Remember that childhood pet you absolutely adored? Whether it was a dog, cat, or maybe even a turtle, when reflecting back on your time shared, a flood of sweet memories inundates you. Nothing compares to the joy that comes with the company of a furry little friend, so come out to Adoptapalooza,Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the north end of Union Square Park in Manhattan and peep some critters.
Adoptapalooza is a free public event featuring activities and entertainment—raffles, training and agility demonstrations, advice on pet health care, grooming, and pet photographers, to name a few. Just like dogs will wag their tales come rain or shine, Adoptapalooza will go from 12 – 5PM rain or shine!
Close to 300 dogs, cats, and rabbits will be available for adoption from over 35 Alliance participating organizations. A list of all the confirmed shelters and recue groups found at the ‘palooza can be found at the bottom of the page.
In a fast paced city like NYC, pets can slip away from us. Emergencies happen to the best of us, but the best of us can prepare for these situations with the help of experts at Adoptapalooza.
-Have your dog or cat microchipped for $25.
-Register for a dog license (required by law in NYC) with the NYC Department of Health.
-Get free Pet Passports to record your pets' important information, and learn how to prepare yourself and your pets for the unexpected from representatives from the New York City Office of Emergency Management or Ready New York.
Fun for the Whole Family!
Besides checking out the kitties, here are some of the other family friendly activities offered at the ‘palooza:
-Kids' Korner with face painting, tattoos, balloon sculptures, and caricature drawings for kids of all ages.
-Free dog training sessions by Petco certified trainers.
-Author Ken Foster will sign his latest book, I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.
Pet Product Giveaways!
We keep mentioning free this and free that, but you still have to buy that rabbit and purchase that emergency microchip.
Here are some extra *truly* free grabs available at Adoptapalooza:
-Free pet ID tags.
-Free merchandise and information from pet-related vendors. Confirmed vendors include the Petco Foundation, K-10+,Merrick, Natural Balance, Nature's Variety, The Nutro Company, PAWZ Dog Boots, PetSafe, and Purina.
Bring a Shelter Donation!
Adopting a pet is one of the kindest things a person can do; you are bringing love, security, and happiness into a lost creature’s life, while at the same time, bringing the joy of a new pet to your home. What a beautifully symbiotic relationship! Additionally, Rock & Rawhide will collect clean blankets, sheets, and pet toys to distribute to animal shelters; donating any of these items is another way for you insure good karma upon yourself.
Confirmed shelters and rescue groups include: Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, All About Spay Neuter, Anarchy Animal Rescue, Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, ASPCA, Bideawee, Bronx Tails Cat Rescue, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Cat Assistance, City Critters, Four Paws Sake, NYC, Grateful Greyhounds, Husky House, KittyKind, Liberty Humane Society, Linda's Cat Assistance, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Pet Adoption League of New York, Posh Pets Rescue, Rabbit Rescue & Rehab, Red Hook Dog Rescue, Rescuzilla, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Social Tees Animal Rescue, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue, Tavi & Friends, Waggytail Rescue, Washington Heights Cat Colony (WaHi Cats), and Zani's Furry Friends.