Adoptapalooza returns to Union Square with 500 pets available for adoption

Susan Richard
September 12, 2018 - 5:19 pm

(Above photos: Bille Axell/Mark McQueen/Dana Edelson)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) Union Square is again going to the dogs. And cats. And, oh yeah, rabbits too.

New York City’s largest annual pet adoption event returns to Manhattan on Sunday, September 16, from 12noon to 5pm, when the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals hosts Adoptapalooza in partnership with the Petco Foundation.

500 animals from 30 rescue local groups will be looking for new loving homes. "We have all types of breeds, sizes and ages", Alliance spokeswoman Stephanie Mattera told 1010 WINS, "and so every kind of animal you're looking for is available."

The Alliance believes adoption is the best option, telling 1010 WINS that not only are you helping to deal with the problem of pet overpopulation when you adopt, you also avoid supporting puppy mills, which breed animals under cruel and deplorable conditions. In addition, there are other advantages to adoption.  "Rescue groups spend a lot of time with these pets", says Mattera, "so you're going to get to know, before you adopt, what type of temperment this animal has and whether or not they fit your lifestyle, and you're really setting yourself up for success."

All animals at Adoptapalooza will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated.  Adoption fees and application processes vary by organization.

Watch video from a past Adoptapalooza event from AllForAnimalsTV:

In addition to pet adoptions, Adoptapalooza features microchipping for dogs and cats by Vetco, tricks and training tips from a certified Petco trainer on the dog training field, dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health and emergency preparedness information from New York City Emergency Management/ Ready New York.  There will also be face painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids by The Cheeky Chipmunk and  caricature portraits of people and pets by Lorelei Arts, as well as giveaways and information from event sponsors, including the Petco Foundation and the Animal Medical Center - Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education.

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