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AdoptapaloozaOut of the Cage! (April 2010)

First-Ever Adoptapalooza Coming to Washington Square Park on May 22

One of New York City's favorite parks in the heart of Greenwich Village will host a first-time Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Adoptapalooza on Saturday, May 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dogs and cats for adoption from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and the Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor's Alliance are the event's headliners — they'll be waiting to meet you beginning at 11:00 a.m. when they arrive on three North Shore Animal League America adoption vans. Watch the dogs, decked out in special outfits provided by a local pet boutique, strut their stuff across the stage, hoping to catch your eye and win your heart.

And that's just the beginning. Throughout the afternoon, there will be free activities to delight the entire family, including furry, four-legged family members: a doggie costume contest (with prizes awarded for the best in show); face-time with a trainer (for instruction and questions); ask-the-vet; and TTouch (a kind of healing massage) for your pet. Plus, we'll have a pet photographer on hand and plenty of great raffle prizes from local businesses. (At press time we're still working on lining up performances by some very talented Disc Dogs from Animal Farm Foundation who will amaze you!)

Come on out to Adoptapalooza in Washington Square Park on May 22 with your family (and your family dog) to have some fun, learn something new, and maybe even meet your furry match! (Photo by Rick Edwards)

Come on out to Adoptapalooza in Washington Square Park on May 22 with your family (and your family dog) to have some fun, learn something new, and maybe even meet your furry match!

Photo by Rick Edwards

You'll also have the opportunity to meet The Dog Expert, Sheryl Matthys, author of Leashes and Lovers: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Love, Life, and Happiness. And meet representatives from a variety of organizations who can provide you with information about pet adoption, free- and low-cost spay neuter services, microchipping, and a host of other topics.

Adoptapalooza in Washington Square Park is an event you, the kids, and the dog won't want to miss. For more information, visit www.AdoptapaloozaNYC.org, or follow Adoptapalooza on Facebook at www.facebook.com/adoptapalooza.