Dog-Attacking Cat Honored at NYC Benefit

Chance security camera footage of cat named Tara attacking and chasing off a dog that bit her “little boy” turned the Tabby from Bakersfield, Calif., into a media sensation. Last week, she was invited to attend a charity event on Aug. 2 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City as the special guest of the hotel’s resident feline, Matilda (featured above).

Ada Nieves and Martini captionMatilda’s famous annual charity event for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of more than 150 NYC-based rescue groups and shelters, drew visitors from around the world. A highlight of the occasion is always a special feline fashion show with mewdels dressed to the nines (for each of their lives). This year, catourier Ada Nieves (pictured at right), decided on a Broadway theme because there is a musical currently on Broadway called “Matilda” and she wanted to celebrate the hotel’s incumbent Directfurr of Guest Relations.

“We invited Tara to the event to celebrate her heroic deed,” said Alice de Almeida who is Matilda’s party planner at the hotel. “People know that cats are territorial, but often are not aware how attached they are to their humans. Tara was so attached to her human that she fought off a dog that bit little Jeremy in an unprovoked attack outside of their home.”

For the second year running, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products sponsored this event and sent products that were included in raffles as well as gifts for all the guests to take home. Gifts included a pheromone-based Calming Spray and new treats designed to combat hairballs.

The hotel has had a resident feline since the 1930s. The current Matilda is the tenth cat to reside at the famous hotel that is equally well known for the famous Round Table of literary greats that included Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley who lunched there every day for 10 years. And, in fact, it was another Broadway star, John Barrymore, who named the first Algonquin cat, Hamlet, after the part he was playing on Broadway at the time.

Tara Hero CatIn addition to “Matilda,” the musicals represented in fashion included “Mama Mia,” “Hairspray,” “Rock of Ages,” “Legally Blonde,” “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and “Pippin.”

The event was a sell-out as New York ailurophiles sipping signature Matilda cocktails clamored to meet the famous Tara (pictured at left) and to take selfies with the mewdels. Matilda herself made a guest appearance by greeting guests at the front desk before going off to snooze in the company of the switchboard operator. All event proceeds were given to the Mayor’s Alliance of New York.


 Photographs courtesy of Sandy Robins

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