December 20, 2011 Whiskers in Wonderland: A Personal Reflection From MSA
The spirit of the holiday season can be felt all throughout New York City, but no place was it more tangible than at Whiskers in Wonderland, the holiday pet adoption extravaganza hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals this past weekend.
I couldn’t help but feel happy as I walked into the Metropolitan Pavilion to see animal-loving New Yorkers perusing the hundreds of cats, rabbits and other small animals up for adoption. What better way to celebrate the holidays than to gift the gift of a forever home to an animal in need?
I wish I could have taken home one of the adorable animals myself, but I was able to live vicariously through the many adopters that left with smiling faces and new pets. Perhaps next year I will adopt…At least I’ve been able to encourage my friends to do so.
The sound of Christmas music and the twinkling white lights decorating the venue set the mood as attendees met new furry family members, shopped for gifts from the many vendors whose wares benefitted the Mayor’s Alliance and watched the lineup of activities throughout the event. The pet fashion show featuring cats, a rat and even a lizard was like nothing I had ever seen before and the poker-playing dogs amazed and entertained the crowd. People lined up to speak with pet psychic, Catherine Ferguson, who helped answer pet owners’ and potential adopters’ pressing questions. Humans and animals alike posed for photos with Santa and Maddie, the six-foot miniature Schnauzer mascot of Maddie’s Fund that supports the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
The event was a true celebration of the joys of sharing life with a pet, but it was also eye-opening to see just how many animals are in need of loving homes. Working with the Mayor’s Alliance on Whiskers in Wonderland and other events like it are so rewarding because I know I’m helping to reduce the number of homeless animals.
There are so many ways to help NYC’s homeless animals, from adopting, fostering or volunteering at an animal shelter. Have you ever thought about donating your time to help an animal in need? You can ask any of us at M. Silver Associates – shoot us a tweet with a hashtag #Ask_MSA, reply to this blog post and/or message us on our Facebook. We always make sure were are there to help and answer all your questions.
Attending the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals’ Whiskers In Wonderland event over the weekend was a truly moving experience. Did you know there are more than 5 million animals entering shelters each year in the USA? And this number only reflect the ones that were found and brought in…
I know now more than ever the importance of pet adoption. There were hundreds of cats, rabbits, dogs, exotic animals (even snakes) and more just waiting to find a place to call home.
I couldn’t help but want to take all of them home with me to help take the place of my loving cat, Mushi, who I had to leave in Miami when I moved to NYC. Thankfully the event was a success and many New Yorkers found a companion to provide them with unconditional love and affection. On Saturday alone, more than 25 cats were adopted with a few more in the process of adoption.
The most heartwarming story for me was an elderly cat that got adopted. She had been in the shelter for over a year because she was diagnosed with AIDS.
Besides pet adoptions, Whiskers In Wonderland offered a wide range of fun, free activities. I recorded a few of those – a fashion show featuring some of the cats and dogs available for adoption. Pet fashion designer, Ada Nieves, organized unique pet fashion shows with dogs, cats, snakes, lizards and even a fish in a bowl! I also enjoyed watching a show with an adorable white Chihuahua that performed tricks. She was available for adoption as well.
Many people lined up to meet with a pet psychic Catherine Ferguson to find out what is behind their pet’s quirky behaviors. However, one of my absolute favorite creative elements of the event was watching Lorelei, a pet caricaturist, truly capture each animal’s classic expression – from dogs to rabbits. And even though I was not able to adopt a pet this time around, I and many others found another way to support these homeless animals – there were plenty of holiday shopping options available such as Alex and Ani’s Bangle Bar (I purchased a Mayor’s Alliance bangle), SocialPakt’s exclusive new Mayor’s Alliance t-shirts, photographer Melissa McDaniel’s extraordinary photo books and handmade knits for pets to keep them warm during the cold seasons.
I believe that attending events like Whiskers in Wonderland is crucial to be able to really see how many animals are in need of a home. Have you ever thought of a pet adoption? Pet adoptions can help an animal that has been abandoned or abused by finding a home for that pet –in your home and/or the home of one of your friends.
If you missed the largest pet adoption event of the year, you can always check in with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals for more events to come and see for yourself why adopting a pet can be life-changing.
Here’s a virtual trip into what we’ve experienced at Whiskers in Wonderland. I hope to see you next year!