Last Updated on: May 22, 2014 by Ingrid King


10,000 shelter cats and dogs, 9 states, 591 cities, 200 organizations: on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days hopes to be the largest pet adoption event in America. If  this sounds like an unreachable goal, think again: during last year’s event, Maddie’s Fund adopted out more than 5,000 cats and 3,000 dogs – a total of 8,432 pets found their forever homes.

This year’s event will take place in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and New York City. Maddie’s Fund will pay all adoption fees for qualified adopters. For a list of participating organizations, click here.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a new feline family member, this will be a great time to do it. Not only will you give a cat a loving home, but you’ll help shine the spotlight on the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations across the country that work so hard to save the lives of countless dogs and cats every day.

The event in New York City is sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity working with 150+ rescue groups and shelters to find homes for thousands of New York City cats and dogs. The alliance’s goal is to transform New York City into a no-kill community by 2015.

One of the organizations participating in the New York City event is Anjellicle Cat Rescue. They have been making a difference for abandoned, stray, and neglected cats and kittens in the city for over fifteen years. Anjellicle Cats Rescue has close ties to the Broadway community, which, of course, explains their name. The Jellicle cats are a type of feline mentioned in T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and they are featured in the “Jellicle Song for Jellicle Cats” in the musical Cats.

Meet Three New York City Cats Looking for Their Forever Homes


Alice and Gus were left homeless when their loving owner died. 12-year-old Alice, a tabby with striking markings, expects to be treated with the respect a lady of her age deserves. Gus is about six years old, and he’s a big mush. This big boy likes to flop down by your side. They are currently in a lovely foster home, but it is only temporary. Sadly, these two cats who have lost so much already will need to move yet again. Won’t you make their next move their last?


Flute must have done something right in a former life. She was hit by a car in a New York City street, and not only survived, but also happened to be injured directly outside of a Petco location where ACR was having an adoption event. Seeing the emergency situation, ACR volunteers dashed into the street and found Flute seeking refuge in the wheel well of a car. She was at the emergency vet within half an hour. Fully recovered from her injuries, this tiny cat turned out to be a total sweetheart who loves nose kisses. She is loving and affectionate, but is really afraid of other cats. She would do best as an only cat or with another very mellow cat.

For more information about Alice, Gus, Flute and their many other adoptable cats, visit Anjellicle Cats Rescue.

For more information about the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, visit

For more information about Maddie’s Fund, visit

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