4th ANNUAL “I LOVE NYC PETS” MONTH – WITH CITY-WIDE PET ADOPTION EVENTS

In February, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of more than 160 animal rescue groups and shelters working to transform New York City into a no-kill community, will once again shine a spotlight on New York City’s homeless pets with its annual month-long pet adoption campaign, “I Love NYC Pets” month. This year, the Mayor’s Alliance is delighted to welcome TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, as the campaign’s official sponsor. TD Bank, with more than 75 locations in all five NYC boroughs, will host eight pet adoption events throughout the month of February, featuring dogs and cats for adoption from some of the rescue organizations that comprise the Mayor’s Alliance.

To kick-off “I Love NYC Pets” month and this important partnership, TD Bank will host a morning celebration at its bank location at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue on February 3, 2010. Plus, pet owners are invited to open an account with TD Bank and receive a $25 bonus with the account.

“We’re excited that TD Bank is joining us in our efforts to promote pet adoption, and are confident that this partnership will result in an increased number of successful pet adoptions through visible community events,” says Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

TD Bank is one of the 15 largest banks in the U.S., with approximately 23,000 Employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. “TD Bank is proud to sponsor “I Love NYC Pets” month and help the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals raise awareness about pet adoption,” says Brandon C. Williams, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, New York, “When we do business in an area we truly become part of the community and try to help as much as we can when need arises.”

To encourage more pet adoptions during “I Love NYC Pets” month, Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C), an Alliance Participating Organization, will offer extended adoption hours (until 7:30 pm every day) at its three locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and will waive adoption fees for cats older than one year.

Not ready to adopt? The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals encourages you to contact an animal shelter or rescue group in your area and find out how you can volunteer, foster a pet, or donate funds or supplies to support their valuable work. To locate a shelter or rescue group in your neighborhood, visit www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org/aboutus/apos/borough.htm .

Following is a list of upcoming I Love NYC Pets Month events: Please note that more events will be added to the February events listing throughout the month; for the most current listing of special events and regular adoption hours at each animal shelter, please visit www.ILoveNYCPets.org.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Social Tees / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Saturday, February 6.

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 666 Broadway (at Bond Street), Manhattan

Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event. For more information, contact Robert Shapiro at (212) 614-9653 or robert@socialtees.com, or visit the Social Tees Animal Rescue web site.

Animal Care & Control of NYC Adoption Event
Date: Saturday, February 6

Location: Manhattan Vet Group (240 East 80th Street)
Time: Noon – 4 pm

Dogs and cats will be up for adoption.

Loving Touch: Valentine’s Pet Adoption Event & Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, February 6

Time: Noon–5:00 p.m.

Location: North Presbyterian Church of Flushing, 25-33 154th Street, Flushing, Queens

Meet some of our rescued animals, and enjoy sweets, raffles, and gift ideas for your Valentine, including hand-knitted doggie coats in all sizes. Some of our younger members will join us, so please stop by their table to make them feel good about helping to raise money for the animals. Bring your sweetie (2- or 4-legged) for a Valentine photo ($5 donation per photo). Bring a donation of new, unopened cat or dog food, wee-wee pads, paper towels and plates, or postage stamps. For more information, contact Loving Touch at (718) 224-8629 or Kittygurl22@hotmail.com, or visit the Loving Touch web site.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Empty Cages Collective: Adoption Day at PS9 Pet Supplies
Date: Sunday, February 7

Time: 12:30–5:30 p.m.

Location: PS9 Pet Supplies, 169 North 9th Street (between Bedford and Driggs Avenues), Brooklyn

Meet our lovable cats and kittens transferred from AC&C and from our ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return projects. All cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FELV, and treated for parasites prior to adoption. All adoptions require a completed application and references, a home visit and drop-off, and a $75 minimum adoption donation. For more information, contact Empty Cages Collective at (800) 880-2684 or emptycagescollective@gmail.com, or visit the Empty Cages Collective web site.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Wanted: Lovey-Dovey Pet Adoption Event
Date: Saturday, February 13

Time: 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 414 80th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues), Brooklyn

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an opportunity to save the life or a shelter pet! Animals for adoption will be provided by North Shore Animal League or Animal Care & Control of NYC. ID and adoption fee required for adoptions. For more information, contact Kimmy Reilly at kimmy.reilly@credit-suisse.com.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Anjellicle Cats Rescue / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Sunday, February 14

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 685 Third Avenue (at 43rd Street), Manhattan

Cats and kittens will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event.

For more information, contact Angelica Lema at (908) 577-4816 or info@anjelliclecats.com, or visit the Anjellicle Cats Rescue web site.

Saturday, February 20

Posh Pets Rescue / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Saturday, February 20

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 2109 Broadway (at 74th Street), Manhattan

Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event.

For more information, contact Linda Vetrano at (917) 319-4304 or mslondonspets@aol.com, or visit the Posh Pets Rescue web site.

Animal Care & Control of NYC Adoption Event
Date: Saturday, February 20

Location: Petland Discounts, Bay Plaza (2188 Bartow Avenue #188
Bronx, NY 10475)

Time: Noon – 4 pm

Dogs and cats will be up for adoption.

Empty Cages Collective: Cat & Kitten Adoption Day at 8 of Swords Tattoo
Date: Saturday, February 20

Time: Noon–5:00 p.m.

Location: 8 of Swords Tattoo, 178A North 8th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Meet our rescued cats and kittens at this unique neighborhood tattoo shop and art gallery. All cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FELV, and treated for parasites prior to adoption. All adoptions require a completed application and references, a home visit and drop-off, and a $75 minimum adoption donation.

For more information, contact Empty Cages Collective at (800) 880-2684 or emptycagescollective@gmail.com, or visit the Empty Cages Collective web site.

Sunday, February 21

Tavi & Friends / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 8206 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street), Brooklyn

Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event. For more information, contact Mary Bruce at (646) 872-1533 or Tavi2@earthlink.net, or visit the Tavi & Friends web site.

Saturday, February 27

Animal Care & Control of NYC Adoption Event
Date: Saturday, February 27

Location: TD Bank, 1837 Richmond Ave in Staten Island NY 10314

Time: Noon – 4 pm

Dogs and cats will be up for adoption.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 210-212 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn

Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event. For more information, contact Charles Henderson at (718) 436-5163 or charles.seancaseyanimalrescue@gmail.com, or visit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue web
site.

Social Tees / TD Bank: Adoption Van at TD Bank
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: TD Bank, 1837 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island

Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside TD Bank at this special “I Love NYC Pets” Month event. For more information, contact Robert Shapiro at (212) 614-9653 or robert@socialtees.com, or visit the Social Tees Animal Rescue web site.

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals: Adoption Van at Community Bookstore
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m.

Location: Community Book Store, 143 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Cats and kittens will be available for adoption in the North Shore Animal League America adoption van outside Community Bookstore. For more information, contact Siobhan Healy at (917) 449-2448 or siobhan@AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

For more event listings, please visit www.ILoveNYCPets.org

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 160 animal rescue groups and shelters that is 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. For more information about the Mayor’s Alliance and its participating organizations, please visit www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation (www.maddiesfund.org), is a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. To achieve this goal, Maddie’s Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations where animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the veterinary curriculum; in private practice veterinarians to encourage greater participation in the animal welfare cause; and in the implementation of national strategies to collect and report shelter statistics. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.



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