New York City’s Algonquin Hotel cat in residence Matilda invites the public to a party Aug. 8, 2012, with a reception, cat adoption event and cat fashion showcase to benefit NY Save, a pet financial assistance organization. Algonquin cat Matilda will also celebrate the reopening of her home, which received major renovations this spring.
Hosted by pet lifestyle expert Sandy Robins, the event starts with cat adoption opportunities from Bideawee Adoptions, who will have shelter cats on site starting at 3 p.m. The reception starts at 5 p.m. and features “Mew-dels” in Meow Wear cat fashion in the Algonquin Hotel lobby adjacent to the famed Round Table restaurant. Guests can enjoy raffles with prizes such as wicker kitty pods, stylish leather cat collars and a KittyScape cat amusement center. A $25 entrance donation to NY Save is requested.
The Algonquin Hotel has had a resident cat since the 1930s. Ragdoll mix breed Matilda is the 10th cat at this famous landmark hotel, which adopted her from North Shore Animal League. “Matilda plays such an important role as she provides a ‘fur fix’ for people who miss their cats when they are traveling,” Robins said. “People come from all over the world to stay at the hotel to meet her!”
Matilda will treat guests to a gift bag with items such as Fancy Feast food coupons, stylish food bowl, toys, Zoom Groom curry brush and a framed souvenir photograph of Matilda. Also included, Robins adds, “A calming collar, specially for cats that don’t enjoy large crowds when their pet parents entertain at home.”
The Algonquin Hotel reopened its doors in May after nearly six months of décor renovation, which totaled $15 million. To celebrate its re-opening, the Algonquin has updated its popular Matilda Package to include:
• Accommodations in newly renovated apartment-style rooms
• Continental breakfast for two
• Welcome cocktail in the hotel lobby
• Matilda coloring book
• “Fabulous Felines” book by Sandy Robins
• Plush, stuffed Matilda cat and chocolates for kids to take home
• CATabulous eye mask for “the best cat nap in town!”