Wednesday, March 29, 2006

St. Paul the Apostle Church to Host Mayor's Alliance/Maddie's Pet Adoption Festival

New York, NY – Wednesday, March 29, 2006 – New Yorkers looking to put a little more love in their lives — in the form of a devoted pet – won't want to miss the upcoming pet adoption event on Saturday, April 1, at St. Paul the Apostle Church on Columbus Avenue at 60th Street, between 11 a.m and 4 p.m.

Dozens of darling and dashing Little New Yorkers, including cats, dogs and, yes, even rabbits from more than 15 area animal shelters and rescue groups, will be wiggling and wagging their way into the hearts of New Yorkers who are looking to add a family member or two this spring. All of the groups bringing animals to the event, including the ASPCA, Animal Haven Shelter, Bide-a-Wee, and NYC's Animal Care & Control, are members of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals — a coalition of more than 100 animal shelters and rescue groups that are working with the City of New York to transform New York City into a no-kill community.

New adopters and current pet owners who want to have their dogs or cats microchipped by a veterinarian can take advantage of a special low price of only $25 for each cat or dog (cash or check only). Microchipping is one of the best ways to ensure that if a pet becomes lost, he or she can be returned home.

Festival-goers also will have the opportunity to get their pet-related questions answered by a veterinarian, a groomer, and an animal trainer, who will be on-handat the event. And especially for the kids, Maddie, the human-size Miniature Schnauzer mascot for Maddie's Fund, will be available for hugs and photos.

The event is hosted by the Confirmation Class of St. Paul the Apostle Church. The children enrolled in the class — aged 12 to 14 – will help promote and stage the event.

This event is the first in a series of Pet Adoption Festivals sponsored by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Maddie's Fund taking place in New York City throughout 2006. The goal: to bring animals to the people and increase pet adoptions from shelters and rescue groups, especially among families and individuals who might be reluctant to visit an animal shelter.

Adopt a Little New Yorker Today!


The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie's Fund, is a coalition of more than 100 animal rescue groups and shelters that are working with the City of New York to find homes for every cat and dog in the city who needs one. For more information about the Mayor's Alliance and its Participating Organizations, please visit the Alliance website at

Maddie's Fund, also known as The Pet Rescue Foundation, is a $240 million family foundation established in 1999 to help communities throughout the U.S. eliminate the unnecessary killing of healthy and treatable homeless animals merely because they do not have homes. The foundation was created by Dave Duffield, founder and Board Chairman of the Silicon Valley-based software giant PeopleSoft, and his wife, Cheryl, in honor of the beloved family Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie, who died in 1997. For more information about Maddie's Fund, please visit their website at



Steve Gruber, Director of Communications

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Phone: (917) 359-6003

Fax: (212) 404-3205




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