Archive for November, 2009

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Partners with the Animal Relief Fund to Help Feed NYC’s Hungry Pets

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals recently announced a partnership with the Animal Relief Fund (ARF), the first not-for-profit organization in the city to distribute donated pet food to local food banks. With the help of two New York State food banks, Long Island Cares, and Food Bank for New York City , ARF has fed hundreds of furry, four legged little New Yorkers. With the holiday season around the corner, the Mayor’s Alliance wants to bolster ARF’s success by asking New Yorkers to celebrate the season of giving by donating to the program during the holidays.

ARF was founded in November 2008 by Susan Kaufman, a New York lawyer and pet parent. Susan felt a need to respond to the crisis faced by many pet-owning New Yorkers who, because of the challenging economy, are having trouble providing food for their pets. “Food stamps don’t cover the costs of pet food,” says Kaufman, “so this program offers a solution for many families with pets.”

The food bank model program was launched as an experiment with the Yorkville Common Pantry ( in Upper Manhattan, using generous pet food donations from “Calling All Pets,” a New York City pet food store. At first, a few families signed up to receive pet food, but within two months, the number of pets grew to 40, and two months later, more than doubled. Soon after, ARF started delivering pet food to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger ( and Reaching Out Community Services ( in Bensonhurst. Today, ARF helps to supply pet food to hundreds of New York City pet owners, thereby succeeding in its goal to keep pets with their families, where they belong, and out of the shelters.

“We want to raise awareness within the community about the hardships faced by many New York City pet owners and their struggle to provide food and care for their cherished family pets,” explains Kaufman. “By working through the local pantry network of Food Bank for New York City and Long Island Cares, and by enlisting the support of individuals and businesses throughout New York City, we can expand the program to include additional food pantries in the city and the surrounding areas.”

How You Can Help:

Visit ARF’s website ( and make an online donation to help purchase pet food. a. Donations may also be made by mail to ARF Inc., P.O. Box 1530, New York, NY 10028.

Donate dog or cat food to the program. To find out how, contact ARF by email, or by regular mail to ARF Inc., P.O. Box 1530, New York, NY 10028.

If you volunteer at a local food bank, please inquire about setting up a pet food program at your location.

A wide range of services are available to New York City pet owners in need of low-cost pet care options. For information about many of these services, visit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals website at Here you’ll find information about Financial Assistance and Low-Cost options for Veterinary Care, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs & Clinics, Low-Cost Microchipping, Food banks that provide Pet Food, and how to access Low-Cost Temporary Pet Boarding & Foster Care.

Leander,TX: Help Support HSWC and see 101 Dalmations at the Long Center

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

One of the world’s greatest classic tales hits the stage for the first time with THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL. Audiences will be transported to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience!

Led by the creative team of director Jerry Zaks (La Cage Aux Folles, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Everybody Loves Raymond), book writer B.T. McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Cabaret) and composer Dennis DeYoung (a founding member of the rock group STYX, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL also features a surprise grand finale showcasing the tremendous talents of the professional and rescued Dalmatians that will leave audiences cheering!

Special Offer to the Humane Society of Williamson County:
Use code HSWC and receive $10 off* your 101 Dalmatians tickets to the Long Center, Nov. 24-29.  Call 512.474.LONG (5664) or visit for more info. *not valid with any other offer or on previous purchase.

Sorry, Dogs Not Allowed at the performance.

Tempe AZ: Take Rover for a worthwhile walk in the park

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Animal lovers and their dogs will join in the annual “Walk to Save Animals,” which raises funds to rescue abandoned and homeless pets. The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL/SPCA) will hold its annual fundraising event, the Walk to Save Animals:
Date: Sat., Nov. 14, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Suggested Minimum Donation: $25.00
To Register or For More Information: Go to or call 480-423-1511

One of the most popular events to save animals in the Valley, the 2008 walk attracted more than 1,500 people, along with about 750 dogs.
This year’s event will include a host of activities for adults, kids and dogs:
PetZone Booths, games, prizes, dogs for adoption and a “doggie dating game” to find your perfect match
ActivityZone Face painting, “adopt-a-pet” custom plush toy center and adventure activities for all ages
FunZone Pet photos with Santa, animal demonstrations, critter corral and more
FoodZone Snacks, drinks, ice cream and more