Friday, February 26, 2010

Will Work For Food

The NYC's Animal Care and Control budget was cut by the department of health.  As a result, ACC is running out of food.  They apparently have a week's worth of food left for their cats and when the food runs out, so do the cats. 

Here's how you can help:  Call or visit Petropolis, and tell them you want to purchase pet food for the NYC ACC.

91 Washington St.
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-608-2234
Fax: 212-608-2235 

It's important that all donations are food and not money because we don't want our money being used to purchase the drugs that will be used in the next round of euthanizations.  

Please help out - your food donation will save a life.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Featured Adoptable!

This is Naomi.  Most orange striped cats are male, but this beauty is all girl.  She's a recent mama to Ashley, Neno, Elizabeth and Milo, all of whom were adopted.  You might remember her from this post or this post.

Naomi was a wonderful mama and now that her babies are grown, weaned and adopted, she's looking for someone else to love.  She's affectionate, gentle and she has a great personality.  If you'd like to meet her, email us at or visit our website at

Isn't there a lap somewhere around here?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

And the winner is...

A hearty thank you to everyone who submitted a Furry Valentine, and everyone who voted!

The winner of the beautiful faux fur cat bed is: Hermes, the kissing kitty!

The winner of the adorable embroidered dog mat is: Howie the heart stealer!

Second runner up in the cat section is the handsome Hossifer Jones:

Second runner up in the dog section is the wiener of my heart, Theo:

Congratulations to our Winners!!  Prizes will be shipped via USPS.  And don't forget!  There's another adoption event this Saturday at Pet Health on the corner of 81st and Amsterdam from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..  Just because Valentines Day is over doesn't mean it's too late to get your own little bundle of love.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Good news!

Last Saturday's adoption event and Bake Sale was a success!  The bake sale helped us raise money for our vet bills and three kitties found great homes. Thank you to Petqua for hosting and thank you to everyone who baked, bought, donated, volunteered, fostered and adopted.  We couldn't do it without you.

This week's event is Saturday, February 20th
NEW TIME: 12 to 4
OUR NEW LOCATION: Pet Health at 81st and Amsterdam.

Pet Health will be hosting adoption events for us on the first and third Saturday of every month.  If you'd like to volunteer, if you're thinking about fostering or adopting or if you'd simply like more information, email or visit our website at

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Friday, February 12, 2010

I hope he's the wiener

Candidate: Theo.

This is where my vote is!  But I'm biased because that guy is my very own Theo.  He was rescued from an Amish puppy mill by Best Friends and I adopted him through Pets Alive.  It was love at first sight.  My husband and I weren't planning on getting another, were sure we couldn't handle another, but I was volunteering one day and another volunteer said, "Could you hold him for a minute?"  The next thing I knew there was a small brown bundle of fur in my arms, a bundle with long silky ears, and then the bundle burrowed his long cold nose into my neck and our fates were sealed.

Theo is demanding and needy, he communicates with his urine and he refuses to let me brush him.  But whenever I sit still, he finds my lap and curls up in it.  And if I stroke his ears just so, he'll fall asleep.  And when he falls asleep he kicks his legs, running in his sleep, and he grunts and growls and barks, so I lay a hand on his chest and he heaves a big sigh and is quiet.  That is when he breaks my heart all over again.  I love him so.


We're getting close to the line for submissions but you still have time!  If you'd like to submit your Furry Valentine, send a photo and a brief description to  Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 14th, 2010.  To see the other contestants so far, click here, here, and here.  Vote for your favorite by emailing  To see the prizes click here and for the rules of the game click here.

And remember, the bake sale and adoption event are tomorrow at Petqua!  Come one, come all!  Buy home-made pies with made-from-scratch pie crusts or a batch of fresh-baked vegan cookies for your human Valentine.  We'll also have chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cinnamon roll cookies and much more!  All of the proceeds go towards saving the lives of NYC's homeless animals.

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Over-flowing with Furry Valentine's!

Today's third contestant is a dog!  Meet Howard:

Howard's family says:

After years of planning to adopt a dog and carefully choosing the gender, (we wanted female) and breed, (we wanted a pug) we ended up being adopted by Howard, a chocolate lab and basset hound mix, at a local shelter adoption event. 
He stole our hearts with his short little legs and that bow out in the middle and his utter devotion to the family.  Howie even has a middle name -- Alvin!  He knows dozens of tricks and is currently in training to become a therapy dog.  He will graduate in March!  He's 6 years old now and maintains a strict 9 p.m. bedtime.  As you can see he also enjoys wearing jewelry around and doesn't mind being dressed up either!  Howie is certainly the 3rd child in our family.

