Happy Purrthday, Matilda!
Matilda the Algonquin Hotel Cat (above) is celebrating her 14th birthday today with a lavish pawty that benefits the North Shore Animal League.
The Algonquin has housed a resident cat since the 1930s, when a stray cat (later named "Hamlet") checked in permanently. Matilda has full run of the hotel. Her duties include greeting guests on arrival and sniffing their luggage, making sure the bellhops aren't goofing off, and supervising any parties held at the hotel.
The Algonquin throws Matilda a big birthday bash each year, and some of the parties are more memorable than others. In 2002, while celebrating her seventh birthday, she jumped on her cake and bolted from the room, leaving a trail of buttercream paw prints.
When you're as big a celebrity as Matilda, you can pull diva stunts like that with impunity.
At this year's pawty Matilda will be treated to a designer birthday cake created by Lauri DiTunno, star of the TV show "Amazing Wedding Cakes." The main event will be a feline fashion show hosted by Beth Stern, spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America.
Matilda will get the spa treatment before the start of the festivities with a special grooming by Artist Knox, star of the reality show "Beverly Hills Groomer".
Here's last year's event:
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All proceeds from today's event will be donated to Matilda's favorite charity, North Shore Animal League America, the largest no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization in the world.
There's still time to reserve your spot at today's pawty! Call (212) 419-9197 to RSVP.
You'll only need to make a $5.00 minimum donation to North Shore Animal League America.
[LINK: Algonquin Hotel]