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"One can do much.  And one and one and one and one can move mountains. ~ Joan Ward-Harris

CAT Programs Ė 2003

In December 2002, some of the money from our Craft Fair was used to adopt Dixie.

Please read Dixie's Story here



The Compassionate Action Team celebrated National Bird Day on January 29th by inviting New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employees to help make bird feeders and by distributing educational material about helping birds survive the cold winter months. Birds have a tough time in the cold, frozen weather and people can help.

If you would like to know more about helping our feathered friends survive the cold winter months, visit the Cornell Lab or Ornithology at You can even sign up to participate in their "Project Feederwatch."


In February, Alice, of The Compassionate Action Institute, had a short break in Las Vagas where she had a win on the slot machines. She immediately sent most of it to Blaikiewell Animal Sanctury to adopt Chestnut.




The Great American Meat-out was celebrated on March 20, 2003. More than 300 people attended to sample healthy, delicious vegan food. Charmaine Ramsay, Holistic Health Counselor and Pamela Rice, founder of the Viva-Vegie Society, were guest speakers who talked about the benefits of a plant-based, cruelty-free diet. Recipes, nutritional information, coupons and information on the cruelty of factory farming were distributed along with copes of 101 Reasons Why Iím a Vegetarian by Pamela Rice. If you are interested in receiving a copy of this very informative booklet, you can order one through the Viva-Vegie Society (

Pamela Rice (left) and Alice O'Neil

We were very fortunate to enlist the aid of the very generous sponsors listed below. Their contributions to the event were a major reason for its success. Many thanks to them all!

    Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. (
    provided a good supply of Brown Rice Snaps, a vegan treat! Another big hit was Organic Super Sour Gummi Bears that contained no gluten or gelatin. They also provided gluten and gelatin-free Vitamin C Gummi Bears for the kids.

    Gardenburgers (
    provided 350 vegan flame grilled hamburger-style veggie burgers. These burgers fooled even the most die-hard carnivores and we had to show the box to the vegans in attendance to prove that they didnít contain any meat. This product is incredible.

    Lumen Foods (
    provided delicious vegan jerky. Everyone was amazed at the great taste and texture of this great product.

    Turtle Island Foods, Inc. (
    makers of Tofurky, provided a big supply of their delicious deli slices. We used them to make little sandwiches what were a huge hit with the crowd.

    Vanceís Foods ( provided a generous supply of samples of their product "DariFree" a fat free, non-dairy milk alternative. This is a dry mix that is easily carried, stored and prepared. It is widely used by people with food intolerances including autistic children. It has as much calcium as milk and is a good source of vitamins. Itís great for cooking, baking, on cereal and as a coffee creamer. We had the regular milk variety as well as delicious chocolate milk.



    CAT is especially proud of its efforts in celebrating Spay Day 2003. Originally it was planned to purchase a small number of spay/neuter certificates that would be given out on a lottery basis to NYCHA employees for their companion animals. We contacted the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) to purchase the certificates but they offered to donate them. They then asked CAT to help coordinate a city-wide event that would be open not just to NYCHA employees, but to all New York City residents. CAT was happy to help. We drafted letters to veterinarians asking for the donation of spay/neuter certificates. We produced a flyer for distribution around NYCHA as well as NYC. We collected all the entries and followed up with the vets who generously volunteered to participate. We then drafted letters to all of the winners as well as letters and tax receipts for the vets. It was a monumental task but well worth the effort. 84 certificates for free surgeries were distributed Ė 62 of those to NYCHA employees. 84 animals will no longer be able to contribute to the animal overpopulation problem in NYC and they will lead happier, healthier lives after they are spayed and neutered.

    It is especially noteworthy that the CACC and the Humane Society both generously offered to donate enough spay/neuter certificates so that every single person who applied for one would get one.

    The following vets/animal hospitals/humane groups donated free surgeries to this important event:

Yorkville Animal Hospital
227 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-8802

410 East 38th Street
New York, NY
(212) 532-6395

Gramercy Park
   Animal Hospital
Dr. Jay Kuhlman
403 E.37th Street
New York, NY 10003
Dr. Murray
240 E. 80th Street
New York, NY 10021

Animal General
558 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 501-9600
Fund for Animals
355 W. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 977-6877

Animal General
140 West 67th Street
New York, NY
(212) 501-9600
Prospect Park Animal Clinic
Drs. Mary Holloway,
John Morehead
and Leonard Silverman
105 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(718) 768-6125

Noahís Ark
Dr. Brian Abraham
3048 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 616-0964
Dr. Solomon
4424 College Pt. Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 886 4416

Dr. Stein
102 West End Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 616-0964
Dr. Coronado
2296 First Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 348-7070

Humane Society
306 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 752 4840
Animal Hospital
   of Staten Island
640 Willowbrook Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 698-1400

Center for Animal Care
   and Control
11 Park Place, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007

(212) 442-2076



    In February, CAT heard about the plight of rescued horses on a North Dakota sanctuary where drought had impacted on the hay crop requiring supplemental feed for their many horses. CAT sponsored two foals, Blizzard and Cocky in an effort to help.

    The Nokota Horse Conservancy was established in 1999 to preserve the unique and historical Nokota Horse. These horses, had run wild on the northern plains for more than 100 years until the Park Service decided there was no room for them. Many were rescued and brought to the Kuntz Ranch in Linton, North Dakota. The goal of the Nokota Horse Conservancy is to keep these rare bloodlines alive, to spread awareness and knowledge about these little known horses, and to ultimately establish a sanctuary where the Nokota horses can roam free and wild with little human interference. You can learn more about the work of the Conservancy and how you can help in their important work by visiting

    In April, we had the opportunity to visit the ranch and meet these special animals and their dedicated caretakers.


Cocky and friends

Itís their world too and they have the right to enjoy it in peace.

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