Matilda the Algonquin Cat to Host Benefit for NYC’s Shelter Pets


Matilda & FURiends Salute BroadwayOn August 2, please join us for a feline fashion show and reception, hosted by Matilda the Algonquin Cat at the Algonquin Hotel, to benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals!

Matilda & FURiends Salute Broadway
Saturday, August 2, 2014
3:00–7:00 p.m.: Kitten Adoptions
5:00–7:30: Reception, Feline Fashion Show, Raffle & Fundraiser
The Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, New York, NY

  • On Broadway themed cat fashion show by Ada Nieves for Pets, where nine MEWdels will be dressed to the nines (for each of their lives)
  • Special appearances by Tara the Hero Cat, who was captured on video saving her young human friend from a dog attack, and Vito Vincent, the formerly homeless feline star of Broadway’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and television’s 30 Rock and The Colbert Report.
  • Kitten adoptions by Alliance Participating Organization, Bobbi and the Strays, on the Alliance adoption van in front of the hotel (open to the public, 3:00-7:00 p.m.).

Minimum $40 entrance donation is requested; additional donations will be accepted. Reservations are strongly recommended and seating is limited. Please note that no pets are allowed. Please contact Alice de Almeida at (212) 419-9197 to purchase tickets.

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Stars and Adoptable Pets Headline 16th Annual Broadway Barks

Broadway Barks
Dogs, cats, celebrities, and plenty of positive energy will fill Shubert Alley when Broadway Barks celebrates its 16th year of saving lives!

Broadway Barks
Saturday, July 12, 2014
3:00-6:30 p.m.
Shubert Alley, West of Broadway, between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, NYC

Broadway Barks, the legendary pet adoption and awareness event created by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore and produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, begins at 3:00 p.m., when potential adopters can meet dozens of wonderful dogs and cats awaiting new homes from more than 25 animal shelters and rescue groups, all of which are members of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Then at 5:00 p.m., an exciting lineup of celebrities will introduce some of these wonderful animals from the stage. The event is free and open to the public.

Early Birds get a special treat at noon, when Bernadette Peters, along with illustrator, Liz Murphy, will sign copies of the 2014 Broadway Barks poster and Playbill. Murphy, who designed this year’s Broadway Barks graphic has also designed Bernadette’s new children’s book slated for Spring 2015 publication.

Broadway Barks 2014 CalendarsAlso available for purchase at the event, while supplies last:

Broadway Barks 2014 Calendars, featuring photos of two- and four-legged stars from previous Broadway Barks. Autographed by Bernadette Peters, with unsigned copies also available.

Broadway Barks Autographed Hounds, personally signed by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. Only four of these limited-edition, black, pillow-soft stuffed dogs, sporting a specially designed Broadway Barks collar, are still available.

We hope to see you at Broadway Barks!

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Construction Workers Rescue Stowaway Cat, Look to Alliance for Help

Fully vetted and bathed after his incredible journey, Paddy is now available for adoption from the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Fully vetted and bathed after his incredible journey, Paddy is now available for adoption from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

On June 19, when a shipment of hot water pipes from Pennsylvania arrived at the site of a new building being constructed on West 21st Street at 11th Avenue in Manhattan, workers at the site discovered a little something extra in the shipment. As one of the 20-foot sections of pipe was lifted 200 feet into the air by crane to be placed into a column drilled into the building structure, a dirty, scraggly looking, gray and white adult male cat dropped out of the pipe and jumped into a hole leading down to the floor below.

The concerned construction workers reacted swiftly, and cut into the column enclosure to free the frightened cat. But instead of allowing the workers to rescue him, he ran out and straight to an unprotected edge of some wooden planking more than 150 feet in the air. The workers tried to coax him to come closer, but to no avail. Instead, the frightened cat moved so close to the edge that his hindquarters were dangling over the edge of the slab.

After about 45 minutes of gentle coaxing, Paddy, one of the construction workers, was able to extend his arm far enough to drop a box over the cat. He slowly pulled the box away from the floor edge. When the box was in a more secure spot, he cut a small hole in the top of the box, reached in, scruffed the cat, and placed him into a deep bucket. The workers carried the cat to the construction trailer, where they left him overnight with food and water. He settled in, ate the food, and apparently explored the trailer overnight, as evidenced by kitty footprints on some office paperwork and a pile of fur on one of the desk chair cushions.

Paddy was named in honor of the construction worker who patiently coaxed him away from a 200-foot ledge to safety.

Paddy was named in honor of the construction worker who patiently coaxed him away from a 200-foot ledge to safety.

