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North Shore Animal League America Presents Cats and Kittens on Broadway!

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Featuring Kathryn "Kat" Erbe, Matilda (New York's Most Famous Feline) of the Algonquin Hotel - Autograph Collection, Delta the Cat, and Broadway's Orfeh and Andy Karl

Event Kicks Off Cats Entry Into Mutt-i-grees® Movement and Month-Long Mission to Save Pets’ Lives

New York, NY, June 2, 2011 – North Shore Animal League America proudly announced today that all shelter cats and kittens will be joining shelter dogs as members of the Mutt-i-grees Movement.  Matilda, resident cat of The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection, who was adopted from North Shore Animal League America, was the first feline to be inducted into the Mutt-i-grees Movement.  Joining her was Delta the Cat, from PBS’s LOMAX, THE HOUND OF MUSIC, as the first honorary cat in the Movement.  In celebration of this announcement, North Shore Animal League America is encouraging animal lovers to adopt a shelter cat or kitten this month, and waiving adoption fees for all cats one year of age and older. 

Mutt-i-grees was created in 2009 by The Pet Savers Foundation, the development arm of North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), to give a voice to the over 50 million mixed-breed dogs in the United States.  Focused on changing the way cat and dog-loving Americans perceive mixed-breed felines and canines, the Mutt-i-grees Movement’s key message today is that many wonderful cats and dogs are readily available at a local shelter, and that adopting, rather than shopping, is the responsible way to obtain a pet.

“People are incredibly proud of their mixed-breeds, and by including cats in the Mutt-i-grees Movement, cat parents can now join dog parents in communicating, sharing ideas and celebrating their choices,” said John Stevenson, President of NSALA.  He added, “The Mutt-i-grees Movement promotes the fact that healthy and loving cats and dogs can be found in local shelters.”  Stevenson also pointed out that while NSALA practices a no-kill philosophy, many other shelters are forced to euthanize due to lack of space and resources, resulting in approximately 4 million shelter pets unnecessarily dying each year.

“North Shore Animal League America has beautiful animals available for adoption, and when you open your heart to a shelter cat or dog, not only will you will bring companionship and unconditional love into your home, but you will be saving a life,” said Kathryn Erbe, star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Mutt-i-grees spokesperson. 

“Meow! I am CATsolutely thrilled to have been selected as the first cat in the Mutt-i-grees Movement,” purred Matilda.  “I thank North Shore Animal League for raising awareness of shelter animals and encourage animal lovers to consider a new FURriend this month.”

“What a PURR-fect way to start the summer,” exclaimed Delta the Cat after receiving her honorary entry from Mutt-i-grees spokesdog, Lomax the Hound of Music. “It is an honor to join the Mutt-i-grees Movement and I look forward to hearing about many more shelter cats joining the Movement throughout the month.”

“June is busting out all over,” sang Broadway stars Orfeh and Andy Karl, “and this is the perfect time for cat lovers to visit a local shelter and adopt a Mutt-i-gree.  We give a standing ovation to animal lovers nationwide who adopt a cat or kitten this month.”

In celebration of the feline addition to the Mutt-i-grees Movement, June is an ideal month to adopt a cat from North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY:

June 2 – June 5, fees are waived when adopting a kitten
June 5 – June 30, fees are waived for cats one year and older
      
For more information on cat or dog adoption, or to find a local shelter, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.  For more information on the Mutt-i-grees Movement, visit www.muttigrees.org.
 
ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
The Animal League has saved almost 1,000,000 lives.  As the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn’t complete until each animal is placed into a loving home.  Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty, and advance standards in animal welfare.  Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly in the pursuit of our vision of a world where all companion animals find permanent homes to end euthanasia. For more information, visit www.animalleague.org.

ABOUT THE MUTT-I-GREES® MOVEMENT
The Mutt-i-grees® Movement generates awareness of the plight of shelter animals, elevates their status and reduces animal cruelty through education and innovative programs.  An estimated 8,000,000-10,000,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter U.S. shelters annually, and tragically, over 4,000,000 of these wonderful animals are destroyed to control pet overpopulation.  Millions of lives could be saved when potential pet parents make the simple choice to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, instead of purchasing a pet from a pet store.  You can find any type of healthy, vibrant and wonderful dog, cat, puppy or kitten at a shelter near you.  Become part of the Mutt-i-grees Movement by adopting a pet today.  When you adopt a pet–you save a life and help reduce animal cruelty.  Learn more at www.AnimalLeague.org/Muttigrees

ABOUT THE ALONGQUIN HOTEL, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
A New York City landmark recently named to the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, the Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just steps from Broadway’s Theatres and world-class shopping. Home to Dorothy Parker’s famous Round Table and birthplace of the New Yorker magazine, the Algonquin Hotel is highly regarded by travelers the world over. The recent $4.5 million renovation effort focused on refreshing the hotel lobby, upgrading all guest rooms, laying new guestroom carpet and introducing new bedding to the 174-guestroom hotel – creating a new era of elegance at the historically significant hotel. The hotel’s popular Oak Room, which has showcased musical talents such as Harry Connick, Jr., Andrea Marcovicci, Diana Krall and Peter Cincotti, serves dinner and offers cabaret performances Tuesday through Saturday. The legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s is the inspiration for the current Round Table Room serving traditional American cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Blue Bar and Lobby also serve cocktails and other beverages throughout the day. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center and five meeting and function rooms, which can accommodate groups from 10 to 175. As of September 2010, The Algonquin Hotel is the only New York hotel in The Autograph Collection. http://www.algonquinhotel.com.

ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/TheAnimalLeague, follow us at www.Twitter.com/AnimalLeague. To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.

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