Hundreds of Dogs, Cats & Rabbits Find New Homes at Union Square Pet Adoption Event

Garfield from NYC Teens for Animals was just one of hundreds of animals who found new homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, September 16, 2018. (Photo by Joe Galka)

Garfield from NYC Teens for Animals was just one of hundreds of animals who found new homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, September 16, 2018. (Photo by Joe Galka)

500 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits seeking forever homes appeared at NYC’s largest pet adoption event hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 – New York, NY – New York City’s largest annual pet adoption event — Adoptapalooza — took place today in Manhattan’s Union Square Park, where more than 500 homeless animals put their best paws forward to impress the hundreds of potential adopters who attended the popular annual fall event.

Presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals in partnership with the Petco Foundation, Adoptapalooza offered fun for the entire family — two- and four-legged alike.

The wonderful pets looking for new families at Adoptapalooza — all spayed/neutered and vaccinated — were presented for adoption by 40 local shelters and rescue groups that participate in the Alliance.

Alliance President Jane Hoffman offered good reasons for adopting a family pet from a shelter or rescue group instead of purchasing from a pet store or irresponsible breeder:

  1. Shelters and rescue groups know their animals’ personalities and are great at matching pets with prospective owners.
  2. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group avoids supporting puppy mills, which breed animals under cruel and deplorable conditions.
  3. Shelters and rescue groups offer a wide variety of breeds and mixes, including many pure breeds.
  4. Rescue pets have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and many have been microchipped; and adoption fees generally are considerably lower than fees charged by pet stores and breeders.
Among the 40 shelters and rescue groups that attended Adoptapalooza, AMA Animal Rescue brought Chow Chow mix, Fluffy, and other wonderful pets looking for forever homes. (Photo by Joe Galka)

Among the 40 shelters and rescue groups that attended Adoptapalooza, AMA Animal Rescue brought Chow Chow mix, Fluffy, and other wonderful pets looking for forever homes. (Photo by Joe Galka)

Hoffman, who was on hand for the event, said, “Adoptapalooza is a wonderful opportunity for New Yorkers to meet hundreds of animals and find the perfect fit for themselves and their families. And by choosing adoption, you’re able to consult with individuals who have spent time with and know the animals, to help you make the most appropriate choice for your family.”

Hoffman thanked the event’s title sponsor, the Petco Foundation, other sponsors, and the army of volunteers and participating rescue organizations that participated in today’s event. She expressed a special thank-you to “all the wonderful adopters who came out today and offered these animals loving new homes.”

In addition to pet adoptions, today’s event featured free microchipping for dogs and cats by Vetco; tricks and training tips from a Petco certified trainer on the dog training field; dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health; emergency preparedness information from New York City Emergency Management/ Ready New York and American Red Cross Greater New York Region; face painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids by The Cheeky Chipmunk; caricature portraits of people and pets by Lorelei Arts; personalized illustrations by the Society of Illustrators; giveaways by the NYC Department of Sanitation; free pet photos by PetTrakr and Pet Lifestyles Magazine; free personalized pet ID tags courtesy of the Alliance; and giveaways and information from event sponsors, including the Petco Foundation, Animal Medical Center – Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Weruva, and WholeHearted.

Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that distributes donated supplies to shelters and rescue groups, collected clean blankets, towels, and pet toys to distribute to NYC-area shelters. Representatives from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Alliance, Pets for Vets, Wild Bird Fund, Wild Dog Foundation, and AmbuVet were on hand to provide information about their life-saving activities.

The event was emceed by Stephanie Mattera, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Spokesperson, and Sean-Patrick M. Hillman, Chairman, President & Co-Founder of Rock & Rawhide.

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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's AnimalsAbout the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. The Alliance is supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no government funding. Since its founding in 2003, the Alliance has remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. AnimalAllianceNYC.org

Media Contact

Steve Gruber, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Phone: (917) 359-6003
E-mail: steve@AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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Hundreds of Dogs, Cats & Rabbits Seek Forever Homes at First Adoptapalooza of 2018

More than 500 cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Photo by Mark McQueen, phoDOGraphy.com)

More than 500 cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park, Manhattan, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Photo by Mark McQueen, phoDOGraphy.com)

More than 400 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits were seeking forever homes at Adoptapalooza, NYC’s original mega pet adoption event, hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – New York, NY – New York City’s largest annual pet adoption event — Adoptapalooza — took place today in Union Square Park, and several hundred formerly homeless animals are on their way to new loving homes as a result..

Hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), and presented in partnership with the Petco Foundation, this event offered fun for the whole family!

The great pets looking for new families at Adoptapalooza — all spayed/neutered and vaccinated — were presented for adoption by more than thirty local animal shelters and rescue groups that participate in the Alliance. Adoption fees varied by rescue organization.

Bruno Brunelli, Mellissa, and Princess McFluffypants were among the hundreds of pets awaiting adoption at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Bruno Brunelli, Mellissa, and Princess McFluffypants were among the hundreds of pets awaiting adoption at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Among the pets today seeking that special someone to call their own were::

Alliance President Jane Hoffman offered good reasons for adopting a family pet from a shelter or rescue group instead of purchasing from a pet store or irresponsible breeder:

  1. Shelters and rescue groups know their animals’ personalities and are great at matching pets with prospective owners.
  2. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group avoids supporting puppy mills, which breed animals under cruel and deplorable conditions.
  3. Shelters and rescue groups offer a wide variety of breeds and mixes, including many pure breeds.
  4. Rescue pets have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and many have been microchipped; and adoption fees generally are considerably lower than fees charged by pet stores and breeders.

Hoffman, who was on hand for the event, said, “Adoptapalooza is a wonderful opportunity for New Yorkers to meet hundreds of animals and find the perfect fit for themselves and their families. And by choosing adoption, you’re able to consult with individuals who have spent time with and know the animals to help best make that fit. I’d like to thank the Petco Foundation, all of today’s sponsors, our army of volunteers, and participating rescue organizations — and, of course, our wonderful new adopters — for helping these deserving animals find loving forever homes.”

In addition to pet adoptions, Adoptapalooza featured music; face-painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids by The Cheeky Chipmunk; tricks and training tips from a certified Petco dog trainer; dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health; microchipping for dogs and cats by Vetco; emergency preparedness information from New York City Emergency Management / Ready New York; a special Star Wars booth promoting the new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, premiering in theatres May 25; free pet photos and free personalized pet ID tags courtesy of the Alliance; and pet food and product giveaways from event sponsors.

Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that distributes donated supplies to shelters and rescue groups, collected clean blankets, towels, and pet toys to distribute to NYC-area shelters.

The event was emceed by Stephanie Mattera, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Spokesperson, and Sean-Patrick M. Hillman, Chairman, President & Co-Founder of Rock & Rawhide.

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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's AnimalsAbout the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. The Alliance is supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no government funding. Since its founding in 2003, the Alliance has remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. AnimalAllianceNYC.org

Media Contact

Steve Gruber, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Phone: (917) 359-6003
E-mail: steve@AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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Explore New Pet Products at the 2018 New York Pet Fashion Show

   

New York Pet Fashion Show - February 8, 2018Among the show’s many wonderful vendors, the 2018 New York Pet Fashion Show at the Hotel Pennsylvania on Thursday, February 8, will introduce two new Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals sponsors. We encourage event-goers to visit their booths to explore their innovative pet products designed to make life happier and healthier for dogs and their people.

Mozzie Pants

Mozzie Pants, a line of fashion clothing designed to promote harmony between dogs and their humans, will hit the red carpet at the New York Pet Fashion Show, demonstrating a range of special benefits. Mozzie Pants designs can help to clear up skin issues, covering hot spot areas with breathable fabric that deters dogs from chewing, licking, and exacerbating their skin problems. To protect dogs’ fur from intense snow mats and rain grime, Mozzie Polar Pants and Polar Tees use high-quality, water-resistant Polartec fleece to create a protective barrier that keeps dogs more comfortable. Jules Korth, founder of the Seattle-based Mozzie Pants, created this specialized line of pet wear for Mozzie, her rescue dog, and explains that Mozzie Pants are veterinarian-recommended as an ideal way to cover hot spots and wounds after surgery.

Mozzie Pants will be on sale at the New York Pet Fashion Show on February 8. They also are available to order on the MozziePants.com website (enter the coupon code NYPFS, and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Alliance), and on Amazon.com.

