City Pulse

By Linda Kirkland

I am an animal lover, and I rescue dogs.

More specifically, I rescue dogs from the city shelter for my Yorkie rescue group. It was in this capacity that I met Gino.

The shelter found Gino in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. He was lost, alone and had limited mobility due to a broken leg. He was taken to the facility on 110th and was on the “short list” for euthanasia – I arrived, literally, at the last moment.

Life is looking better for Gino for now, he’s living with me, and my Yorkie rescue group has scheduled surgery for his broken leg. Next step will be to interview candidates for adoption – I don’t think there will be much difficulty, as Gino is an affectionate, playful, responsive, intelligent three year-old pup. For more info or to make a donation to Gino’s surgery contact http://WWW.Yorkie911Rescue.com.

Why am I telling you this? My concern is less with Gino – he’s safe now. But the same can’t be said for the shelter that saved Gino’s life, Animal Care & Control. AC&C is largest pet organization in the northeast. They rescue nearly 40,000 animals each year, providing temporary shelter and care for homeless and abandoned animals in all five boroughs.

Unfortunately, AC&C will see its meager budget dwindle by almost 20 percent this year, and that’s after two previous years of similar reductions. As a result the organization has been forced to eliminate programs and services so desperately needed – this, while the number of abandoned animals continue to grow.

Happily, there is a growing movement among the private sector to help the AC&C with financial support to maintain its programs. One promising development was the formation of two group of New Yorkers: NYC4ACC, and the Animal Care Spring Fling. Both organizations are hosting benefits to aid the crisis in animal care. 100% of the proceeds will go to raise enough money to offset the funds that have been cut from the budget. The ultimate goal is to, for all practical purposes, eliminate the euthanizing of dogs and cats due to lack of funds and space limitation.

Animal Care Spring Fling is celebrating its fourth anniversary to raise funds for the AC&C. This year the group will be holding the event at the very sexy and chic Armani Ristorante.

Planned for the attendee’s is exquisite food prepared from the restaurant’s luscious kitchen, wines and spirits, a raffle, and silent auction. One of the star lots of the silent auction is a 3-night “Romantic Runaway” all-inclusive package at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos! WOW. Cornelia Guest will be donating her vegan cookies for patrons to take away in “doggy bags”, Sonja Morgan from the Real Housewives of New York is set to attend, and fashion designers, John Bartlett and Derek Lam are hosting. Come out to help a great cause, meet like -minded people and have a blast

The event is Monday, May 9th from 7-9 pm at Armani Ristorante/Fifth Avenue, atop the Giorgio Armani flagship at 717 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street.Tickets can be purchased online for $100 at http://www.nycacc.org/ or $110.at the door. Dress to impress!

NYC4ACC is a newly formed group of group of New York professionals, socialites and personalities who share a common desire to help animals in need. The monies raised go to improve the AC& C’s facilities, by providing medical attention, supplies and food. Prince Lorenzo Borghese (from ABC’s The Bachelor), one of the members of the group, outlined their mission: “We are dedicated to educate the public to the perils of abused and abandoned dogs and to aid the AC&C in their work. These animals have done nothing wrong although unjustly end up in shelters due to human neglect.

As part of this effort, NYC4ACCis hosting an exclusive fundraiser for the AC&C. Only 300 tickets will be sold so don’t miss the chance to mingle with the celebs and otheranimal lovers. Fabulous chief Berthsy Ayide will provide cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with the after-party hosted by Avenue. Make a difference in an animal’s life and have fun doing it.

The event is Saturday May 7th from 8-11PM at the Brian Farrell Art Gallery (Brian Farrell is a regular on The Real Housewives of NY). The gallery is located in the Chelsea Modern, 447 West 18th Street. The building has received five design awards for architecture, and design and it is gorgeous – just taking a tour is worth the trip.

Advance tickets are $125 per person, and will be available through May 6th. If available, tickets also will be available at the door for $150.To purchase, or to get more information, go to http://love4animalspart2.eventbrite.com.

Originally published April 2011
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