Thank You, Alley Cat Allies, for 25 Years of AdvoCATcy!

Kathleen O'Malley, Becky Robinson, and Mike Phillips present the first 'Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop' at the ASPCA Midtown Offices on July 20, 2014. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Kathleen O’Malley, Becky Robinson, and Mike Phillips present the first ‘Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop’ at the ASPCA Midtown Offices on July 20, 2014. (Photo by Maureen Smith)

Congratulations and thanks to Becky Robinson and Alley Cat Allies for 25 amazing years of advocating for feral and stray community cats! Your excellent educational and outreach efforts have been key in bringing the facts about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and community cats into the public spotlight. Your hands-on work with colonies such as the Boardwalk Cats of Atlantic City serve as models of how community cats can thrive in their environments. You’ve improved the lives of untold thousands of community cats both directly and indirectly. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is proud to be a partner of Alley Cat Allies, together with the ASPCA, to design the new TNR certification workshop program launched in 2014. Concerned people now have more options than ever for learning how to care for community cats. May the next 25 years bring even greater awareness and compassion for community cats among the general public, and many more model colonies.

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Alliance Applauds Increased Funding for AC&C

   

(Photo by Krista Menzel)The Lives of Thousands of Additional Homeless Pets Will be Saved

Friday, January 23, 2015 – New York, NY – Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (The Alliance), said today that the increased funding and support for Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) announced today by the Health Department will save the lives of thousands of additional homeless pets every year across the five boroughs.

The Alliance is a private charity, not affiliated with government, that partners with more than 150 rescue groups and shelters, including AC&C, to offer important programs and services that save the lives of New York City’s homeless animals.

Hoffman said, “The Alliance has been proud to partner with AC&C for the past decade. Together, we have worked to transport more than 80,000 animals from the City’s shelters and move them into rescue groups, shelters, or homes where they have a chance for a new start in life. With the construction of a new, state-of-the-art adoption center and the doubling of its fleet of mobile adoption vans, AC&C will be able not only to sustain its tremendous progress, but keep the momentum moving forward.

Mayor de Blasio, Health Commissioner Bassett, and the City Council should be congratulated — and thanked — for commitment to New York City’s shelter animals and homeless pets,” added Hoffman.


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: Kathleen O’Malley

As a community cat caretaker, Kathleen O'Malley, who is also Director of TNR Education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, sets up winter shelters for her colony in New Jersey. (Photo by Kayt Hester)

As a community cat caretaker, Kathleen O’Malley, who is also Director of TNR Education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, sets up winter shelters for her colony in New Jersey. (Photo by Kayt Hester)

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals committed to solving NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), welcomed its newest team member, Kathleen O’Malley, at the beginning of 2015.

Kathleen joins NYCFCI as Director of TNR Education, with responsibility for outreach to the TNR community and the public regarding community cats. In this newly created position, Kathleen plans to update NYCFCI’s training workshops for TNR caretakers; work with community boards, NYPD Precinct Councils, City Council members, and other elected officials to inform them about TNR and colony care; and work with other members of the NYCFCI team to coordinate services and resources for the TNR community.

“I look forward to seeing a noticeable citywide reduction in the community cat population through TNR,” says Kathleen. “I’m thrilled and honored that I can do something about it by helping more and more New Yorkers become certified. And, just as important, by helping certified TNR caretakers obtain the resources they need to complete TNR on their cat colonies.”

Kathleen manages a colony of her own and has a background in large-scale TNR projects as a member and President of the Hudson County Animal League, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization located in New Jersey.

In addition, Kathleen was most recently TNR Manager, Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She has also worked in scientific publishing and has owned a vintage clothing boutique. She and her husband share their home with four cats: Thor, Hela, and “foster failures” Jude and Luke, who were once part of the feral colony she manages.

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The Wheels of Hope Turn for Dog Rescue

Waggin' Train Rescue adoptee, Alfie, enjoys a summer day in Riverside Park with his adopter, Ken. (Photo by Jane Kleinsinger)

Waggin’ Train Rescue adoptee, Alfie, enjoys a summer day in Riverside Park with his adopter, Ken. (Photo by Jane Kleinsinger)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

“I can say without hesitation that without the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope transport program we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do,” states Waggin’ Train Rescue’s founder, Jane Kleinsinger. Waggin’ Train Rescue, a non-profit organization, was initially founded in 2001 to address the increased number of dogs that wound up in New York City’s shelter system in the aftermath of 9/11.

Today, most of the dogs the organization rescues still come from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). “Most of them need a few weeks of quarantine (for kennel cough) before they can go to their adoptive homes,” Jane explains. “Wheels of Hope takes them to kennels we use for this, and when they’re healthy, transports them to their forever homes all over New York, New Jersey, New England, and Pennsylvania.”

In Jane’s experience, the Wheels of Hope team is responsive and able to mobilize quickly. “Within minutes of submitting a transport request for an animal, I hear back with a confirmation. Immediate action is then taken to plan for their next destination,” says Jane. “I wish airlines worked as efficiently!

“We save between 200–300 dogs per year,” Jane says, “almost all of which have ridden on Wheels of Hope vans.”

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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The Wheels of Hope Turn (and Re-turn) for Dog Adoptions

Jack, a blind Chihuahua mix, "is my beautiful blonde boy," says Laurie Hart, his adopter. "He's perfect in every way." (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

Jack, a blind Chihuahua mix, “is my beautiful blonde boy,” says Laurie Hart, his adopter. “He’s perfect in every way.” (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

Laurie Hart, who does a lot of work with Pibbles & More Animal Rescue (PMAR), an organization that pulls cats and dogs from shelters, had her eyes on a Chihuahua mix named Charlie at Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). When Laurie decided she had to adopt him, she and PMAR turned to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope (WOH) transport program to get Charlie from AC&C and drive him to his new home with Laurie and her husband, Matt.

According to his adopter, Laurie Hart, Charlie "has no idea he is small. He keeps everyone in the house in their place." (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

According to his adopter, Laurie Hart, Charlie “has no idea he is small. He keeps everyone in the house in their place.” (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

In a phone call Laurie had with the WOH driver when the driver stopped en route, she quickly determined that AC&C had given the driver the wrong Charlie! “It turns out,” recalls Laurie, “that there were two Chihuahua mixes named Charlie!” Given the option to have the driver turn around, return the first Charlie, and bring Laurie the second one, Laurie and her husband instantly decided to adopt them both! Charlie #1 arrived that day. Shortly thereafter, WOH returned with Charlie #2, who is now called Jack.

Charlie has a severe heart defect, deformed front legs, and epilepsy. Jack is blind in both eyes. “I only wish we had found these two boys sooner,” says Laurie. “They both fit perfectly into our home.

“I am actually thankful for the worker who gave the Wheels of Hope driver the ‘wrong’ Charlie the first time around!” she says. “And, I am especially thankful for the WOH program and drivers and all the work they do for these animals. They all work so hard to make sure these poor babies get to their forever homes.”

   

   

   

   

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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