Friday, September 25, 2009

Find Your Purr-fect Friend at the Javits Center During Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Adopt-A-Cat Event, October 17 & 18, 2009

Hundreds of Cats & Kittens Available at the Javits Center in NYC's Biggest Cat Adoption Event of the Year

NEW YORK, NY – Friday, September 25, 2009 – Adopt-A-Cat, New York City's largest annual cat adoption event, takes place this year during New York Week for the Animals, with hundreds of cats and kittens featured for adoption. This year's Adopt-A-Cat has a new location — the Javits Center on Eleventh Avenue and West 34th–39th Streets. The event is presented by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, powered by Maddie's Fund, the Pet Rescue Foundation.

Cat-loving New Yorkers are encouraged to attend this free event on Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at the Javits Center. Don't miss this opportunity to find your feline match. Adoption fees and policies are determined by each of the nearly two-dozen participating shelters and rescue groups that will have cats available for adoption at the event.

In addition to adoptions, the event also features free giveaways to adopters, cat tattoos for kids, and a book signing opportunity with author Don Loprieno, whose book, The Stony Point Whisker Club, tells the tale of unusual companions, unintended consequences, and the formation of a very special and lasting relationship. Don will donate a portion of all proceeds from book sales at the event to the Mayor's Alliance.

The Adopt-A-Cat event is a yearly event for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and has become an essential life-saving endeavor as the city's animal shelters are inundated with homeless animals — especially cats and kittens. The shelters are taking in an overwhelming number of cats, largely due to people neglecting to have their cats spayed or neutered — especially those cats allowed outdoors. Unfortunately, some New Yorkers also are surrendering their companion animals to the shelters as a result of financial hardships, including foreclosures and loss of jobs. And sadly, some surrenders are simply due to the result of indifference on the part of irresponsible pet owners.

"Adopt-A-Cat offers potential adopters an unusual opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful cats and kittens under one roof," says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "Here they also have the opportunity to meet many of the rescue groups that are saving these cats from an unhappy fate every day. These rescuers know their cats and can help adopters make appropriate adoption choices."

Adopt-A-Cat will take place in tandem with the Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center — a first-ever event in NYC featuring the Cat Fanciers' Association and the American Kennel Club.

For more information about Adopt-A-Cat, contact the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals at (212) 252-2350 or


About the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie's Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation, is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters. To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015.


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