Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Hosts “Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days”
If anything can warm the hearts of the toughest New Yorkers, it’s the sight of adorable dogs and puppies, kittens and cats – all in need of permanent loving homes. During the weekend of June 1-2, New Yorkers will have a chance to adopt thousands of them at New York’s (and the nation’s) largest FREE-pet-adoption event ever.
Called Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the two-day event will take place at more than 50 locations throughout the city, as well as in communities in California, Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin. Locally, the event is being hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of more than 150 nonprofit shelters and rescue groups whose mission is to end the killing of cats and dogs simply because they do not have homes.
All of the adoptable animals available during Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days are homeless and currently live in animal shelters or with rescue groups. They’ve been spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. While many have had rough starts, they have lots of love to give and need permanent, loving homes. All adoptions are FREE thanks to generous funding from Maddie’s Fund, a California-based family foundation whose goal is to empty the shelters in each participating community.
Animals will be up for adoption all across New York City and a single mega-event will take place in Manhattan each day. On Saturday, June 1, from 11am to 5pm, pets will be available for adoption outside Petco on West 92nd Street (southwest corner of Broadway). On Sunday, June 2, from 12pm to 5pm, the action moves downtown to the area outside the Petco Union Square (between 17th and 19th Streets). New Yorkers can find locations in other boroughs by logging on to the Alliance website, http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/.
More than 38,000 homeless dogs and cats were taken in by shelters and rescue groups in New York City last year. Yet, if New Yorkers understood the benefits of adopting pets from such organizations rather than purchasing them from pet stores and breeders, many, if not all, of these animals could find loving homes.
To name just few advantages …
… Expert advice. The staff and volunteers of shelters and rescue groups know their furry charges’ personalities and quirks well. That means they can offer spot-on advice and excel at matching prospective owners with the perfect pets for them.
… Ready, set, go. Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups come already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and, often, microchipped. That means big savings for new pet owners – not only in terms of money, but in terms of time and worry, too.
… Saves money. While adoption fees vary from shelter to shelter, they’re always much lower than the fees charged by pet stores and breeders. (At the June 1-2 Maddie’s Pet-Adoption Days events all adoptions are FREE.)
… More choice. Shelters and recue groups offer a variety of breeds and mixes. That includes large number of pure breeds, which account for roughly 25 percent of all shelter pets.
… Saves lives. Adopting from rescue organizations reduces the demand for so-called puppy mills, which breed dogs and cats under cruel and painful conditions.