Several times each year since 2010, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals proudly presented Adoptapalooza — its signature pet adoption extravaganza — in Union Square Park and other locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. These public events featured wonderful cats, dogs, and rabbits for adoption from dozens of NYC-area animal shelters and rescue groups. Each Adoptapalooza also featured additional activities, including advice on pet care, training, and grooming; product giveaways; microchipping; dog licensing; pet photographers; dog performances; and other fun activities for the whole family — two- and four-legged alike.

After finding homes for more than 17,000 animals at Adoptapalooza events since 2010, in 2019 the Mayor’s Alliance transferred Adoptapalooza to Rock & Rawhide, an organization that we have all worked with over the years to build the event into the tremendously successful pet adoption venue it became. The Petco Foundation's generous sponsorship of the event was critical to its success over the years.


Seniors for Seniors — available year round, our Seniors for Seniors program allows senior citizens to reap the benefits of cat ownership, without the financial burden of medical care.

The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc. is a New York State Registered Shelter/Rescue. Our Registration Number is RR321.

Mission Statement

Reducing feline suffering by providing housing for homeless cats rescued from municipal shelters, sterilizing those stray and feral cats to reduce overpopulation and by providing necessary medical treatment.

The house in Oyster Bay is a closed–admission sanctuary for homeless cats that are rescued primarily from Animal Care and Control, Long Island Municipal Shelters and The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.  It features outdoor enclosed runs and offers a home–like atmosphere where the cats live uncaged (unless illness necessitates temporary caging). Caretakers live on the premises to accommodate daily care for the cats. Our on-site staff veterinarian checks each cat on a regular basis and provides any medical treatment necessary. All cats are vaccinated, tested for FELV/FIV, sterilized and microchipped. New cats are quarantined for 30 days prior to introduction to the resident cats.  Due to our small size, we are unable to accept cats from the public.  When space allows, we rescue and provide medical care for cats slated for euthanasia from overcrowded city shelters or the Mayor's Alliance through the New Hope Fund.  The New Hope Fund was started through a generous donation from Sandra Atlas Bass and has continued with a generous grant from Maddie's Fund.  


Due to the generosity of Maddie's Fund, PHLF received a $29,000 subsidy to help cover the ever-rising costs of medical care.  We were able to place 109 cats in loving homes last year, and continue to pay for medical care for the rest of the cats in our care.  Apart from our New Hope Fund, the subsidy also paid for and continues to pay for cats that are adopted with pre-existing heart murmurs.  Our Have-A-Heart Fund, developed specifically from this grant, pays for costly echocardiograms for any cat that is adopted with a pre-existing heart murmur for the life of the cat.  Since the inception of this program 5 cats with pre-existing heart murmurs were placed into homes.  These funds will continue to allow us to provide premium medical care for the cats and kittens in our care. Our organization is using Maddie's Adoption Subsidy to help us pay for lab work and other costs that are necessary and making our cats as adoptable as possible.

PHLF would like to thank Maddie's Fund for their generous grant to our sanctuary.    


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