More Than 2,500 NYC Pets Find Homes During Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

NYC responsible for 30% of adoptions during nationwide event, says local host Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

On June 1 and 2, New Yorkers in all five boroughs turned out in force to adopt new four-legged family members. More than 2,500 previously homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens found new homes during Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, the city’s biggest free pet-adoption event ever.

The number of adoptions – more than twice the projected 1,000 – smashed all expectations. It also represents more than 30 percent of the total number of pets adopted across the country during what was a nation-wide effort to find families for thousands of homeless animals.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which hosted the event locally, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Alliance is a non-profit charity which partners with more than 150 local animal rescue groups and no-kill shelters to offer important programs and services that help save the lives of New York City’s homeless animals. Last year alone, more than 38,000 dogs and cats were taken in by local shelters and rescue groups.

Said Jane Hoffman, founder and president of the Alliance, “This was the first year in which the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals participated in this great event. We are delighted that New Yorkers came out to support the cause by welcoming so many animals into their homes.”

In declaring June 1 Alliance for NYC’s Animals Day, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wrote, “Since 2003, the Alliance has worked to save and re-home New York’s cats and dogs, and this weekend’s adoption event is a terrific way to celebrate this outstanding organization’s 10th anniversary.”

During the weekend-long Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days event, homeless pets of all breeds, sizes and personalities were presented for adoption in all five boroughs by more than 65 local-area shelters and rescue groups. Two mega-events, at the Upper West Side and Union Square locations of Petco, were awash in people oohing, aahing – and adopting pets.

Every adoption was free of charge to qualified adopters thanks to funding from the California-based Maddie’s Fund® (, a family foundation established in 1999 to help turn America into a no-kill nation. All of the animals had already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and, in most cases, microchipped.

Added Hoffman, “We are grateful to Maddie’s Fund for its generosity in supporting the work of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and helping us to find loving homes for these wonderful animals.”

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is America’s largest free pet-adoption event. New York City was one of eight communities throughout the United States participating this year. Others included locales across California, Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin.

While Maddie’s Fund had hoped to find homes for 5,000 animals, almost 8,000 were adopted. The foundation, which had set aside $4 million to subsidize the nationwide adoptions, will give between $5 million and $7 million to defray the costs incurred by the participating rescue groups and shelters.

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