And next we have Hermes:

His human companion says:
Hermes is my furry valentine because he loves to kiss! He is warm and sometimes seems like half siamese, half bear because he has thick fur and very large paws! He loves company and will snuggle up on our bed every night. Wherever his brother, Claudius, is asleep he'll snuggle up to him too so that they turn into one big furry pool of cat, and you can't tell one from the other. 

Submit your Furry Valentine by emailing and vote for your favorite by emailing  For contest rules click here, to see the prizes click here.

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More Furry Valentine contestants!

Welcome to Part 1 of today's Furry Valentine contestant post!  Click here to see yesterday's contestants.

Our first Furry Valentine today is Fudge Monkee:

Fudge Munkee's human companion says:

This is Fudge Munkee, a portly 3 year old cat who I rescued from a bad situation. We didn't like each other much at first-well for a long time really, but we eventually saw eye to eye and now we're inseparable. Munkee has an adorable bad habit of wanting to sample everything I'm eating, but she makes up for it in her superb cuddling skills. We're best friends to the end!

Our second contestant is Milo:

Milo's human companion says:

Milo is a 2 1/2 year old seal point siamese cat and the greatest pet.  He has so much personality - which is fantastic for me as I live in a studio apartment alone in NYC.  He greets me at the door, "talks" to me when he wants attention or to play, and is insanely smart.  He LOVES fruit... specifically mangoes.  My favorite part of the day is when  he curls up on the pillow next to me when it's time for bed.  He's not an "on top of you" cuddler, but he stretches one paw out until it touches my shoulder or arm as if to say, "I just want to know you're there."

What awesome contestants!! I know I'm going to have a hard time picking a favorite.  If you haven't yet looked at yesterday's contestants, click here.  To submit your own pet, email a photo and a brief description to  To vote for your favorite, email  For contest rules click here, to see the prizes click here.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

This Saturday!!

You're invited to our Adoption Event and Bake Sale!!

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Date:  Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Petqua Pet Store, 2604 Broadway between 98th and 99th Streets.

We're going to be selling chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, vegan ginger cookies, a variety of pies, truffles and brownies.  Come hungry and leave happy.  All proceeds will be used 100% to help save NYC's homeless animals.  For more information visit or email info@atailatatime.

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Furry Valentine Candidates!!

Today's first Furry Valentine candidate comes to you with a lovely haiku:

endless emerald pools
soft striped wool purring deeply
Princess Leia love

Our second contestant today is Hoss:

This is Hossifer Jones (Hoss for short), and he is the most amazing soul on the planet - the mold was broken when this kitty was made 6 years ago! Hoss is an excellent cuddler, and has the most soothing purr. When snuggling, he pulls his claws in, reaches up to my face and literally pets me back while staring at me lovingly with his big green eyes. He let's me hug, kiss and smoosh him and always acts happy to see me. He is the softest prettiest kitty in the world, and has inspired me to change my life and study veterinary technology. He also inspired me to be a vegetarian, and helped me to realize the undeniable sentience of all animals! Hoss has been through a lot this past year - he lost his sister Bella (whom he had never been a moment apart from) a year ago to a congenital heart defect, and then his older brother Cashmere in November to renal failure - that's a lot for a kitty with such a big heart, but he is a survivor. He is now a big brother to young Apache, and what a grand role model he is!

Erica H. 

Submit a candidate by emailing and vote for your favorite by emailing  For contest rules click here, to see the prizes click here.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Tracey finished hand-making the prizes for A Tail's Furry Valentine contest!! I think you'll love them.

This hand-made dog mat is made of fleece, with embroidered dogs and the word "Arf!"  It has a comfy poly nu-foam center, is machine washable and should be hung to dry.

This adorable cat bed is reversible!  One side is black faux-fur and the other is a cute cotton print.  It has a comfy poly nu-foam center, is machine washable and should be hung to dry.

