Talkin' Pets News

March 9, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Good Dog U - Animal Planet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest  - ALICE DE ALMEIDA| EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 03/09/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT book

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by Leslie Martini & Illustrated by Massimo Mongiardo

August 3, 2018; Petaluma, California—A street cat is swept up into a glamorous life at the historic Algonquin Hotel in New York City, a well-known gathering place for writers, editors, and artists. With his predecessor Matilda as his guide, the scrappy Hamlet must learn the ropes of his luxurious new home. But will this stray cat take to life indoors? Hamlet seeks guidance from the writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table, where voices from the past help him find the courage to take his rightful place as king.

 

For those whose imaginations were captured by The Plaza's Eloise, they will find her feline counterpart in Hamlet: The Algonquin Cat.

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by: Leslie Martini

Illustrated by: Massimo Mongiardo

Publisher: Roundtree Press (an imprint of Cameron + Company)

ISBN: 978-1-944903-47-3

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages, 8 x 10

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Distributor: PGW

Retail: $16.95

Age Range: 4 to 8

Leslie Martini is a book author, copy editor, and freelance journalist. Her first book, Matilda: The Algonquin Cat, was published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in 2016 and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. Leslie works for Fraxa Research Foundation, and is an active member of 826 Boston, Writer’s Room Boston, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Massimo Mongiardo is a New York artist with a BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Massi's illustrations, drawings, and murals have appeared in children's books and a variety of locations throughout NYC including Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Battery Park, and on skateboards and hot-dog carts. Massi also illustrated Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, the Foreword INDIES Book-of-the-Year winner in “Biography.”

ROUNDTREE PRESS 149 Kentucky Street, Suite 7 • Petaluma, California 94952

707.769.1617 • Fax 415.223.8520 • www.roundtreepress.com

 

Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Animal Fundraiser

On August 2nd 

**Annual Event Celebrates the Official Party Debut of Resident Cat Hamlet VIII,

And Aims To Raise Over $10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July XX, 2018) — A group of feline fashion “mewdels” will take to the runway (held safely in the arms of their owners) in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves, in celebration of Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 2nd, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. This year's theme celebrates “The Purring 20’s”, the time of the great authors and celebrities who frequented the hotel’s famous Round Table. It also marks the official party debut of Hamlet, a young American Shorthair ginger cat who reigns over the Front Desk and observes from his own private treehouse, endearing himself to hotel guests and visitors alike, with warm greetings.

Highlights of the evening will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts
  • The Cat Fashion Show
  • A silent auction, featuring a variety of items, including Pet Tree Houses and Sleepypods, amongst other great pet treats, toys and cat foods
  • An on-site mobile adoption unit, that will be in front of the hotel that day from 3pm-7pm

Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, Pet Lifestyle Expert and author, Sandy Robins.

Tickets are available for $75 per person, which includes the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit https://www.501auctions.com/algonquincelebration.

Guests can also view advance copies of the new illustrated book, Hamlet – The Algonquin Cat, by Lesley Martini, with illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo, scheduled for release in

September 2018.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit from The Purring 20’s and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a hungry stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, another stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 12 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes eight Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. The current Hamlet began his residence in July 2017 with short visits with guests until he became comfortable in his surroundings. In fact, Hamlet has become so personable and engaging with guests that he has earned the nickname, “Hammy”. He loves a good nuzzle behind the ears and is curious about everything and everyone.

Today, Hamlet is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks him special meals on holidays. He receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world. He has recently been the subject of a painting that hangs above the Front Desk, by New York artist Marcus Pierno.  Hamlet can be found on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram.  He can also be reached via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.

Main Phone: 212-840-6800

 

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Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Fundraiser On August 3rd 

**Annual Event Celebrates Resident Cat, Matilda III, And Aims To Raise

$10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July 12, 2017) — It's not quite New York Fashion Week, but eight felines will be strutting their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves in celebration of The Algonquin Hotel's most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is a tribute to TONY award-winning musicals and highlights will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Desserts
  • Cat Fashion Show
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of items including Pet Tree Houses, Sleepy Pod, one-year supply of Merrick Cat Good, a pair of tickets to CATS the Musical featuring a backstage "meet and greet"
  • On-site mobile adoption unit will also be in front of the hotel that day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person which include the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit https://www.501auctions.com/algonquincelebration.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December of 2010. Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia.  Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  She can also be reached via e-mail.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.

 

Hotel’s legendary feline is celebrated and aims to raise $10,000 for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

 

NEW YORK, NY – (July 1, 2016) - Every year The Algonquin Hotel honors its most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat, with a celebration. The party will be held on Wednesday, August 10,from 5:00PM – 7:30PM in the hotel’s iconic lobby. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the cat fashion show and will feature a show by Ada Nieves, a certified animal fashion designer by the Fashion Institute of Technology. The theme of the fashion show, Through the Decades, will honor the iconic looks of the hotel’s most famous guests and patrons, including Al Hirschfeld, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Monroe, John Barrymore and many more!

