Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Plenty of hotels have
animal mascots, but the historic Algonquin, an Autograph Collection Hotel in
New York City, has been rescuing and caring for stray cats since the 1920s.
Famed for its rich literary history—The New Yorker was born at the hotel's
Round Table restaurant—the Algonquin's animal-friendly legacy is less well
known. Back when Dorothy Parker frequented the hotel, then general manager
Frank Case adopted the first Algonquin Cat after it wandered in off the street
and named it Billy. Since then, the hotel has had eleven furry felines,
including seven cats named Hamlet and three Matildas. The current Matilda
lives in a custom-made pet home perched atop the front desk. She freely roams
the luxurious property (except the kitchen and dining areas), takes plenty of
catnaps (which are in her job description), and receives fan mail and gifts
from all over the world (including the aforementioned pet home).  
Peter Loppacher Every year, the
hotel celebrates the Algonquin Cat's birthday. This year's celebration
for Matilda will take place on Aug.  5 from 5 to 7:30 p. m.  in
the lobby. The proceeds from each guest's $30 entry fee will be donated to
the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals and a mobile adoption
center will be parked outside the hotel from 3 p. m.  on. The event
will honor the NYPD's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad with a cat fashion
show with costumes inspired by FDNY and NYPD uniforms. Space is limited
and the event is filling up quickly. To inquire about attending, email the
hotel's Chief Cat Officer Alice De Almeida at alice. dealmeida@marriott.
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