The next day, the workers contacted the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’S Animals for help. We enlisted a rescuer from an Alliance Participating Organization to pick up the cat, who we named Paddy after his rescuer, and took him to one of our partner veterinarians. Paddy did not have a microchip, and attempts to determine the origin of the pipes in which he traveled (in the hopes of determining Paddy’s town of origin) were unsuccessful. So Paddy, who already was neutered and determined to be six-to-eight years old, was microchipped, vaccinated, de-wormed, and provided much-needed dental work and a bath. Paddy is currently recovering from his ordeal and resting comfortably at the vet’s office, awaiting adoption.

Paddy definitely has the luck of the Irish, and is looking forward to his new life in the Big Apple. Like so many Little New Yorkers, he was only one good deed away from finding a new beginning. Won’t you help us give more Little New Yorkers the second chances they deserve? Let your donation be your good deed today that helps save a life. Donate now.

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Protect Your Pets from Fourth of July Fireworks & Other Summer Hazards


PRPhoto-4thofJuly01Sizzling summer temperatures also pose threats to pets

Monday, June 30, 2014 – New York, NY – With the Fourth of July right around the corner and the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a hot and humid summer in New York City, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals advises pet owners to take precautions to keep their furry friends safe from summertime hazards.

Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance, said, “While for many New Yorkers, Fourth of July fireworks are a favorite summertime highlight, fireworks can pose serious threats to our pets. As responsible pet owners, we need to take precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. These simple tips can help ease your pet’s fear and anxiety caused by firecrackers and reduce the likelihood that your pet will run away and become lost.”

  • Take your dog for a walk before the fireworks begin. A good long walk or exercise can tire the dog out and help keep her calm when the explosions begin.
  • Keep pets indoors when fireworks are underway. Close the windows and curtains, and if you can, run the air conditioner or the television to cut down on the noise and excessive flashes of light. Darkness can be calming to pets in these situations.
  • Fireworks can be scary for pets. Try not to leave your pets home alone. Be there to comfort them. Create a comforting place of escape for them — perhaps a box, a crate, or a comfy place to curl up.
  • Do not under any circumstances bring pets to an outdoor fireworks display. At the very least it will frighten them, and there is a great risk that they will escape from you and become lost. And no matter what time of year, make sure your dogs and cats are microchipped and are wearing proper ID tags.

If your pet becomes lost, immediately file a Lost Pet Report with Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), go to your nearest AC&C Care Center to look for your pet, and search AC&C’s Found Pet Database. For more information about what to do if you lose or find a pet, visit

Hoffman cautioned that even when the Fourth of July is over, there are other summer hazards. She added, “Dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable in high heat and humidity. Following a few common sense tips and taking some precautions will keep your pet safe, healthy, happy and comfortable, so everyone can enjoy this warm weather season.”

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car, even for a “minute.”Even with a window cracked open, a parked car can heat up dramatically and pose immediate danger to an animal. If you see a pet in a parked car, seek out a police officer or call 9-1-1 for help.
  • Don’t take your dogs out during the hottest time of the day. This will help protect them from overheating and sunburn. Yes! Your dog can get sunburn. Also, remember that asphalt, blacktop, and concrete can get hot! Make sure to pick up the little ones (25 pounds and under) who are close to the ground. The radiating heat can contribute to your dog overheating, and burn their paws.
  • If you take your dog for a walk in hot, humid conditions, wet his or her coat thoroughly — including the paws and outside of the ears — before you leave home. Bring water!
  • Limit your dog’s exercise. A dog’s temperature can soar to 106 degrees in a flash. If your dog begins to exhibit signs of distress — heavy panting, difficulty breathing, bright red tongue, vomiting, and/or unsteadiness — get him to a cool place and call your veterinarian.
  • Make sure your cats and dogs always have access to clean, fresh water.
  • Check that your window screens are secure to protect your pets — especially cats — from falling out.

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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.

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Tips for Community Cat Caretakers on Building Community Relationships

This cat, relaxing in a garden, is part of a carefully managed and monitored Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colony. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

This cat, relaxing in a garden, is part of a carefully managed and monitored Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colony. (Photo by Thea Feldman)

Community cat caretakers are all too familiar with the daily challenges they face in managing a cat colony. The list of ongoing issues includes finding public acceptance of and support for the cats in their care and ensuring the safety of the cats from intentional harm. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is now taking the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in the five boroughs. This makes it more essential than ever before for community cat caretakers to be proactive about establishing relationships with both their local NYPD and community board members. As Mike Phillips, Community Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and President/Co-Founder of the Urban Cat League, states, “Getting face time and creating a relationship with the precinct and the community board proactively is a good idea should any problem ever develop regarding the safety of a cat colony.”

NYPD community precinct meetings and various community board committee meetings are held monthly throughout the five boroughs of New York City. These meetings are open to the public. They provide community cat caretakers with a forum to find out about what’s happening in their neighborhoods, and, importantly, to become known and respected by their local authorities. Jane Hoffman, President and Founder of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, urges community cat caretakers to attend these meetings regularly. “NYPD and local community board members will be much more responsive to constituents they know,” she says. Find your neighborhood NYPD Community Precinct meetings.

