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An extended season of adoption events in 2008 will create more happy homes for NYC's homeless animals.

An extended season of adoption events in 2008 will create more happy homes for NYC's homeless animals.

Out of the Cage!

Spring 2008

We welcome you to our first issue of Out of the Cage! for 2008. These past months have been busy ones for the Mayor's Alliance and its 150-plus participating organizations (APOs) — and many of them have the adoption numbers to prove it!

Now in the fourth year of our ten-year strategic plan to transform our city into a no-kill community, our challenges remain constant, and our adoption targets ever loom before us. For this reason, it's important that we continue working in the collaborative spirit in which the Mayor's Alliance was founded nearly six years ago — working together, working harder, working smarter.

In this issue you'll read about how Mayor's Alliance groups are working together to save lives. For example, you'll read about how North Shore Animal League, which became an Alliance member in 2007, generously has made its adoption vans available many weekends this year to other Alliance member groups, including Animal Care & Control, to give these groups and their animals more face time with the public and create many more adoptions. I particularly want to thank North Shore Animal League America's Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Operations and Emergency Rescue, for her part in making the vans available, in the true spirit of collaboration.

You'll read about how Mayor's Alliance groups are working harder — going that extra mile to save a few, or many, more lives. Look at KittyKind, for example, with its Extra Special Cats program — going to great lengths to match adopters with seniors and other special cats and kittens. Or consider Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, one of our partners in the care of our Picasso Veterinary Fund animals — that made the extra effort to collect donations of food to distribute to Mayor's Alliance member shelters and rescue groups.

And working smarter? Yes, you'll read about the specialized information sessions being offered to APOs through our 2008 Strength Training series. By the robust response we've received from our members to these training opportunities, it's clear that we're focused on working smarter — to get the job done.

Lastly, I want to thank author Karen Delise for graciously agreeing to pen an article for this issue of Out of the Cage! Karen's enlightening article can help dispel some of the negative myths about Pit Bulls and cast a positive light on this much-maligned breed.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Out of the Cage! As always, if you have comments or questions about the newsletter, please e-mail me at


Best wishes,

Jane Hoffman

President, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals


In This Issue…

"I Love NYC Pets" Month Brings Big Love in Diverse Areas

New Mayor's Alliance Program Offers Free Neuters for NYC Tomcats

Special Maddie's Fund® Grant Gives KittyKind's Extra Special Cats a Leg Up on Adoption

Picasso Veterinary Fund in Action: Recovered and Ready for New Homes

Mayor's Alliance Events: What's Coming Soon?

Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists Food Drive Benefits Mayor's Alliance Groups

Weruva Pet Food Supports Wheels of Hope Transport Program

America's Blame Game Goes to the Dogs

by Karen Delise

The Big Apple Goes Orange for ASPCA Day

Enhanced Feral Cat Initiative Website to Spur Greater Involvement by Caring New Yorkers

Two Mayor's Alliance Participating Shelters Are Finalists in Zootoo Shelter Makeover Contest

Mayor's Alliance Promotes Efforts for Animals on YouTube

Mayor's Alliance Strength Training Sessions Draw Keen Audiences

The Alliance in the Media: Shining a Spotlight on NYC's Animals

Linda's Feral Cat Assistance Creates a Bright Future for Feather

AmbuVet Brings High Level of Medical Care to Animal Transport

In Every Issue…

Calendar of NYC Animal Events

APO Wish List

YOU Can Help!

Other Newsletters

About Maddie's Fund


Newsletter Team

Editor-in-Chief: Steve Gruber

Art Director: Krista Menzel

Senior Writer: Steve Gruber

Contributing Writer: Karen Delise

Photographers: Rick Edwards, Janell Granier, Laura Moss, Meredith Weiss

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals welcomes reprints of the articles in Out of the Cage! To request permission to reprint any of these articles, please contact us at