"Sopranos®" Star Drea de Matteo Supports ASPCA at NYC's "Ani Mall" in Central Park

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Monday, 24 May 2004

Actress attends the Mayor's Alliance Adoption event in New York City's Central Park.

Actress Drea de Matteo showed her support for pet adoption by attending the Mayor's Alliance Adoption event in New York City's Central Park yesterday. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc. is a coalition of 68 animal rescue groups and shelters working with the City of New York to end needless euthanasia of New York City's adoptable pets. The Adopt-a-Thon was hosted by the ASPCA at the Central Park Band shell on the Mall. This year's open-air outdoor animal adopt-a-thon showcased hundreds of NYC's finest shelter cats and dogs.

The ASPCA recently launched a Public Service Campaign featuring Drea de Matteo and her dogs. "As a lifelong animal lover, I am happy to be able to help spread the message about the importance of adopting from a shelter," said Drea de Matteo. "The ASPCA has so many wonderful animals of all sizes and ages that you are sure to find one that can complete your family and make your day-everyday."

Ms. Matteo, a native New Yorker, grew up in Malbo, NY and currently resides in New York City's East Village with her own four-footed family- two dogs and two cats. She received a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of Arts in film production and plays Adriana La Cerva, the girlfriend of Christopher Moltesanti, on the HBO critically acclaimed series "The Sopranos." In addition, she will be cast in the new spin-off series "Joey", in the upcoming fall season on NBC.

"We are thrilled to have Drea de Matteo, as a spokesperson for the ASPCA," said Edwin J. Sayres, President of the ASPCA. "Many New Yorkers had the opportunity to witness Drea's passion and commitment to animals up close and in person at our adoption event in Central Park. Thanks to her ongoing support of the ASPCA, even more New Yorkers now know to make pet adoption their first option when choosing to add a four-legged member to their family."

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

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