Community board committee meetings of particular interest for community cat caretakers are the Public Safety Committee (the focus is on law enforcement; issues involving animal cruelty should be addressed here) and the Health and Human Services Committee (The New York City Department of Health, which manages city animal shelters and other issues involving community cats, can be influenced through this committee). Find your local community board meetings.

These meetings provide an opportunity not only to gather information but, crucially, during this transitional time with the ASPCA, to help get the NYPD and community leaders up to speed with facts about community cats. Community cat caretakers should strongly consider speaking briefly at these meetings and sharing the following information with community board members, NYPD officers, and other attendees. They can also provide all meeting attendees with a number of handouts, as indicated below.

  • The basic difference between feral cats and stray cats. Put most simply for the uninitiated, feral cats are not socialized to human contact, while stray cats are lost or abandoned housecats.
  • The basics of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Explain that this is the only proven and effective way to control the feral cat population. TNR removes any problem behaviors associated with mating and territory and also controls the size of the colony. In addition, TNR is proven, environmentally safe rodent control. Additionally, explain that each spayed/neutered cat is left-ear-tipped before being returned to its colony in order to provide an immediate visual reference that it has undergone the procedure.
  • The nature of a managed community cat colony. The key word to use and explain is “managed.” As Sheila Massey, a long-time community cat caretaker, has stated at her local meetings, “After TNR, these cats are managed, i.e., fed, sheltered, and monitored. Caretakers know the colony members and their behaviors.” Caretakers know when a cat or cats are missing. Caretakers need to explain to law enforcement officials and community board members that they are reliable sources for reporting potential foul play regarding the cats in their care.
  • TNR is covered by Local Law 59. Bring handouts of this law to the meeting, with the definitions for feral cat (§ 17-802c) and TNR (§ 17-802g) highlighted for easy reference. Local Law 43 contains several amendments to Local Law 59 — you might consider bringing printouts of that law to the meeting, as well.
  • Feral cats are not considered wildlife in New York. All cats, domestic and feral, are considered to be companion animals, protected from animal cruelty by Article 26, Section 353 of the New York State Agriculture & Markets Law. Bring handouts of this law to the meeting.
  • NYCFCI is a resource for community cat caretakers. Explain that the NYCFCI was established to solve NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through TNR, and provides TNR equipment loans, transportation of cats to and from spay/neuter appointments, and more to certified TNR caretakers. NYCFCI also conducts numerous workshops throughout the year and offers advice to the general public. Share their website address:

At the meeting, community cat caretakers can also distribute copies of the Community Cats and the Law question and answer sheet prepared by the ASPCA. (This information is also available in Spanish and Mandarin.)

TNR caretakers who are knowledgeable, brief, and polite in their presentations can go a long way toward building understanding with the NYPD, community board members, and other attendees about the needs of community cats. (Photo by Krista Menzel)

TNR caretakers who are knowledgeable, brief, and polite in their presentations can go a long way toward building understanding with the NYPD, community board members, and other attendees about the needs of community cats. (Photo by Krista Menzel)

Hoffman emphasized that it’s important that caretakers who attend these meetings be knowledgeable, brief, and polite in their presentations. Being prepared and articulate at these meetings can go a long way toward building understanding with the NYPD, community board members, and other attendees about the needs of community cats. It is important to not monopolize the meeting and, as a community cat caretaker, to not get carried away by the deep passions that naturally arise when those cats face safety issues. Caretakers might finish up their short presentation by asking community board members or NYPD officers for a follow up meeting with appropriate individuals to delve deeper into the facts and issues surrounding community cats.

Caretakers can also consider reaching out to their local City Council members to begin a dialogue about community cats. Find your City Council member.

Massey’s experiences are proof that attending community meetings and speaking succinctly and politely about community cats and TNR can pay off. She garnered enough interest about the cats and TNR at meetings that when she extended the invitation to some police officers to come and meet her colony, they accepted. Her continued efforts proved to be instrumental in getting the police to open a case file when it looked like cats in another caretaker’s colony in the community were being poisoned. In addition, the officers who visited Massey’s colony decided to share their new understanding about TNR with the rest of their precinct by writing an article about it for their precinct newsletter.

Apparently, that article was read by at least some of their fellow members on the force. According to Massey, when another caretaker in the community was trying to rescue a pregnant community cat that was stuck in a boarded up vacant lot, someone in the neighborhood called the police to report her for trespassing. When the police showed up and understood that the situation was strictly about TNR, they allowed the caretaker to proceed. It actually took the caretaker a few days to trap the cat, and when she did so, she had NYPD officers watching and making sure she wasn’t harassed! This is a great example of how brief, articulate, and polite presentations at community meetings before an issue arises, can benefit the community cats in your care.

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