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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

 

 

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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Join LBWF As We Celebrate Our Founder & President
Linda Blair's Birthday!
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Linda has made a huge difference in the lives of many and the LBWF team has started this fundraiser in honor of her birthday to celebrate a remarkable woman who has touched the lives of so many. Linda's birthday wish has been the same, to continue rescuing abandoned animals from the desert, home foreclosures, shelters and sadly emergency victims from natural disasters. Please help us give back to her and make her birthday wish come true.
Many have heard the stories of what inspired Linda to start rescuing and we know many may still wonder what is Linda Blair really like and what a day in the life of Linda Blair is like. As one of her volunteers I have been both privileged and honored to work with her side by side.  I will never forget the day I first stepped foot on the property of the LBWF Wellness Center. My mouth dropped open as I looked around. Linda calls it "design on a dime" but in reality it was designed with love. It is absolutely beautiful. You can't help but smile as you look around and see all these dogs celebrating their newfound freedom knowing they are safe in the hands of an angel.  There are a variety of dogs large and small, young to old at LBWF and they all have one thing in common; they are all really great dogs who receive an abundance of love. They are all very happy and quite entertaining. There are a lot of "zoomies" going on at LBWF. I was fortunate to also have met a few of the Katrina dogs that Linda personally rescued from Louisiana.
 When Linda says she works 24/7, 365 days a year she is not lying. I am a witness to this. Linda has no holidays, sick days, vacation days, or weekends. Even on her birthday I can guarantee she will put in a full day's work and then some. So for those that would like to know what Linda Blair is really like, the first thought that comes to mind is she is like the Energizer Bunny, she keeps going and going. She is compassionate, and determined. She has a heart of gold and she truly does want to make the world a better place for both people and animals. She is funny and highly intelligent. But what is truly amazing is to see the bond Linda has with the dogs. The love she has for them shines through her and that is when you know you are in the presence of an Angel on Earth. On her computer you will see thousands of pictures of all the dogs Linda has rescued throughout the years. She remembers every single dog's story and nothing warms her heart more than receiving updates on her dogs that were adopted. So if any of our adopters are reading this, please remember to keep in touch and update us with stories and pictures!  Linda has a special gift when it comes to animals and there is no doubt rescuing is Linda's calling.
Linda does not live an easy life. Within 10 minutes of her waking up her work day begins. Linda is actively involved in the day to day routine of caring for the dogs. That is usually enough work for one, but not for Linda. Along with caring for the dogs she also looks over each application that comes in for one of the dogs. She personally makes the phone calls and spends a great deal of time getting to know a potential adopter. She is an incredible matchmaker and her main priority is finding the perfect dog for the adopter and the perfect home for the dog. On the days when potential adopters come to meet the dogs, Linda meets with them, showing them a variety of dogs. When the perfect match is found, Linda then does the paper work and puts together the adoption packet. There are home checks that are done, dogs being delivered to their forever homes, shopping for supplies, dog food, and anything else needed for the dogs, phone calls to be made or returned, veterinarian appointments, freedom pictures and videos to be taken, dog postings to be done. This is a daily routine for Linda. Late at night, when she finally gets to sit down it isn't to watch TV or rest. This is the time she finally gets on the computer. Her email inbox is overwhelming to see. This is the sad part of rescue. The hundreds of emails from shelter networkers begging for help. These emails include videos and pictures of innocent animals whose lives are on the line through no fault of their own. It is heartbreaking to see. When Linda is not reading emails she is writing her posts for social media, and researching. Linda is very passionate about education, especially when it comes to cancer. Her passion is to teach others the information she has learned by working with the best nutrionalists. Linda's "Stamp Out Cancer" program works. I have seen the results. Linda has spoken many times about one of her founding dogs, Riley and through her research and program she was given the gift of more time with him. Riley was my buddy and I never would have known he had cancer if Linda didn't tell me. He would happily trot around in his yard, roll in the sunshine and he LOVED his pool. He enjoyed going for walks and he could out run me which I think he got a kick out of taking off running when we would go for walks together. He was very smart and curious. Many times I would be working on my laptop and Riley would watch, always sticking his head close to the computer to see what I was doing. I know without Linda's program I never would have met him.
 Linda is also very passionate about mandatory spaying/neutering, stopping puppy mills and shutting down backyard breeders. She attends meetings and speaks out publicly informing and educating along the way. She has fought against Breed Specific legislation, and her goal is to help change the laws regarding animal welfare.  Many weekends are spent traveling to different conventions around the world giving fans the opportunity to meet her, and she also uses it as an opportunity to educate nationwide. She truly cares about all animals in America and around the world. That is why she is always pushing "Emergency Preparedness" to inform people how to care and save animals from the high temperatures in the summer, storms, hurricanes and freezing temperatures in the winter. She wants to make sure this information is available to everyone.
2017 was not an easy year for anyone including Linda. Several emergency rescues were taken on by LBWF because of the fires. We also had several medical cases. Our emergency funds were depleted. Many of you have seen our Facebook posts showing the rescues. That is why we are holding this fundraiser. We want to give back to Linda. She works so hard and times have been rough. We have seen the stress, the worry and the discouragement in Linda's eyes but she fights through it and continues working and rescuing. She does this because she made a promise and she will never break a promise.  She is a force to reckon with.
Linda is truly an amazing woman. She is a mentor, and an inspiration. She is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She truly cares about people and animals. She is a true hero and I am honored to call her my friend. Linda has spent her entire life giving back to others. She has entertained the world for many years through her movies, traveled around the world meeting fans, she has given to numerous charities, and she has rescued dogs from so many shelters. Let us join together and give back to Linda for her birthday. No amount is too small, whether it is giving up one day's worth of coffee, or donating the price of a movie ticket. Any amount will help. Let's make this one of Linda's happiest birthdays ever by helping her to help the voiceless! She deserves it. To make a donation to Linda's birthday fundraiser please click the Donate button below.
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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..

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will hold its Fifth Annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 19, 2015. This motorcycle fundraiser celebrates the increased freedom and independence that Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs provide to men and women who are blind, especially military veterans.

The family-friendly event begins and ends at Fidelco’s beautiful Bloomfield campus. Riders will cruise a scenic, police-escorted 50-mile route through the Farmington Valley and return to Fidelco for a gourmet barbeque lunch by Black Eyed Sally’s, a live concert by southern rock band Shovelhead, and more. No bike, no problem: Everyone is encouraged to attend to cheer on the riders and enjoy lunch and music along with vendors, K-9 demonstrations, and Fidelco dogs. Additionally, Fidelco's Field of Flags, a tribute to American heroes and fallen military, first responders, and veterans will be on display. For a $10 donation, Fidelco will add a flag in honor of your hero at the event or through www.fidelco.org/field-of-flags-2015.

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 Ride for Independence is Fidelco client Raymond Collins, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Ray has been matched five Fidelco Guide Dogs. He has worked for the Plymouth, Massachusetts, County Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, is a member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and is a 1996 Paralympics champion. Ray has steadfastly followed his dreams and ambitions, always with a Fidelco Guide dog by his side.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Bloomfield, CT. Fidelco is an internationally accredited organization and an admired expert throughout the world for its highly valued German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Each Fidelco Guide Dog takes two years, 15,000 hours and $45,000 to breed, raise, and train. They are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years. Fidelco relies solely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic organizations to help Share the Vision®.

Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,400 German Shepherd Guide Dogs throughout North America – in 41 states and five Canadian provinces. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States — a process that allows all guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.

Fidelco also has placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, and search and rescue and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.

For more information, please visit www.fidelco.org or “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/fidelcoguidedog.

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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..