Mia: An Adoptapalooza Love Story

When Tiffany and Andrew saw Mia at Adoptapalooza on May 31, 2015, they knew they had found the right dog for them. (Photo by Tiffany Yu and Andrew Mak)

When Tiffany and Andrew saw Mia at Adoptapalooza on May 31, 2015, they knew they had found the right dog for them. (Photo by Tiffany Yu and Andrew Mak)

Tiffany Yu and Andrew Mak had wanted a dog for a long time. Both lifelong animal lovers, the couple’s busy work schedules had previously prevented them from adopting a canine companion. But, when Andrew switched from a corporate job to a career in real estate, he found he had a much more flexible schedule, which allowed them to begin to think seriously about adding a furry friend to their family. The duo attended the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ mega-adoption event, Adoptapalooza, on May 31, “just to look.” They found themselves looking at Mia.

Mia, a young German shepherd mix with Animal Care Centers of NYC, immediately impressed Tiffany and Andrew. “We liked how alert and bright she was,” recalled Andrew, “and were enamored by her sweet disposition.” They also liked Mia’s relatively small size. “She had the best of both worlds,” they recounted. “The intelligence and personality of a shepherd in a dainty 40-pound package — with big, soft ears; a cute smile; and pretty, brown eyes.”

Tiffany and Andrew did more than just look — they adopted Mia. According to Tiffany, Mia has “adapted beautifully to her new home.” Mia is, reportedly, “non-destructive, playful, and quiet.” She enjoys helping out during meal preparation by sitting close by and “watching diligently for anything that falls on the ground.” She is particularly fond of carrots, celery, and steamed chicken.

Mia also loves her squeaky squirrel, Kong ultra balls, and rope toys. She is apparently always ready to play, not only at home, but also with every dog she meets outside. Tiffany and Andrew take Mia to their local dog run to make sure she gets the exercise she needs and canine companionship she craves.

Ahhh, life is good! Mia, a young German shepherd mix, relaxes in her forever home after being adopted from Animal Care Centers of NYC during the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' mega-adoption event, Adoptapalooza. (Photo by Tiffany Yu and Andrew Mak)

Ahhh, life is good! Mia, a young German shepherd mix, relaxes in her forever home after being adopted from Animal Care Centers of NYC during the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ mega-adoption event, Adoptapalooza. (Photo by Tiffany Yu and Andrew Mak)

While Tiffany and Andrew have loved looking at Mia from the moment they met, it seems Mia likes looking right back at them. “She makes a lot of eye contact with us,” they explained,” which makes us feel like we are communicating without saying words.”

Tiffany, Andrew, and Mia plan to be at the next Adoptapalooza, which will be held in Union Square Park on September 20. For the potential adopters who may be attending, Tiffany and Andrew have this advice: “Do your research and realize the commitment you are about to make. A good pet owner will need to devote a large amount of time, money, and energy toward their new pet. Furthermore, one should realize that a pet isn’t something you can toss out when you get tired of or bored with it. It can very well be a 10–15-year commitment.” That is a commitment they are absolutely delighted to make to Mia. “We are the luckiest people in the world to have Mia!” they both stated unequivocally.

Are you considering adopting a cat, dog, or rabbit? Come to the next Adoptapalooza mega-adoption event on Sunday, September 20, from noon until 5:00 p.m., and take a look — you can change a pet’s life and your own!

Adoptapalooza - Union Square Park - Sunday, September 20, 2015

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