Hurricane-impacted cats, dogs find owners at Adoptapalooza

Dena Spinelli, a volunteer with rescue organization Husky House with Jake, a now-healthy husky that was rescued from a puppy mill (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Sunday afternoon, over 400 cats and dogs in need of homes were brought to Union Square Park for Adoptapalooza, an event held by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Petco Foundation. A constant stream of animal lovers, many considering adopting or fostering new pets, filled the park’s north end, which was lined with booths manned by shelter volunteers as well as a few booths for games, pet photos and caricatures as well as a grass field.

Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance, said at Adoptapalooza events, it’s typical for around 200 animals to get adopted.

“The value of it is it creates awareness,” said Hoffman, who also said it’s become a popular destination for families. This year, the event took on some extra urgency though thanks to a flurry of homeless pets from Florida and Texas following the hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“When we had Superstorm Sandy, we had groups fly out of parts of the country and help us,” Hoffman said. “With Harvey and Irma, our groups stepped up to help them.”

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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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