If you’re in New York City on August 2nd, please consider joining Matilda the Algonquin Cat at the Algonquin Hotel for their annual fundraiser. This year helps to support the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity working with over 150 partner pet rescue groups and shelters to transform New York City into a no-kill community.
A little back story about Matilda:
In the late 1930s, a rather disheveled feline wandered into the hotel searching for food and shelter. Ever the quintessential host, owner Frank Case welcomed the furry traveler into The Algonquin and a tradition was born.
Matilda, the current resident, is very popular with our guests. She has the run of the house (except in dining areas and the kitchen) but prefers to oversee the comings and goings of the many guests who cross her threshold.
Matilda receives mail weekly from friends around the world and has been the subject of countless stories. On one occasion, when her collar was stolen, the “Algonquin Cat-Burglary” was the talk of the town.
Each year, Matilda is given a birthday party, as befits a New York celebrity. A memorable one occurred in 2002 when, while celebrating her seventh birthday with 150 of her closest friends, she jumped on her cake and ran out of the room, leaving a trail of paw prints. Cat fanciers may contact Matilda directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also wrote about her in a previous post: https://alissarothstein.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/do-a-good-deed-adopt-a-shelter-animal/
I’ll be there and I’m excited to meet Tara, the hero cat. She is the star of that viral video who scared off a dog that was about to attack a little boy on the bicycle. She is fearless! I can’t wait to meet her.
This is for a really good cause, and a good time is always had by all. Come find me – I’ll be the one with a glass of wine in my hand resisting the urge to adopt another cat.