FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
New Yorkers, Grab your Leashes and Cat Carriers! "Adoptapalooza" Returns to Washington Square Park on Sunday, September 12
Featuring Over 100 Cats and Dogs for Adoption!
New York, NY – Tuesday, August 17, 2010 – Following on the heels of the success of New York City's first Adoptapalooza in May, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is pleased to announce that this free, fun-filled community pet adoption event will return to Washington Square Park on Sunday, September 12, from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The event will be sponsored by PEOPLE Pets (www.PEOPLEPets.com), PEOPLE magazine's website for animal lovers and their pets.
More than 50 dogs and cats from area rescue organizations that participate in the Mayor's Alliance won the hearts of New Yorkers and found new loving homes at the first Adoptapalooza. The upcoming end-of-summer Adoptapalooza will be bigger and better, featuring more than 100 cats and dogs for adoption from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), Bideawee, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and the Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor's Alliance. These cats and dogs will be featured on North Shore Animal League America mobile adoption vans.
A new addition to the upcoming event is the participation of breed-specific rescue groups, part of the New York Breed Rescue Network (NYBRN) of the Mayor's Alliance, that will offer a variety of purebred (or nearly pure) dogs for adoption! A listing of these breed rescue groups will be featured on the Adoptapalooza website (www.AdoptapaloozaNYC.org) soon.
Other event highlights will include a Silly Pet Tricks Contest for people and their pets, as well as photos with Maddie, the six-foot Miniature Schnauzer mascot for Maddie's Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation. Event-goers will also have the opportunity to win great raffle prizes, get photos of their pet, and get answers to their questions from a veterinarian, trainer, groomer, and other pet experts onsite. The Mayor's Alliance will provide valuable information about pet adoption, free and low-cost spay/neuter services in NYC, microchipping, dog licensing, and more!
Last year, through the efforts of the Mayor's Alliance and its 150-plus participating shelters and rescue groups (including AC&C), euthanasia at AC&C shelters was reduced to 33 percent of intake, representing a 57 percent decrease in euthanasia since 2003, the first year of operation for the Mayor's Alliance.
For those interested in adopting a Little New Yorker, please visit the Pet Adoption page of the Mayor's Alliance website for a full list of Alliance participating shelters and rescue groups.
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