80,000 Shelter Animals Saved By “Wheels of Hope”, Help Keep Those Wheels Turning

80,000 Shelter Animals Saved By "Wheels of Hope", Help Keep Those Wheels Turning

Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor hail can stop the Wheels of Hope program from saving the lives of thousands of animals in NYC shelters anxiously awaiting new homes. But a bad transmission just might.

Wheels of Hope, a lifesaving program run by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, is the only animal transportation program in New York City that offers free passage for shelter and rescue animals. The program supports the daily transfer animals from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) shelters to partner shelters and rescue groups that will find new homes for the animals.

Since 2005 the fleet of six vans has transported more than 80,000 animals from facilities to rescue groups and shelters. The two oldest transport vans each have more than 300,000 miles. The Alliance needs to acquire a new van now.

To find out how you can help, please visit bit.ly/TurnWheels and www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

New York Metro Reptile Show

The New York Metro Reptile Show will be held Sunday, March 15 at the Suffolk Community College, Brentwood, NY, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Receive a $1 discount off adult admission with their ad on page 15 of this issue.
Live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages… 200+ vendors.

NYCity’s First Cat Cafe

Cradle a cup of coffee while cuddling a kitty. That’s the selling perk behind Meow Parlour, the Lower East Side cafe where customers can grab a snack and hang out with lovable and adoptable kittens.
“If you can’t afford a cat or commit to adopting one, you can still come here and enjoy their company,” says co-founder Emilie Legrand.

Every piece of furniture has been hand-picked with humans and kitties in mind. Fat floor pillows double as people seats or cat beds. Glass-top coffee tables with crawl spaces let kittens hide while peeping toms look in on them. The crown jewel is the custom-made shelving system along the back wall–a catified obstacle course stocked with feather toys, plush beds, scratching posts and tunnels.

Playful Julien gets ahead inside the Meow Parlour. All the cats at the cafe are adoptable through KittyKind, an all volunteer, no kill rescue group located in New York City. Co-founders Legrand and Christina Ha pounced on the chance to open the city’s first purr-manent petting spot after the success of the Purina Cat Cafe on the Bowery last April, where people lined up for hours for some tabby time.

Best of all, any customer who falls in love with the cuddly cutie on her lap has the chance to adopt it from KittyKind. New cats will be rotated in as the previous ones hopefully get adopted.

There are plenty of rules so that this petting pen doesn’t become a zoo. For example, there’s no picking up the cats unless supervised by a staffer. And guests sign a waiver freeing the parlor from responsibility in case they get scratched or bitten.

“Cats will be cats. You never know what they are going to do,” says Legrand.
Meow Parlour, 46 Hester St. between Ludlow and Essex Sts., noon-8 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

For info, visit meowparlour.com.

NYC Metro Rabbit News

There are lots of adoptable rabbits available in Manhattan. To adopt a rabbit in New York City, contact Cindy Stutts at bygolyoly@yahoo.com or call 646-319-4766.

Adoptable NYC Metro rabbits are at Petco’s Lexington Avenue (86th-87th) and Union Square locations; rabbit volunteers are present at both stores on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to answer questions. There are four rabbits living at each of those stores. In addition, NYC Metro rabbits are at Petland Discounts stores on West 117th Street, East 86th Street and West 72nd Street.

You can also visit Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) at 326 East 110th St.

For basic information about rabbits as pets, go to www.rabbitcare.org,

www.longislandrabbitrescue.org and the House Rabbit Society main site, www.rabbit.org.

Foster Dogs NYC

2014 was a great year for them. They earned their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, began their Foster Workshop series, increased Foster Roster outreach efforts, expanded their volunteer team, helped place hundreds more dogs into homes, and more. They are excited to see where 2015 takes them, and to help many more dogs find love.

As always, they encourage you to do what you can to help: Foster, Volunteer, Adopt, DONATE! They encourage you to share links and photos of dogs posted on fosterdogsnyc.com. They help NYC & national rescue groups find homes for their homeless dogs. Check out their “Foster Me Adopt Me” Facebook album, and see a list of all available dogs on their site here!


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Human-Animal Interaction Conference

The goal of Green Chimneys HAI 2015, Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25, is to further articulate and refine “hands on” approaches that facilitate the well-being of people and animals in a programmatic context.

Interactive group work, discussions and hands-on learning with animals, led by internationally respected professionals, will be at the core of their program. Various clinical models and methods will be explained and demonstrated. There will be ample opportunity for informal conversations with the speakers, Green Chimneys staff and fellow attendees.

Call 845-279-2995 for more.