Help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ASPCA and its tireless work to end animal abuse and homelessness. On Sunday, April 10, 2016, in honor of this milestone anniversary, the ASPCA and the Alliance for NYC’s Animals are teaming up to bring you a day filled with fun for the whole family including the first-ever “NYC Paws Parade” and Adoptapalooza – New York’s original mega-adoption event featuring hundreds of adorable puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, and rabbits in need of loving homes.
We invite all New Yorkers – human and four legged – to come 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 lots of dogs! Charlotte/Pip, a canine cruelty survivor from Staten Island, will also help lead the parade with her new adopted parents!
Starting at Manhattan’s Madison Square Park (26th and Fifth Ave) the parade will culminate in the North Plaza of Union Square with 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. Adoption fees for all adoptions will be waived – they will be covered by Animal Planet, a generous partner to the ASPCA.
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; free microchips by Vetco; 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.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 Rain or Shine
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: NYC PAWS Parade
Begins: Madison Square Park (26th and Fifth Ave) MANHATTAN
End: Union Square Park (Broadway and 17th Street) MANHATTAN
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Adoptapalooza – New York’s Original Mega Adoption Event
North Plaza – Union Square Park