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Alliance for NYC’s Animals Presents Adoptapalooza Pet Adoption Event Celebrating the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary on April 10th On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the Alliance for NYC’s Animals will present a special Adoptapalooza mega adoption event celebrating the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary. The Alliance and the ASPCA are teaming up to bring New Yorkers a day filled with fun for the whole family, including the first-ever “NYC Paws Parade,” a huge Adoptapalooza adoption event at Union Square in Manhattan, and another family-friendly Adoptapalooza event at House of Vans in Brooklyn. All New Yorkers – human and four legged – are invited to come out and watch the celebration kick off at 11:00 a.m. with a special parade to recognize the many groups who protect our city’s animals. Led by the NYPD Mounted Unit, the NYC Paws Parade will feature dozens of animal shelters, NYPD officers, rescue groups, veterinarians, giveaways, and plenty of dogs, including Charlotte/Pip, a canine cruelty survivor from Staten Island, who will help lead the parade with her new adopted parents! Starting at Manhattan’s Madison Square Park (26th and Fifth Ave.), the parade will wind down Broadway into the North Plaza of Union Square and Adoptapalooza. Hosted by the Alliance, in partnership with Petco Foundation, Adoptapalooza will feature more than 300 homeless puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, and rabbits – all spayed or neutered and vaccinated – waiting to find forever families. The event runs from noon - 5 p.m. Adoption fees for all adoptions will be waived, thanks to a generous grant by Animal Planet.

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Adoptapalooza also offers dog tricks and training tips from a certified Petco trainer; a Dog Training Field sponsored by Merrick; a Kid’s Korner sponsored by Science Diet; dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health, microchips by Vetco (the first 50 are free!); emergency preparedness information from Ready New York / NYC Emergency Management; free pet photos and pet ID tags; and free sponsor giveaways. Donations of clean linens and pet toys for shelter animals will be accepted by Rock & Rawhide. A simultaneous Adoptapalooza adoption event will take place at the House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs and cats will also be available for fee-waived adoptions, and plenty of other fun activities are planned. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org 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. 

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New York Lifestyles Magazine - April 2016