Adopt A Pet
The northeast corner of Union Square Park was filled with adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits looking for homes Sunday afternoon, at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Adoptapalooza.
“An event like this draws people who want to adopt, but might not want to go to a shelter,” said Steve Gruber from the Mayor’s Alliance. “Our mission is to reduce euthanasia at the city shelters and to find homes for all the healthy and treatable dogs and cats of the city.” More than 200 animals up for adoption, from various rescue centers and shelters, were there to meet New Yorkers looking for pets. In addition to adoptions, there were also raffles, training and grooming centers hosted by Petco, specialty vendors, and more.We’re hoping to adopt a dog, something small and hypoallergenic. We like Maltese mixes but we’re open to other breeds,” said Billie Carlebach. Carlebach, who lives in Brooklyn with three cats, lost her dog last year. “We save cats, off the street, and bring them to places like these, rescue centers.” Many of the rescue groups, who don’t have a brick-and-mortar central location, use foster homes for the animals they take in, and are breed specific. New Yorkers looking to adopt could stop by tents with information and adoption books for huskies, bulldogs, and other breeds.