Saturday, August 5, 2017 – New York, NY – More than 150 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from more than 15 local animal shelters and rescue groups gathered in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, on the roadway entering the park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle at Prospect Park West and 15th Street, on Saturday afternoon, August 5, between noon and 5:00 p.m., waiting to find their new forever homes. The event — Adoptapalooza, NYC’s original mega pet adoption event — was presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with the Petco Foundation.
The Alliance is a private, 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. Since 2003, when the Alliance was founded, the dedicated efforts of these groups, including Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), have saved the lives of more than 300,000 cats and dogs.
“Our Adoptapalooza mega pet adoption events give New Yorkers a valuable opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful animals in one place, in a venue that’s ideal for bringing the entire family,” said Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance. “This is especially important because adopting an animal companion is a family decision. I’d like to thank the Petco Foundation, sponsors, volunteers — and especially all the wonderful people who come out and adopt — for doing their part to provide these animals new and loving homes.”Hoffman stressed four good reasons for adopting a family pet from a shelter or rescue group instead of purchasing from a pet store or irresponsible breeder:
- Shelters and rescue groups know their animals’ personalities and are experienced at matching pets with prospective owners.
- Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group avoids supporting puppy mills, which breed animals under cruel and deplorable conditions.
- Shelters and rescue groups offer a wide variety of breeds and mixes, including many pure breeds.
- Rescue pets have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and many have been microchipped.
- Adoption fees generally are considerably lower than fees charged by pet stores and breeders.
About 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
Steve Gruber, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Phone: (917) 359-6003