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Grammy Award-Winning Artist Mýa Joins The Celebration Of The Grand Debut Of Matilda The Algonquin Cat And North Shore Animal League America’s New Mobile Rescue And Adoption Unit Wednesday, On August 10

North Shore Animal League America Commemorates New Mobile Unit with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Animal Adoption Event

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August 10, 2011 (Port Washington, NY) - North Shore Animal League America and the Algonquin Hotel are joining together to celebrate New York’s most famous feline -- Matilda The Algonquin Cat’s Grand Debut -- and the introduction of the Animal League’s new mobile rescue and adoption unit. The legendary hotel has been the setting for many sophisticated gatherings throughout its history. While the hotel has played host to a great many notable personalities, its most notable purr-sonality can be found curled on a luggage cart or chasing a ball of string down the corridor.


Joining the celebration will be Grammy Award-Winning Artist Mýa. Known in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected and loved singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and philanthropist, she is known throughout the animal loving community as a strong advocate and supporter of saving animals’ lives. Mýa has six pets, including a sweet cat named Mellow, who she adopted from the Animal League.

The festivities begin on Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 3:00pm in front of the Algonquin Hotel, as the Animal League will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate its new mobile rescue and adoption unit. This life-saving vehicle was graciously funded by Robert and Margaret Fagenson, Elizabeth Freed and the Laura J. Niles Foundation. Margaret Fagenson and Elizabeth Freed will join Mýa and John Stevenson, President of NSALA for the ceremony. The new unit, Mobile Unit 8, measures 40 1/2 feet long, 8’4” wide and 12 1/2” high. Guests are also encouraged to adopt a pet from this mobile adoption unit, which will be parked in front of the hotel from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

Matilda the newest Algonquin cat makes her Grand Debut at the Algonquin Hotel at 5:00pm. Matilda III prepares for her debut after fate brought her to North Shore Animal League America. She was then selected to inherit the name of hotel resident cat by the now-contentedly retired Matilda II. Matilda III eagerly awaits her introduction to the public and is fully prepared to assume her role in a storied Algonquin tradition. The beautiful Ragdoll will be presented by Sandy Robins, Pet Style Expert and Author. The evening will include a feline fashion show by Meow Wear, benefiting North Shore Animal League America, and a designer birthday cake created by Adam Beckworth of A Little Somethin’ Sweet. The catwalk MEWdels are courtesy of the Westchester Feline Club. Additionally, a one-of-a-kind portrait of Matilda by local artist Jenny Belin will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting North Shore Animal League America.

All proceeds from the Grand Debut will go to Matilda’s favorite charity, North Shore Animal League America, with a minimum entrance fee of $25.00. Each pet adopted will be sent home with a gift donated through the kindness of Sturdi products.

The tradition of having a resident pet at The Algonquin began in the 1930s when a straggly stray cat wandered in through the hotel’s front door looking for food and shelter. Owner Frank Case, the consummate host most famous for inviting Dorothy Parker and her friends to form the legendary Algonquin Round Table in the hotel’s dining room in the ‘20s, welcomed the cat as he did every other guest, and a tradition was born.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
3:00 PM - RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OF NSALA’S NEW MOBILE RESCUE & ADOPTION UNIT
3:00 – 7:00 PM – ADOPTION EVENT
5:00 – 7:30 PM GRAND DEBUT OF MATILDA
The Algonquin Hotel
59 W. 44th Street
New York, NY

About Matilda The Algonquin Cat
Matilda, celebrated in television and literature, is the successor to The Algonquin Hotel’s first feline resident, Hamlet, a disheveled stray cat who wandered into the hotel in the 1930’s in search of food and shelter. The hotel owner/manager at the time, Frank Case, provided Hamlet with food and a permanent home in the lobby, where he became a hit with guests and visitors. Through the years, The Algonquin Hotel has continued housing a resident feline. Cat lovers who want to keep in touch with Matilda can reach her at matildaalgonquincat@algonquinhotel.com, visit her Facebook Fan Page (Matilda – The Algonquin Cat) or follow her on Twitter@Algonqueen.

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 Algonquin 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 Mýa
In 2011, Grammy Award-Winning Artist Mýa celebrates 13 years in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected and loved singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and philanthropist. Most recently, Mýa entertained the world and impressed millions as the highest scoring contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Mýa finished out the decade as one of Billboard’s Hot 100 Artists of the Decade, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-Winning Actress and as the President and founder of her own non-profit foundation, The Mýa Arts & Tech Foundation of 6years. Mýa’s extensive music repertoire includes the hits, “Case of the Ex," “Ghetto Superstar,” “Take Me There,” “Best of Me,” “Free,” “Lady Marmalade,” “My Love Is Like...Wo,” and “Fallen.” Her new single, “Love is the Answer”, with Cedric Gervais is now available on iTunes and her 7th studio album "K.I.S.S." is available on www.myamya.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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