Fall Fiesta - Saturday, October 2, 2010

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, with support from the ASPCA, 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.


About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach, and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit.



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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Presents a Lineup of Pet-Tastic Events This October

New York Week for the Animals kicks off on October 2 with Fall Fiesta, Courtesy of the ASPCA

New York, NY – Thursday, September 30, 2010 – October is a big month for animals, and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is celebrating in a big way! On Saturday, October 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Mayor's Alliance and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will host its second annual Fall Fiesta in Central Park to launch Animal World USA's New York Week for the Animals, a state-wide celebration commemorating New York's companion animals, and honoring the many organizations and people dedicated to their well-being.

The Fall Fiesta, set on the north end of Central Park at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard), will offer pet owners access to free essential services for pets, including:


Spay/Neuter for cats and dogs by the ASPCA from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. (Pets are received on a first-come, first-served basis.)


Microchipping for dogs and cats by the Mayor's Alliance, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

New Yorkers looking to adopt a furry new family member can meet wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption in the ASPCA's mobile adoption van, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those seeking information about pet-related issues can speak with on-site behavior and grooming experts.

Tavi & Friends, an Alliance Participating Organization (APO), will be on hand to demonstrate TTouch massage and other wellness therapies for pets. In true fiesta fashion, the event will feature great photo opportunities for kids with the six-foot Maddie's Fund Miniature Schnauzer mascot.

Other animal events coming your way in October include:

Our Hen House Launch Party

Friday, October 1, 2010

8:00–10:30 p.m.

MooShoes, 78 Orchard Street , Manhattan

Our Hen House, the new non-profit devoted to animal rights and activism, is thrilled to announce their official launch event, featuring special guest Jane Velez-Mitchell and speakers Joshua Katcher, Victoria Moran, Jasmin Singer, and Marianne Sullivan; scrumptious vegan chocolates provided by Rescue Chocolates; wine provided by Frey Wines; an irresistible vegan raffle; and divine live cello music. Founded by long-time animal activists Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, Our Hen House serves as a central clearinghouse for ideas and opportunities to create positive change for animals ranging from grassroots activism to advocacy through the arts. With a website, blog, podcast, and numerous online videos, Our Hen House utilizes multi-media to heighten awareness regarding the treatment of animals, and suggests practical ways to make positive change that anyone can incorporate into their lives. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jasmin Singer at or jasmin@ourhenhouse.org, or visit the Our Hen House website.

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals: Free Dog & Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Arrival: 7:15–8:30 a.m.

AC&C Brooklyn Animal Care Center, 2336 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Appointment required.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Barbara at (917) 579-1955.

Church of the Ascension / Dog Habitat Rescue: Blessing of Animals and Remembrance

Sunday, October 3, 2010

3:30 p.m. – Dog parade from Unleash: Brooklyn to church

4:00 p.m. – Service

Church of the Ascension, 127 Kent Street (between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue), Brooklyn

On this day we gather to bless our animal friends and ask for their health and joy in the coming year. In addition, we will be having a remembrance of those animals we've loved who have died. Beginning at 3:30 there will be a processional of rescue dogs from Dog Habitat Rescue. If you would like to join the parade, meet at Unleash: Brooklyn (216 Franklin Street) with the whole array of animals for a New Orleans style procession to the church! All are welcome — cats, dogs, and all creatures great and small — inside the chapel for the service. Following the service there will be a reception with animal and human refreshments.  Dogs must be on leash. Cats, rodents, and other animals must be in carriers. Teddy bears may roam freely if accompanied by a child.

For more information, visit the Dog Habitat Rescue website.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: St. Francis Day Fair and Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 3, 2010

11:00 a.m. – Blessing of the Animals Service

1:00–4:00 p.m. – St. Francis Day Fair

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 111th and West 112th Streets), Manhattan

The annual festival service, blessing of the animals, and afternoon fair are coming up! Visitors can expect to see a great variety of animals process up the nave, including a yak, a tortoise, baby swans, and a macaw. Directly after the service, Cathedral Clergy will be available for blessings on the Close, where the Cathedral's annual Saint Francis Day Fair will also be held. The Fair's themes — celebration of creation, compassion, and faithful stewardship of the Earth — align with the vision and work of this beloved Saint. Public tickets for the service will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at 9:00 a.m., one pass per person.

For more information, contact the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at (212) 316-7490, or visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine website.

P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County: Fall Mega Yard Sale

Saturday, October 9, 2010

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Finlay Avenue (off Bayview between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road) Prince's Bay, Staten Island

Multi-family contributions of old and brand new items mean you're sure to find something you'll like. All proceeds go to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue's efforts to help homeless animals on Staten Island. Find a hidden treasure! Our special guest, David B. Brown from Richmond Galleries, will be joining us between 10:00 and 2:00 to appraise your antiques for a small donation.

For more information, contact P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County at (718) 356-4332 or plutorescue@aol.com, or visit the P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County website.