Mozzie Pants


WizSmart Super Absorbent Dog Pads

Potty training your new dog is a whiz with WizSmart Super Absorbent Dog Pads! WizSmart’s pee pads have several unique features and benefits unlike any other pee pads on the market. They absorb all the liquids your dog eliminates in a day, and they work every time and over-time, up to 24 hours! The pads dry quickly, resulting in no messy tracking throughout the home. They won’t leak. They don’t move around, thanks to adhesive stay-put tabs. And your dog always knows where to find them, thanks to a one-of-kind attractant formula. WizSmart dog pads are also eco-friendly, saving more than 80 million unused diapers every year. Instead of going to a landfill, the company repurposes unused diapers to construct their unique super absorbent pads.

Petixco, the company that manufactures WizSmart Dog Pads, will offer free samples at the New York Pet Fashion Show. Krister Holm, the company’s president, will be on hand, and he is working with the Alliance to donate pads to Alliance Participating Organizations. Visit Petixco.com to locate a retail store where you can purchase WizSmart Dog Pads, or order online through the company.

WizSmart Dog Pads


We hope you will come to the New York Pet Fashion Show on February 8 to enjoy the “Country Couture for Animal Rescue” runway show, learn more about these and other great pet care products, and support the lifesaving programs of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals!

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Love Animals? Looking for a Match?

   

Volunteering in the animal welfare field can bring many benefits, not the least of which is connecting with like-minded people who care deeply about animals. And sometimes, a connection can evolve into more than a casual acquaintance. A recent article featuring the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals on the DatingAdvice.com blog explores some of the possibilities.

DatingAdvice.com explores how adopting or fostering a pet, volunteering for an animal shelter or rescue group, or attending NYC pet events can help you meet potential dates.

If you’re a New Yorker looking for someone to cuddle, you might want to check out the pet adoption events, fundraisers, and training workshops held by the Alliance. This longstanding nonprofit organization gives animal lovers opportunities to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats throughout the city, and meet plenty of viable dating prospects while they’re at it! You can adopt or foster a furry friend to keep you company and act as your wingman at dog parks or around your neighborhood. You can also attend our events and workshops, volunteer at our mega pet adoption events or your local shelter, or get involved with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) projects for community cats to up your social game and find a fetching companion.

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2017 Holiday Reading List: Curl Up With a Good Book About Cats

   

The end of the year is a time for gift-giving and curling up with a good book. Here are our picks of the season — cat books that will warm the heart of any kitty lover.

Nine Lives on the Street, “as told to” Jon Saunders, gives a cat’s eye view of life on the mean streets of New York City. Boo, a former Park Avenue pet, tells of his fantastic yet pretty believable adventures as a community cat, escaping numerous threats and finding friends in unexpected places. It’s a real page-turner that plays out across two boroughs of NYC. Along the way it gives readers some chuckles as well as insights into cat behavior and the lives of urban community cats. BUY NOW…

Strays by Britt Collins tells the incredible true story of a lost cat. It takes the reader on a bittersweet journey across the western U.S.A and into the hearts of the cat’s grieving owner and the troubled man who rescued her. Collins tells the story with compassion and a great flair for describing the delightful behaviors that endear cats to us. She also works a plug for Trap-Neuter Return (TNR) into the story — always a good thing. BUY NOW…

Bela by Michelle Ascher Dunn is told in the voice of an NYC feral kitten who grows up in the author’s back yard and gradually lets herself be coaxed into becoming a pet. It’s lovely story and a good depiction of how a feral cat can be socialized. Simple yet evocative illustrations by Abby Sanders help to bring the story to life. Proceeds benefit Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, the ASPCA, and the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. BUY NOW…

Poetry from Scratch: A Kitten’s Book of Verse by Jennifer McCartney is a witty collection of poems written by cats who obviously hold master’s degrees in English Literature. The collection runs the gamut of poetic styles, from the classics (“The Rodent Not Taken”) to Beat poetry, odes, haikus, and limericks. Each poem is illustrated with an appropriate and funny cat photo. BUY NOW…

2017 Holiday Reading List: Curl Up with a Good Book About Cats - Nine Lives on the Street by Jon Saunders; Bela by Michelle Ascher Dunn; Poetry from Scratch: A Kitten's Book of Verse by Jennifer McCartney; and Strays by Britt Collins

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