Each bed has a market value of $25.00 but we're giving them away if you win the Furry Valentine contest.  Submit a photo of your cat or dog and a few lines about why they're the best Valentine ever and  the public will vote for their favorite.  Furry Valentine pics and stories will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on February 14th, 2010 and should be sent to  Vote for your favorite Furry Valentine by emailing

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Featured Adoptable

Puffy like Puff Daddy

Puff the magic kitty is a sweet tempered, declawed Russian Blue who's owner recently passed away.  He's a little overweight, but he'll shed the extra pounds quickly now that he's out of the shelter and in a loving foster home.  He's five years old, neutered, healthy, current on his shots, and litter box trained.

This handsome Russian Blue Mix won't be homeless forever.  Don't you want to be the one who welcomes him home?  Email us at or visit our website for more information.

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A Little Reminder

Just a reminder to visit to vote for A Tail At A Time!  You can vote every day, it's free to make the donations (the site does it for you), and you don't even have to register.  Helping us is as easy as clicking your mouse a few times.

To vote for us go to, click on the purple button to make a donation to feed shelter animals (it's free for you, the donation is paid by the site's sponsors), and then follow the link at the top of the Thank You page to vote for your shelter. It says: VOTE.

We really appreciate your support.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Annual Newsletter

If you're having trouble reading the letter from the blog, just email for your own copy. 
Thank you, A Tail At A Time.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Attack of the Too Cute

A purse-full of kittens, featuring this weeks Featured Adoptables Ziggy, Suki and their sister.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Note From Our Founders

Hello Everyone!

We would like to welcome our new Community Outreach Coordinator, KC Skolnik.

What exactly is a Community Outreach Coordinator?

KC will be reaching out to the public to make more people aware of our organization.  She will be working with current volunteers, recruiting new volunteers, coordinating monthly events involving volunteer opportunities, social events and building in-kind partnerships.  These are just a few of the responsibilities she's offered to take on, in addition to being a foster mom to our senior cat Jezzy.

KC has a background working with non-profits, public relations and volunteers, so we have gained a great asset (if people can be considered assets!) to help build A Tail at a Time.


--Tracey and Kathleen

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Help Is A Click Away

There is a new shelter challenge going on over at the The Animal Rescue Site.  The Animal Rescue Site, together with Pet Finder, is awarding $100,000 in grants to eligible member rescue organizations to help animals. The grand prize is a $10,000 grant and there are lots of other prizes as well! Visit to learn more or vote for your favorite animal rescue, which hopefully is us!  You don't have to register, voting is free, and you can vote every day. 

To vote for us go to, click on the purple button to make a donation to feed shelter animals (it's free for you, the donation is paid by the site's sponsors), and then follow the link at the top of the Thank You page to vote for your shelter. It says: VOTE.

In this way you are helping us and you are helping feed animals at other shelters.

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Uptown Cats

By 'cats' I mean 'kittens'.  This weeks Featured Adoptables are twinsies!

Suki                                                                                                                                                     Ziggy

These kittens were trapped in Harlem with their mother and their siblings. So they aren't really twins, their part of a set of quadruplets, but who's getting technical? The point is that they are beautiful and sweet and in need of a home.

Suki is mild-mannered, sugar and spice and everything nice. Ziggy is a real firecracker. They were both very shy with people at first, but they're slowly coming out of their shells and showing their true personalities. You might remember Ziggy from Saturday's With Ziggy. He stole my heart weeks ago and if you give either of these kitties a chance, they'll certainly steal yours.

For more information, or if you're interested in fostering or adopting, visit our website at or email us at

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Moby Update

As of this past Friday, January 29, Moby is stable. His lungs are bruised and full of fluid and there is air trapped in his chest. He spent the weekend at Dr. G's being monitored. As soon as I have more information, I will share it.

If you'd like to make a donation to help A Tail pay for Moby's treatment, there are three ways to do it:

1. Visit our website and donate via paypal

2. Send a check or money order to:
A Tail At A Time
PO Box 1655 Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101

3. Call NYC Vet Specialist at 212-767-0099 and tell them you would like to make a donation for Moby under A Tail At A Time

Any donation you can make helps us, helps Moby and is forever appreciated. Thank you.

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Glamour Girl

Remember when Cecelia had her big modeling adventure a few weeks ago? Here are a few of the photos from that afternoon:

This next one was so great I decided to make the new banner out of it.

Not only is she a stunning cover-girl, Cecelia is an absolute angel. Sweet, gentle, curious, playful - it was a blast to be her handler for the day. This beauty has found her forever home, but we have a lot of other cats and kittens who are just as wonderful and definitely in need of a good family! If you're interested in adopting or fostering, please visit or email

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