In honor of the 10 year anniversary the hotel is hoping to raise $10,000 dollars for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Starting July 1, tickets will go on sale online for $50 per person.   In addition the hotel will hold an online auction with exciting prizes. Auction items include: two tickets and a back stage meet and greet with the cast of the brand new revival of CATS, private consultation and cat tree house by Pet Tree Houses, custom autographed poster by the author and illustrator of the upcoming new children’s book,Matilda: The Algonquin Cat, private walking tour hosted by author and historian, Kevin Fitzpatrick. The online auction can be found here, along with details and additional prizes. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Alliance.

There will be an on-site mobile adoption unit parked in front of the hotel from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. The $50 donation allows all guests access to the fashion show and includes a reception with special hors d’oeuvres. Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, Pet Lifestyle Expert and author, Sandy Robins.

Guests attending the event are encouraged to wear their best feline inspired outfit.

About The Algonquin Cat:

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water.  After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December of 2010.

Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She can also be reached via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tickets for Matilda’s Annual Celebration and Cat Fashion Show go on sale today!  Please click the link below.

<PURCHASE TICKETS>

 

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the event and our goal is to raise $10,000 to benefit The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Please help us reach our goal by attending the event. If you cannot make it this year you can still donate or participate in the Silent Auction, which is also on the event’s website.

The Algonquin Hotel Times Square Announces Matilda’s

Annual Celebration Party and Fundraiser on August 5, 2015

Hotel’s legendary feline is celebrated and NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad

is honored at hotel’s annual event

 

NEW YORK, NY – (July 7, 2015) - Every year The Algonquin Hotel honors its most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat, with a celebration. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, August 5,from 5:00PM – 7:30PM in the hotel’s iconic lobby. The Algonquin will honor members of NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the event will feature a cat fashion show by Ada Nieves: “A Feline Salute to NYC’s First Responders.” Ada Nieves is a certified animal fashion designer by the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York City. She will stage the show in the hotel’s Oak Room and the fashions will feature costumes inspired by the city’s Police and Fire Departments.

Guests attending will be required to make a $30 donation for entrance. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals. The Mayor’s Alliance will have an on-site mobile adoption unit parked in front of the hotel from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. The $30 donation allows all guests access to the fashion show and includes a reception with special hors d’oeuvres. Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products. The grand prize is a custom-designed cat tree house, created by Pet Tree Houses. (It’s truly the cat’s meow.)

Reservations to the event are required as space is limited. Please contact Alice De Almeida at (212) 419-9197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About The Algonquin Cat:

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water.  After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December 2010.Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She can also be reached via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Algonquin Hotel Times Square Announces Matilda’s

Annual Celebration Party and Fundraiser on August 5, 2015

Hotel’s legendary feline is celebrated and NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad

is honored at hotel’s annual event

 

NEW YORK, NY – (July 7, 2015) - Every year The Algonquin Hotel honors its most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat, with a celebration. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, August 5,from 5:00PM – 7:30PM in the hotel’s iconic lobby. The Algonquin will honor members of NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the event will feature a cat fashion show by Ada Nieves: “A Feline Salute to NYC’s First Responders.” Ada Nieves is a certified animal fashion designer by the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York City. She will stage the show in the hotel’s Oak Room and the fashions will feature costumes inspired by the city’s Police and Fire Departments.

Guests attending will be required to make a $30 donation for entrance. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals. The Mayor’s Alliance will have an on-site mobile adoption unit parked in front of the hotel from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. The $30 donation allows all guests access to the fashion show and includes a reception with special hors d’oeuvres. Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products. The grand prize is a custom-designed cat tree house, created by Pet Tree Houses. (It’s truly the cat’s meow.)

Reservations to the event are required as space is limited. Please contact Alice De Almeida at (212) 419-9197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About The Algonquin Cat:

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water.  After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December 2010.Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She can also be reached via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Ladies are Back in a Brand NEW Dress

Join Matilda and a few old friends in her newly renovated home.

“Nobody can be exactly me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”
Tallulah Bankhead

“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.”
Dorothy Parker

Reception and Cats in Fashion to benefit NY Save.

Hosted by Sandy Robins (Pet Lifestyle Expert & Author) courtesy of Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food

Wednesday August 8, 2012

A minimum $25.00 entrance donation is requested for NY Save.

Additional donations will be accepted. Seating is limited. No pets allowed.

3:00 -7:00 PM Bideawee Adoptions on site (second floor)

5:00-7:30 PM Reception and meet the MEWdels in their Meow Wear Fashions.

At The Algonquin Hotel 59 West 44, New York, NY 10036

RSVP Alice at (212) 419-9197