Animals find homes at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park

By Maya Rader

Two-legged and four-legged patrons alike flocked to Union Square on Sunday afternoon for the pet-adoption extravaganza, Adoptapalooza. Hosted by the NYC Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, the event offered over 500 adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits in tents lining the north side of Union Square and the neighboring Petco. For those who already had a four-pawed pal, the event boasted a free microchipping tent, dog training enclosure, and many booths with merchandise and information. Union Square was crowded with hundreds of attendees, and after a few hours, many of the cages that were once filled with adoptable pets were empty, having found new homes.

Photos by Maya Rader

Letters to the editor, Sept. 13

Advice for NY Senate candidate Hoylman

To the editor:
Given my letter, I write to advise that State Senate candidate Brad Hoylman invited me for coffee after seeing it. But when I couldn’t think of a coffee shop, we went for beers.  He seems like a lovely and gracious guy for a Harvard educated lawyer. More important, his real love is for his baby girl, Silvia.
I explained that I wasn’t displeased with him but, rather, the county organization accepting his leap from district leader/community board chairman to state senator sans protest; that, in essence, he just happened to be good enough. My problem is that there is no Democratic organization, no team, no bench strength; like when the Mets had to call up Lee Mazzilli from Double A.
I see these free-for-all primaries as a result of Democratic reform and Mr. Hoylman sees himself as an unqualified reformer. From that perspective, we are left as rivals: After all, I earned my undergraduate degree at Syracuse.  He earned his at West Virginia.
For a full week after we spoke, I considered our chat and sent him e-mail arguing why he would be better off running for City Council in 2013, per his initial plan. He thought that my arguments were sober, but the Senate seat was open now.
But Town & Village’s coverage of the State Senate debate got me seeing things ironically. Mr. Greco, a regular guy, and more physically fit to “bang on desks to get a deal,” spoke like a reformer. He wants to get younger people involved who have strayed from local Democratic politics.
This is as opposed to Mr. Hoylman, the reformer, who, given the way he was hand-picked for the nomination, acted like Tammany Hall’s legendary George Washington Plunkett, who said, “I saw my opportunities and took them!”

Billy Sternberg, ST

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Letters to the Editor, June 21

Adopt a dog from a shelter, not a store

As a resident of Peter Cooper Village and dog lover, I’m hoping that the following information will encourage anyone looking for a dog to at least consider adopting from one of the many animal shelters in our area.

When you purchase a puppy from a pet store or over the internet, it has most likely come from a large-scale, substandard breeding facility where parent dogs are caged, bred as often as possible and live in filthy conditions.  Adopting from a shelter ensures that your money is not going to support a puppy mill.

When you adopt from a shelter you’re getting a dog who’s had both a medical and behavioral evaluation. has been neutered or spayed and has had the necessary shots.

Please visit the websites of these shelters for hours of operation and much more information about the services they offer.  All shelters are located in Manhattan except where noted. Many shelters have medical facilities, training classes, bereavement support and other programs to help you care for you pet.

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
212-876-7700 x4120
424 East 92nd Street (between First and York)

Bide-A-Wee
212-532-4455
410 East 38th Street (between 1st Ave and FDR)

Humane Society of NY
212-752-4840
309 East 59th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Animal Haven
212-274-8511
251 Centre Street (between Broome & Grand)

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals – a listing of NYC rescue groups
Petfinder – adoptable animals listed on the Internet
If you’re interested in a specific breed you haven’t been able to find at a shelter, you can try breed rescue groups at the Mayor’s Alliance website.

A few laws concerning dogs:

  • All dogs must have a current license.
  • All dogs must be vaccinated regularly against rabies.
  • All dogs must be on a six-foot (or shorter) leash when in public.
  • Dog owners must clean up their pets’ waste.
  • It is illegal to abandon a companion animal. To relinquish your pet, contact a local shelter.

Neglecting an animal’s care or harming an animal is a crime. Intentionally harming a companion animal is a felony in New York State.  Report   animal cruelty to ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement at (212) 876-7700 x4450. For 24 Hour Veterinary Care:  Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, (212) 838-8100.

What could be better than giving a loving and safe home to a homeless, neglected and scared dog? Thank you for considering adoption. Good luck!

Susan Huegel, PCV

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