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One of the summer's highlights was the Mayor's Alliance / Maddie's Pet Rescue Project's sponsorship of the Brooklyn Cyclones' Bark in the Park night on August 12. (Photo by Rick Edwards)

One of the summer's highlights was the Mayor's Alliance / Maddie's Pet Rescue Project's sponsorship of the Brooklyn Cyclones' Bark in the Park night on August 12.

Photo by Rick Edwards

Out of the Cage!

Summer 2008

Welcome to our summer's end issue of Out of the Cage! We're delighted that it has indeed been a busy season — from Broadway to baseball, fashion-fundraising to feral cats — and our efforts to transform New York City into a no-kill community are gaining new supporters and creating new relationships as we move ahead.

In this issue you'll read about some of the summers' exciting adoption events and our new free spay/neuter program for cats, funded by the PETCO Foundation. You'll read about some of the cats and dogs whose lives were saved thanks to the Picasso Veterinary Fund, and the organizations like Broadway Barks and Pet Fashion Week NYC, whose financial support is fueling the fund. You'll read about new training opportunities in the coming weeks for Alliance members, about an important new resource for shelter veterinary personnel from Maddie's Fund, and about our new NYC Feral Cat Initiative website and e-newsletter, which we proudly launched this summer.

We hope you'll join us next month at our all-important Adopt-A-Cat event at Madison Square Garden on the weekend of October 18–19. This is one of our most important adoption events of the year, because it's where hundreds of cats and kittens find new homes. We hope you'll plan to attend, and bring everyone you know who is even thinking about adopting a cat. There are so many cats and kittens who need homes, and I firmly believe that there are just as many homes that would benefit from having a cat or kitten!

Please 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…

APOs in the News

Picasso Veterinary Fund in Action: Crystal and Pepper Beat Serious Illnesses, Now Await New Homes

PETCO Foundation Grant Funds New Spay/Neuter Program for NYC Cats

Maddie's Fund® Provides New Resource for Rescue Veterinary Personnel

Adopt-A-Cat Coming to Madison Square Garden October 18–19

"Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC" Benefit Set for October 6

Mayor's Alliance Sponsors "Bark in the Park" in Coney Island

Broadway Barks Celebrates 10 Years of Saving Lives

Pet Fashion Week Supports the Mayor's Alliance in Style

Senior Pets Awaiting New Homes Get Their Own Blog!

NYC Feral Cat Initiative Launches New Website and E-Newsletter

Pet Owners Get Help in Making Healthcare Decisions for Their Pets

Calling All Shelters, Rescue Groups, and Supporters to Zootoo!

APOs Learn How to Prepare for Disasters…and More

Mayor's Alliance and Participating Organizations Gain Important Media Coverage

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

Photographers: Rick Edwards, Steven Fromewick, Carole Milker, 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