.

Several trappings have now taken place, which Officer Paratore participated in. The first batch of kittens was trapped in July and sent to the ASPCA’s Glendale clinic for their spay/neuter surgeries. They also received fecal and ringworm tests from Murray Hill Pet Hospital before being turned over to the NYCFCI’s Mike Phillips, who took charge of the kittens’ socialization process.

When they were ready to be adopted, the kittens were sent to The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation to await their forever homes. Several more kittens from subsequent trappings have also gone to The Ladew Foundation, and several of those have since been adopted.

Kitten Friday was found with a tail injury, so she spent several weeks at the vet for treatment and observation. The clinic staffer who is fostering her plans to adopt her.

Kitten Friday was found with a tail injury, so she spent several weeks at the vet for treatment and observation. The clinic staffer who is fostering her plans to adopt her.

One of the kittens in the colony was obviously missing all but the very bottom of her tail. When she was trapped, she was first sent to The Humane Society of New York for evaluation and treatment. Friday, as she has now been named, spent several weeks at One Love Animal Hospital in Boerum Hill, where Kathleen reports, “The vet wanted to see if the tail stump would heal on its own, and it is healing nicely,” so the tail didn’t have to be amputated. For her part, Friday is still recovering, but is reportedly perky and playful and charming the staff. In fact, Friday is currently staying at the home of a One Love staffer who plans to adopt her.

In a 5:00 a.m. trapping that took place the week before Labor Day, Kathleen, with Brian’s help, was able to use a drop trap to get six of the colony kittens still at large. The four females and two males they trapped were about four months old and feral. Unsocialized kittens over two months of age require a lot of effort to tame, and even then they may never be cuddly pets, so the plan was to have these kittens spayed and neutered and returned to the colony. But Brian felt one of the males, Lennon, showed signs of wanting to interact with humans, so Kathleen decided to try fostering and socializing him. She described the handsome longhair tabby as initially being “slightly shut down” and “frozen, out of fear.” However, during the very first night at Kathleen’s house, he allowed himself to be petted and he even meowed, apparently for company, in the middle of the night! After two weeks of socialization, Lennon was a purring lap cat, ready to be put up for adoption on Petfinder. He quickly found a forever home in Astoria with Geri Wee. Geri, who works for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, renamed the kitten Biden.

An NYPD officer from PSA2, Dustin Morrow, and his girlfriend, Alissa Field, adopted Keanu, who is now named Taco.

An NYPD officer from PSA2, Dustin Morrow, and his girlfriend, Alissa Field, adopted Keanu, who is now named Taco.

Not all the trapped kittens were part of the original colony. Keanu and his littermate Scully, according to the officers, wandered onto PSA2’s property one day. The kittens were most likely abandoned and were drawn to the location by the smell of cat food. They, too, were trapped and neutered. Scully went to The Ladew Foundation and has since been adopted. An officer from PSA2, Dustin Morrow, and his girlfriend, Alissa Field, adopted Keanu, who is now named Taco.

Going forward, the officers, including Officer Paratore who is now a Certified TNR Caretaker, will be on the lookout for any other cats or kittens that might wander onto the property. And, with the NYCFCI’s guidance and help, a better feeding station and winter shelters for the colony’s remaining cats will be erected to replace the current setup, which has uninsulated shelters and is also too close to a public sidewalk for the cats’ safety.

Thanks to the collaboration between a local Certified TNR Caretaker, officers at PSA2, and the NYCFCI, a colony is being TNR’ed, friendly felines are being placed in foster homes and adopted, and the remaining colony cats will enjoy a better quality of life. “This,” says Kathleen, “is a great example of things working exactly the way they are supposed to.”

   

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.
The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.
The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.
One of the NYPD parking lot kittens, Friday (nursing under tailpipe), was missing part of her tail, so she was given special veterinary care after she was trapped.
Kingsborough Houses resident and Certified TNR Caretaker Brian Hull helped trap the cats and kittens in the NYPD parking lot so they could be transported to veterinary clinics for examinations, spay/neuter, and vaccination.
Kitten Friday was found with a tail injury, so she spent several weeks at the vet for treatment and observation. The clinic staffer who is fostering her plans to adopt her.
Kathleen O'Malley from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals cuddles with Lennon the kitten. Lennon was adopted and renamed Biden.
NYPD parking lot kitten, Keanu, was adopted and renamed Taco.
Kathleen O'Malley from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals cuddles with Keanu the kitten. Keanu was adopted and renamed Taco.
NYPD parking lot kitten, Keanu, was adopted and renamed Taco.
An NYPD officer from PSA2, Dustin Morrow, and his girlfriend, Alissa Field, adopted Keanu, who is now named Taco.
NYPD Officer Greg Paratore built a feeding station and new winter shelters for the cats and placed them discreetly in a corner of the parking lot...just in time for the cold weather! (Photo by Greg Paratore)

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.

The NYPD and NYCFCI joined forces this summer to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats who were living and breeding in an NYPD parking lot in Brooklyn.

One of the NYPD parking lot kittens, Friday (nursing under tailpipe), was missing part of her tail, so she was given special veterinary care after she was trapped.

Kingsborough Houses resident and Certified TNR Caretaker Brian Hull helped trap the cats and kittens in the NYPD parking lot so they could be transported to veterinary clinics for examinations, spay/neuter, and vaccination.

Kitten Friday was found with a tail injury, so she spent several weeks at the vet for treatment and observation. The clinic staffer who is fostering her plans to adopt her.

Kathleen O'Malley from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals cuddles with Lennon the kitten. Lennon was adopted and renamed Biden.

NYPD parking lot kitten, Keanu, was adopted and renamed Taco.

Kathleen O'Malley from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals cuddles with Keanu the kitten. Keanu was adopted and renamed Taco.

