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Out of the Cage! The Blog of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

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This holiday season, give a gift of love by giving a Maddie's Pet Adoption Certificate!

This holiday season, give a gift of love by giving a Maddie's Pet Adoption Certificate!

Out of the Cage!

Holiday 2006

As 2006 draws to a close, here in NYC we have a lot to celebrate in terms of progress toward our goal of creating a no-kill NYC. Year Two of the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project in NYC is winding down with impressive results, as many Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) have exceeded their adoption goals for the year. We are eager to begin our third year of the Maddie's project in January 2007, and want to express our deep appreciation to Maddie's Fund for its continued belief in, and support of, our programs in NYC.

This year we saw an important advance in NYC's spay/neuter efforts, when non-profit veterinary clinics at four APOs — the ASPCA, Animal Care & Control, Bide-A-Wee, and The Humane Society of New York — joined the Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC. These organizations greatly enhance our current roster of veterinarians — members of the Veterinary Medical Association of NYC — who are providing low-cost spays and neuters for pets of NYC residents who have a Medicaid card.

We also cannot end the year without expressing once again our appreciation to the ASPCA, an Alliance founding member and a crucial supporter of the Alliance's programs. And to each and every Alliance member group, small and large — and every veterinarian, every volunteer, every person who donated funds or supplies to the Alliance's efforts, and perhaps most of all, to those wonderful people who adopted a furry little New Yorker this year — THANK YOU from the animals whose lives are being saved as a result of your caring and generosity.

Best wishes to all for a humane holiday and new year.


Jane Hoffman

President, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals


In This Issue…

Uptown/Downtown: New and Improved Adoption Facilities Expand Capacity

Maddie's Pet Adoption Certificate Promotes Responsible Pet Adoption for the Holidays

Maddie's Fund Adoption Poster Coming in January

Adoption Event Season Winds Down with a Successful Finish

Halloween Events Raise Funds and Awareness for NYC's Animals

Picasso Veterinary Fund in Action: Tiny Rescued Kitten to Celebrate First Birthday at Christmas

Rock Music, Matchbooks and Gingerbread Houses: Rational Animal's Incendiary Formula Ignites Animal Awareness in NYC

Mayor's Alliance Efforts Spotlight Education Around National Bird Day

Task Force Addresses Emergency Plans for NYC's Animals

Mayor's Alliance Gains Timely Media Coverage

Make a New Year's Resolution: Volunteer!

A Feral Cat Story

Spay Day USA Creates Awareness About an Important Solution to Pet Overpopulation

In Every Issue…

Calendar of NYC Animal Events

APO Wish List

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About Maddie's Fund


Newsletter Team

Editor-in-Chief: Steve Gruber

Art Director: Krista Menzel

Senior Writer: Steve Gruber

Contributing Writers: Jenny K. Chun, Nancy Fahnestock, Denise Kelly

Photographers: Rick Edwards, Tina McCormick, Krista Menzel, Carole Milker

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