New Yorkers have long been the frontrunners in having their pets as part of the family, we also know the importance of pet adoption. Here are some events around town that you can enjoy with your four legged friend and maybe, even bring home a new family member.


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The Alliance for NYC’s Animals Presents Second Annual Adoptapalooza

Mega-Pet Adoption Event in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, rain or shine, The Alliance for NYC’s Animals (The Alliance) presents the second annual Prospect Park Adoptapalooza, NYC’s first and original mega-pet adoption event.  Featuring more than 150 lovable dogs and cats from more than a dozen different rescue organizations, it will be an afternoon of fun for the whole family.

Adoptapalooza will also offer free personalized pet tag giveaways and free photos of pets and their people.  Dog licenses for only $8.50 ($34 for animals that have not been spayed/neutered) will be available from the NYC Department of Health.  Important information to help pet owners prepare for emergencies will be provided by New York Emergency Management (EM) / Ready New York.  And for children or the young at heart, The Cheeky Chipmunk will do free face painting and temporary tattoos. Vetco, which provides wellness services for dogs and cats at Petco and Unleashed stores, will offer free microchipping for dogs and cats. 


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Alliance for NYC’S Animals and the Brooklyn Cyclones

Invite You and Your Dog to the Ballpark for an Afternoon of Family Fun

On Sunday, August 14, 2016 The Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Brooklyn Cyclones are teaming up to bring you – and your dog – a great afternoon of family fun at “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, August 14, 2016 as the Cyclones take on the 2015 NYPL champions the West Virginia Black Bears at Municipal Credit Union Park.  The fun starts at 2:00 p.m., the gates open at 2:30 p.m., and the first pitch will be thrown at 4:00 p.m.

Outside the stadium activities kick off at 2:00 p.m. with a mini pet adoption fair presented by Brooklyn’s own Sean Casey Animal Rescue showing dogs and cats on a North Shore Animal League America mobile adoption unit.  Also onsite will be free photos-ops for pets and their people as well as free personalized pet tag giveaways.  FreshPet, a leading brand in natural pet food and treats, will be handing out food and coupons.  The NYC Department of Heath will be on hand for dog licensing and free rabies vaccinations, and NYC Emergency Management / Ready New York will offer important information on how to prepare you and your pets for emergencies.

Baseball fans and their dogs will “bark, bark, bark” for the home team in the bleacher seats where water will be provided for the canine companions – all to help raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. Before the game starts, dogs and their owners will have a chance to go on the field and strut their stuff in the “parade of pooches.”


The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® (the Alliance) 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.