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NYC hotel throws a ‘purrty,’ feline fashion show

Sam Checo dressed her Mango backstage ahead of the cat fashion show at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
Sam Checo dressed her Mango backstage ahead of the cat fashion show at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — There were ‘‘meowdels’’ wearing couture and a cat-tastic crowd: The annual feline fashion show at The Algonquin Hotel had both felines and cat fans purring in approval.

The event occurred Thursday night in Manhattan. It’s a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which helps support more than 150 animal shelters and rescues in New York.

Organizers say more than $10,000 was expected to be raised, fueled in part by $75-a-pop ticket sales and a silent auction.

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Photographers took photos of Merlin, dressed in a 1920s tail tuxedo and top hat on the red carpet, during the cat fashion show.
Photographers took photos of Merlin, dressed in a 1920s tail tuxedo and top hat on the red carpet, during the cat fashion show.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press
Aodhan, dressed in fedora outfit, was presented on the red carpet during the cat fashion show.
Aodhan, dressed in fedora outfit, was presented on the red carpet during the cat fashion show. Mary Altaffer/AP
Siobhan Moore dressed her cats backstage ahead of the cat fashion show.
Siobhan Moore dressed her cats backstage ahead of the cat fashion show. Mary Altaffer/AP
Hamlet VIII walked past Edwin Garcia as he works the front desk at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
Hamlet VIII walked past Edwin Garcia as he works the front desk at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. Mary Altaffer/Associated Press
Aine, dressed as a flapper is seen backstage ahead of the cat fashion show.
Aine, dressed as a flapper is seen backstage ahead of the cat fashion show.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press
Pedestrians stop to inspect Hamlet VIII as he sat on his perch in a window of the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
Pedestrians stop to inspect Hamlet VIII as he sat on his perch in a window of the Algonquin Hotel in New York.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press