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I Love NYC Pets Month Spay DayFor Immediate Release

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, HSUS and ASPCA Team Up for Spay Day

February Event to Celebrate I Love NYC Pets Month

What: The highlight event of the Fifth Annual I Love NYC Pets Month is a full-day Spay Day event on February 19, organized by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals® in partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Highlights of the event include:

Pet Adoptions

Free Veterinary Services, including spay/neuter clinics, microchipping, and vaccinations for dogs and cats

Dog Licensing by the City of New York Department of Department

Valuable Information from Pet Experts, including animal trainers and behaviorists, groomers, TTouch specialists, Jenny Olson and Joyce Friedman of from The HSUS Pets for Life Program, and others

Giveaways of nearly 5,000 pounds of Halo Spot's Stew donated by Freekibble

Giveaways of dog collars, leashes, and other items

Kids Zone featuring face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy

Appearances by the Stars of Doggie Moms, a new reality TV show that follows five women whose lives revolve around their dogs and provides useful information about City resources for dog owners, premiering February 16 at 9:30 p.m. on NYC life (channel 25)

Giveaways and Free Refreshments provided by TD Bank

Sweepstakes offering a host of great prizes

Why: February is I Love NYC Pets Month, a month-long celebration of the joys of adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group. The campaign will feature numerous events and festivities to shine a spotlight on NYC's homeless animals and the fact that pets are family, too! Spay Day is the annual global campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering their pets.

The February 19 event is supporting the Mayor's Alliance's goals of increasing pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates in an effort to transform New York City into a no-kill community, while also promoting responsible pet ownership.

When: February 19, 2011, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Please arrive at 7:00 a.m. for spay/neuter surgeries)

Where: Sara D. Roosevelt Park, East Houston Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets), Manhattan

For more information about this special I Love NYC Pets Month/Spay Day celebration and other citywide I Love NYC Pets Month events and festivities, please visit


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 NYC (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.

About The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.

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Mark Knight


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Patrick Kwan

The Humane Society of the United States

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