Liberty Humane Society: 7th Annual Bark in the Park

Sunday, October 10, 2010

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Liberty State Park (North Field), 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ

Join Liberty Humane Society for a fun-filled day of activities and events with your dog. The day begins with a picturesque two-mile walk in Liberty State Park and continues with music from Fresh 102.7, games, contests (including a weight-pull and costume contest for your pet), and demonstrations by the Jersey City Police Department K9 Unit and by an agility course professional. If you prefer shopping, there will be several craft and pet product vendors as well as terrific silent auction items that cannot be missed! Looking for a new best friend? Come wander down Adoption Alley, where we will have dogs and pictures of cats who are looking for their forever homes. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers and contest winners! Admission to the event, walk, and free microchipping for one dog is only $20 per person.

For more information, contact Liberty Humane Society at (201) 547-4147 x0 or dogwalk@libertyhumane.org, or visit the Liberty Humane Society website. To register and begin fundraising for the walk, visit the FirstGiving website.

Central Park PAWS / Central Park Conservancy: My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair

Saturday, October 16, 2010

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield (near 72nd Street), Manhattan

Hosted by Central Park PAWS, a program of the Central Park Conservancy, the Fair celebrates the vibrant dog community in Central Park and promotes the responsible care and stewardship of Central Park for the enjoyment of all visitors — canine and human alike! This premier event features a "Best in Park" dog show, agility course, microchipping, entertainment, Canine Good Citizen testing, children's activities, story-telling, and much, much more. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will provide low-cost microchipping ($25, includes insertion and registration). Dogs and families are invited to join the fun. Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Central Park PAWS website.

Stray from the Heart: 10th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, October 18, 2010

7:00–10:00 p.m.

Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues), Manhattan

Join Broadway stars Bernadette Peters and Nick Mayo along with Animal Planet's Victoria Stilwell and Q104.3 host Maria Milito for this celebration! Two hours of premium open bar and specialty hors d'oeuvres and live jazz/Latin music by Spectrum. Admission is $100 (tax-deductible).

For more information or tickets, visit the Stray from the Heart website.

The Art Dogs & Cats of NY Reception & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 21, 2010

6:00–9:00 p.m.

548 Broadway, 3rd Floor, (between Prince and Spring Streets), Manhattan

This art exhibition features 12 unique, hand-painted cast-stone statues of dogs and cats donated by local artists to help raise funds for A Tail at a Time, Bideawee, Ready for Rescue, Stray from the Heart, and Waggin' Train Rescue. The collection is an amazing display of artistic creativity that will delight art- and animal-lovers alike. The statues were displayed for six weeks at PetHealthStore, culminating in this reception and silent auction on October 21. Enjoy live music and refreshments, meet the artists, see the statues in person, and find out more about the great work these amazing rescue groups are doing in your community! Bids are accepted both during the event or in advance. Admission is $15 ($10 for students).

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact PetHealthStore at (212) 595-4200, or visit The Art Dogs & Cats of NY website.

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals / Best Friends Animal Society / ASPCA: Pet Bull Palooza

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Crotona Park, Bronx

Celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day at this fun event for Pit Bull Terriers and other short-haired muscular mutts and the people who love them. Free spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats provided by the ASPCA, free microchipping by the Mayor's Alliance, free gifts, and much more.

More information coming soon.

Bobbi and the Strays: Halloween Masquerade Ball

Thursday, October 28, 2010

7:00–11:30 p.m.

Russo's on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, Queens

Dance and party while MRG productions spins all night long in this elegant banquet hall on the water! Enjoy a fun evening of music, dancing, costume contest, full white-glove dinner, and unlimited beer, wine, and soda. Costumes are optional — but don't forget that there will be a costume contest with prizes awarded. Raffles and silent and live auctions will give you the chance to win some wonderful items. Attendees can also bid on fabulous items during our silent and live auctions. Admission is $100 for adults, $50 for children (12 and under).

For more information or to reserve tickets or tables, contact Bobbi and the Strays at (718) 845-0779 or (917) 213-9840 or events@bobbicares.org, or visit the Bobbi and the Strays website.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center: Halloween Party & Casino Night

Thursday, October 28, 2010

6:00–11:00 p.m.

Chateau La Mer, 845 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, Long Island

Join Little Shelter for a frightfully fun evening at the hauntingly beautiful Chateau La Mer on the Great South Bay. Enjoy faboolous food, fangtastic casino games, transylvanian twisting, a spooktacular silent auction, and awards for the most bewitching costumes. Costumes are encouraged by not required. Tickets are $100 each, with discounts available for tables of 5 or 10 people.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at (631) 368-8770 x206, or visit the Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center website.


For a full listing of upcoming events, visit the Mayor's Alliance Calendar of NYC Animal Events.

To view the lineup of New York Week for the Animals events, visit the New York Week for the Animals website.


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