NYPD parking lot kitten, Keanu, was adopted and renamed Taco.

An NYPD officer from PSA2, Dustin Morrow, and his girlfriend, Alissa Field, adopted Keanu, who is now named Taco.

NYPD Officer Greg Paratore built a feeding station and new winter shelters for the cats and placed them discreetly in a corner of the parking lot...just in time for the cold weather! (Photo by Greg Paratore)

   

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Sooty Says Thanks for the Second Chance…So Cute!

   

Thanks to your support of our Wheels of Hope program, thousands of NYC’s homeless pets got out of the cage this year. The vast majority of the pets the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals transports are cats and dogs, but occasionally, we get the opportunity to help a feathered friend.

Sooty the parrotlet had been down on his luck in the Big Apple, but found a safe place to perch and a new friend named Blue with Dr. Christina Abramowicz and Celestial Wings: Delaware Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Here he is showing off some of the cool tricks he has had the opportunity to learn because supporters like you gave him a ride…and a second chance!

Join the Out of the Cage Challenge today and help the Alliance save the lives of more homeless shelter pets like Sooty in New York City!

Don’t want to start your own fundraising page, but still want to help? Donate to Sam the Alliance office cat’s fundraiser to help him reach his goal!

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Will You Help Get NYC’s Shelter Pets Out of the Cage?

   

(Photo by Krista Menzel)Want to Do Good This Holiday Season?

This year, we are asking you to rally your friends, family, and networks to support the life-saving work of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. By becoming a fundraiser in our Out of the Cage Challenge, you not only will help New York City’s shelter pets, but also give your friends the opportunity to feel good about doing good this holiday season.

Starting a fundraiser is easy to do, and it’s fun! We’ll even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference. With your help, we can move NYC’s homeless pets out of the cage and save their lives.

What Is the Out of the Cage Challenge?

We’re launching the Out of the Cage Challenge, a new campaign to raise critical funds to prevent the euthanasia of homeless shelter pets in New York City. Every year, approximately 30,000 pets are surrendered to Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Due to constant influx, overcrowding, and limited resources, unless these pets are adopted or moved to no-kill animal rescue groups to await new homes, they are at risk for illness and euthanasia. That’s where the Alliance’s Wheels of Hope program comes in, providing life-saving transportation for these animals out of the cage and into new lives.

By participating in the Out of the Cage Challenge, you will give thousands of homeless pets a second chance by helping them get out of the cage. Your support will directly impact their lives by providing the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with the funding necessary to transport these animals to new homes or no-kill animal rescue organizations via our Wheels of Hope vans. This holiday season, we want you to be a part of this life-saving effort!

(Photo by Krista Menzel)Thinking of Giving an End-of-Year Gift to the Alliance?

Use your gift to plant a seed! First, join the Out of the Cage Challenge campaign, then donate your end-of-year gift to your own fundraiser and share your campaign link with your family and friends. By sharing your compassion for homeless pets, you will exponentially increase your impact on the lives of NYC’s animals!

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Miles For Paws Team to Run 2016 TCS NYC Marathon

   

AjaxYour donation will help us continue to save the lives of homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits in New York City.

The TCS NYC Marathon is coming up this weekend, and our Miles For Paws marathoners are training hard for the big race! You can help our runners achieve their personal best on Sunday, November 6, by supporting them with your tax-deductible donation. Remember, when you pledge support for our team, you’re also supporting the programs of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

We’re almost at the starting line! Please pledge your support for Team Miles For Paws today!

Meet Our 2016 Marathoners
Meet the runners who are saving the lives of NYC’s animals by running for Miles For Paws in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon…

Terria Clay

   

Terria Clay
Those who know me know I’ve loved animals all my life. Running however, is a fairly new love of mine, as I discovered it just 6 years ago. I’ve had the opportunity to run some incredible races and gained a personal sense of accomplishment that I’ve found with few other activities. To combine that accomplishment with an opportunity to give back to NYC’s animals was one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make. I’ve got just a small amount left to raise and I can’t wait to get to the marathon start line to do my part as a Miles For Paws pack member!

Jennifer DiMartino

   

Jennifer DiMartino
It brings me great pride to run the TCS NYC Marathon as part of the Miles For Paws pack. With every mile, the funds and awareness raised are going directly towards saving the lives of NYC’s animals. By providing shelter, medicine, food, and a safe harbor, the Alliance is caring for those New Yorkers who cannot ask for help, but who most desperately need it. My life has always had animals of all sorts in it, and they give back much more than we can give them. I am a proud New Yorker running for our littlest residents!

Joey Sigona

   

Joey Sigona
Our beloved four-legged family members, Spanky and Buddie, are rescue dogs. After we adopted Spanky, I would often reflect on how his rescue has enriched my life in so many ways. I often give thanks to the hard work that goes into finding homes for animals, and the resulting love they can bring your family. About a year ago, I took up running as a challenge for myself to get outside more. I often do training runs with Spanky in Prospect Park and found more and more enjoyment in it. I then discovered Miles For Paws, which combined my love of animals being rescued with that of running. Spanky and I did an official 5K together, and I fell in love with this charity.

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Kayleigh Stevens
I currently work at Murray Hill Pet Hospital as a veterinary assistant, and I’m working to earn my degree as a veterinary technician. I’m the owner of two loving cats, Gwenevere and Orla, and I have been an animal lover all my life. I’ve never been a running enthusiast, but after I ran my first 5K I was hooked! I’m excited to have the opportunity to run the TCS NYC Marathon, especially for such a worthy cause.

   

Miles For PawsWe hope you’ll turn out to cheer for our runners as they make their way along the TCS New York City Marathon route. If you take photos of the race, please share them on social media (tagged with #MilesForPaws), or e-mail them to MilesForPaws@AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

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