Saturday, June 14, 2003

"Adopt a Little New Yorker Today!" Coming to a Park Near You

New York, NY – Saturday, June 14, 2003 – Each of the five boroughs of New York City will be welcoming its own major dog and cat adoption event over the next few months as a result of the groundbreaking partnership among the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., its affiliated organizations, and the City of New York. People from all over the City will have the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful New York dogs and cats currently available for the position of best friend.

The kick-off event, hosted by P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County, will be in Staten Island's beautiful Clove Lakes Park on June 28, 2003. Next, the very special dogs and cats of the Center for Animal Care and Control, along with cats and dogs from several other Alliance rescue groups and shelters, will be introduced at the Central Park's Bandshell on July 26. Soon to follow will be events in Queens' Cunningham Park (August 16) and Forest Park (September 13) hosted by Animal Haven, Brooklyn's Prospect Park (October 11) hosted by BARC Shelter, and finally in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. All events will run from Noon to 4 p.m.

Some of these very special little New Yorkers will include:


Completely black dogs and cats, specially selected to match the wardrobe of the most fashionable New Yorker!


Feline New Yorkers of every stripe! (Orange, grey, and even some tabbies!)


A large and varied selection of loving and peaceable St. Francis Terriers (a.k.a. pit bulls)!


Pure breeds, mystery breeds, and a few very special little New Yorkers with no breeding whatsoever!


Coney Island dogs!

Planned activities:


Parks & Recreation's Urban Park Rangers will be available to answer all your questions about urban wildlife and offer advice on the best ways to use the parks with a dog


For children — animal face-painting, animal tattoos (washable!), animal balloons


A strolling barbershop quartet will offer tunes


A pet psychic will be on hand so that anyone can find out what his or her current dog is thinking (Is he lonely? Does she want a new sister or brother? Is he a closet cat lover?) Or potential adopters can use the latest spirit techniques to find their perfectly compatible new best friend!


The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., is a coalition of 40 animal rescue groups and shelters, working with the City of New York, to find a great home for every cat and dog in NYC that needs one. For more information about the Alliance and its Participating Organizations please visit the Alliance website at



Jane Hoffman, President and Chair of the Board

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

244 Fifth Avenue, Suite R290

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 252-2350

Fax: (212) 591-6383




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