Hotel Resident Feline’s Annual Celebration This Year Benefits

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

NEW YORK  (July 16, 2014) -- “Matilda & FURiends Salute Broadway” brings new meaning to the word catwalk, as The Algonquin’s famous house feline Matilda hosts her annual summer celebration with a cat fashion show and animal adoption event, benefitting the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. 

On Saturday, August 2, the MEWdels will be dressed to the nines (one for each of their lives). The hotel will also welcome special feline guests Tara the Hero Cat, famous this year for defending her human family’s son from an attacking neighborhood dog in Bakersfield, California (see viral video); and Vito Vincent, animal actor who starred last year in the role of “Cat” in the Broadway show, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Just outside the hotel’s front doors, the Mayor’s Alliance Adoption Van will be on site from 3:00pm-7:00pm for some very deserving kitties to find their forever homes.

A reception and Feline Fashions by Ada Nieves for Pets will take place from 5:00pm-7:30pm. For entry, a minimum $40 donation is requested for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

Matilda & FURiends Salute Broadway

CATurday, August 2, 2014

The Algonquin Hotel -- 59 West 44th Street, New York City

3:00pm-7:00pm     Mayor’s Alliance Adoption Van on Site

5:00pm-7:30pm    Reception & Feline Fashions by Ada Nieves for Pets ($40 donation)

RSVP Alice de Almeida at (212) 419-9197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook:  Matilda – The Algonquin Cat Twitter:  @Algonqueen

About Matilda: The longstanding tradition of having a “house feline” at The Algonquin began in the 1930s, when hotel owner Frank Case took in a stray. The first seven Algonquin cats were males, all named Hamlet, while subsequent felines have been females, all named Matilda. The current Matilda has reigned since December 2010, welcoming guests at the Front Desk, while still maintaining her modest if slightly haughty style. She is a beautiful Ragdoll adult cat who never reveals her age.

Special thanks to event sponsors:  jetBlue, QPG (Quaker Pet Group), CAT FANCY, Sergeant’s, Sturdi Products.

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The special grants program has provided $1.7 million to equine rescue groups across the U.S.

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has granted over $1.7 million to equine rescue groups assisting retired racehorses since launching the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative in 2010. A major grants program, the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter. The program repurposes the horses for other equine functions and gives them a new lease on life for events or pleasure riding. Now in its fifth year, this total includes this year’s grants: $250,000 to 25 equine rescue organizations as part of the 2014 ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative.

“The ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative began with an anonymous donation of $1 million, and we’ve been fortunate enough to carry on this much-needed grants program thanks to the continued generosity of that donor and many other animal advocates,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We’re grateful to have the resources to assist these rescues, which provide sanctuary and after-care to retired racers, saving them from ending up at livestock auctions and slaughterhouses.”

The organizations joining the list of rescues and sanctuaries as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative for 2014 are:

  • Akindale Rehabilitation & Land Conservation, N.Y.
  • Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, Va.
  • CANTER/National
  • CANTER, Mich.
  • CANTER, OH
  • Equine Outreach, Inc., Ore.
  • The Exceller Fund, Ky.
  • FL TRAC, Fla.
  • Friends of Ferdinand, Ind.
  • Hidden Acres TB Rescue, Fla.
  • Hooved Animal HS, Ill.
  • Kearney Area Community Fdtn/Double R ER, Neb.
  • Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Ky.
  • Makers Mark Secretariat Center, Ky.
  • MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Md.
  • Neigh Savers Fdtn, Calif.
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, OH
  • Red Bucket Equine Rescue, Calif.
  • Rerun Inc., Va.
  • Second Stride, N.Y.
  • Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, Calif.
  • Standardbred Retirement Foundation, N.J.
  • Thoroughbred Athletes, Okla.
  • Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Md.
  • United Pegasus Foundation, Calif.

The selected recipients include a wide range of equine rescues from 14 states, and will each be awarded a grant ranging from $1,500–$25,000.  The grant funding helps the groups increase capacity for rescuing more horses and this year primarily focused on training and rehabilitation costs such as veterinary care, therapeutic shoeing, and boarding to recover from career-ending injuries.

“We received 45 applications this year – the highest number of applications to date – and with so many strong candidates, it was difficult to select recipients knowing that lives hang in the balance,” said Schultz. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to these rescues to help them in their work to transition ex-racers out of the racing stable and into someone’s show barn or farm paddock.”

“Rescuing is only the beginning,” said Susan Peirce, president and founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, one of the grant recipients. “With deep appreciation to the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative, we will be able to continue to rescue, rehabilitate and train deserving equines.”

In 2013, the ASPCA awarded $1.4 million in grants to support equine rescues and sanctuaries in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which provides grants to non-profit equine welfare organizations in the U.S. for purposes in alignment with their efforts to protect horses. The grants program seeks to award equine organizations who strive to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices. Since 2008, the ASPCA Equine Fund has awarded a total of approximately $5.5 million to over 450 organizations.

The ASPCA has an extensive history of equine protection around the country and continues to assist domestic and wild horses through legislation, advocacy and targeted grants. To learn more about the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org.   

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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