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

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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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NY Cat Film Festival Debuts & NY Dog Film Festival Returns!

   

NY Dog and Cat Film FestivalsFirst-ever NY Cat Film Festival will be presented on December 9, followed by 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival on December 10.

Both the popular NY Dog Film Festival and brand new NY Cat Film Festival grew out of pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner’s desire to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues, and philosophical aspects of the pets in our lives.

Presented at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on December 9 and 10, these two exciting film festivals offer something for every cat and dog lover through a series of artfully curated films featuring dogs, cats, and the humans who love them. Some of the filmmakers are from New York, and some of the films take place in New York City.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is pleased to be the beneficiary of this year’s festivals. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alliance to support our lifesaving programs.


1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival
Saturday, December 9, 2017
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Debuting this year, the NY Cat Film Festival is the first carefully curated collection of films that celebrate our enchantment with cats. Exploring the fascinating felines who share our lives, this festival creates a shared audience experience that inspires, educates, and entertains. The featured films will enhance our appreciation and understanding of how cats share our world, while saluting those who work and volunteer on their behalf. All films are appropriate for everyone in the family.

3:00 p.m. Program 1: “Nobody Owns a Cat” (68 minutes)
4:30 p.m. Program 2: “Little Works of Art” (66 minutes)

The two programs are completely different — each a medley of films celebrating the love between cat and their people. To have the full NY Cat Film Festival experience, you’ll want to see both programs.

Tickets are $15.00 per program. A portion of every ticket benefits the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. To purchase tickets or to view film details, visit CatFilmFestival.com.

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3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival
Sunday, December 10, 2017
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

The NY Dog Film Festival debuts each year in New York City and then travels the country. Now in its third year, the NY Dog Film Festival will again bring together local dog aficionados to share a communal experience of enjoying short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs. All films are appropriate for everyone in the family.

2:45 p.m. Program 1: “Every Dog Has His Day” (89 minutes)
4:45 p.m. Program 2: “Love Makes the World Go Round” (92 minutes)

The two programs are completely different — each a medley of films celebrating the love between dogs and their people. To have the full NY Dog Film Festival experience, you’ll want to see both programs.

Tickets are $15.00 per program. A portion of every ticket benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. To purchase tickets or to view film details, visit DogFilmFestival.com.

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