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This just in: Rational Animal, a participating organization of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, will unveil the 5th edition of Trails to Tails, the quintessential full-color, fold-out map and guide to New York City animal shelters and dog parks, on the steps of City Hall on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m., in celebration of I Love NYC Pets Month.

A Trails to Tails Pre-Unveiling Party hosted by Doggy Style in Soho will take place Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 73 Thompson St., and is open to the public. At this event, pet-lovers can pick up a Trails to Tails map, and buy dog supplies with a percentage to be donated to Rational Animal.

Trails to Tails is the brainchild of Rational Animal and this 5th edition is whimsically illustrated by 3-D pop-up artist, Charles Fazzino, and is based on his “New York Is” collectible illustration of New York City. Trails to Tails will be available in key locations, including city offices, New York Public Libraries, NYC municipal shelters, and select vet offices, animal awareness and adoption events, and pet supplies stores city-wide. Trails to Tails is sponsored by the ASPCA and The Pedigree Foundation with help from New York Tails Magazine.

Rational Animal is a non-profit organization creating media and special events to increase public awareness about NYC’s at-risk animals and is among the 160 alliance participating organizations working with the city of New York to help make NYC a no-kill community. With over 43,000 homeless animals entering into the shelter system on a yearly basis, this map helps promote pet adoption at local animal shelters, locates dog parks and offers information about free/low-cost pet care services and their locations. In addition, the map offers pet resources for licensing, microchipping, poison hot line, pet-friendly housing, and how to report animal abuse, making this latest version of Trails to Tails a must-have for current and future pet guardians in New York City.

“There are so many highly visible stores across the city still selling dogs from puppy mills- each purchase means one less adoption – and so many cats and other animals need homes too” said Susan Brandt, founder of Rational Animal. “With this map we aim to direct more people to their local shelters to adopt, donate or volunteer – every person can do their part to help homeless animals and end euthanasia in city shelters.”

This entry was posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs



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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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