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Best Friends Animal Rescue’s “Super Adoption Event” Finds Homes for Over 200 Pets

December 15th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Best Friends Animal Rescue’s “Super Adoption Event” Finds Homes for Over 200 Pets

This weekend, the three-day long “Super Adoption Event” hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, surely proved to be super. In collaboration with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, the organization united shelters and rescue groups at the Brooklyn Expo Center in an effort to find homes for abandoned or rescued animals from across America.

Poodles, Huskies, Pitbulls— you name it. All weekend long, people who had preapproved applications were able to mingle around the venue and have their pick of over 500 dogs from 25 participating adoption organizations within the tri-state area.


Photos not enough for you?

The event proved to be a success, and thanks to Best Friends Animal Society, 239 pets will now have a home and family for the holidays.

Tags: adoption · Best Friends Animal Society · brooklyn · Dogs · event · First Time Adopters · Non Profit · puppies · rescue · shelter · Shelters

Best Friends Animal Rescue’s “Super Adoption Event” Finds Homes for Over 200 Pets

December 15th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Best Friends Animal Rescue’s “Super Adoption Event” Finds Homes for Over 200 Pets

This weekend, the three-day long “Super Adoption Event” hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, surely proved to be super. In collaboration with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, the organization united shelters and rescue groups at the Brooklyn Expo Center in an effort to find homes for abandoned or rescued animals from across America.

Poodles, Huskies, Pitbulls— you name it. All weekend long, people who had preapproved applications were able to mingle around the venue and have their pick of over 500 dogs from 25 participating adoption organizations within the tri-state area.


Photos not enough for you?

The event proved to be a success, and thanks to Best Friends Animal Society, 239 pets will now have a home and family for the holidays.

Tags: adoption · Best Friends Animal Society · brooklyn · Dogs · event · First Time Adopters · Non Profit · puppies · rescue · shelter · Shelters

Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

December 3rd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

Pitbulls, and terriers, and labs — oh my! In a weekend long adoption event taking place December 12 through December 14, hosted by Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, people will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of  mixed-breed rescued dogs to bring home.

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer based organization, is dedicated to finding homes for dogs that have been rescued from pounds in the rural South. Since 2011, the “Badass Team” has rescued over 1,300 dogs from pounds in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, which are known for killing most dogs at their facilities, and using inhumane tactics such as gas chamber killings.

In an effort to promote adoption and raise money to rescue and rehabilitate more dogs, the organization is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to hold the longest and largest event since the inception of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

To ensure that the dogs find suitable, loving homes, prospective adopters are asked to fill out an application prior to the event.

The application begins with simple questions, then delves deeper into personal questions regarding past history of pet ownership and what the future may hold for the adopted dog.

To gain approval, one must meet certain requirements. According to the adoption policy on the organization’s website, “In order to adopt a pet, you must be at least 23 years old, be able to provide references and one form of government issued identification, consent to a home visit, pay the adoption fee and agree to all terms of the adoption application and contract.”

Upon getting approved, a person simply has to attend the adoption event at the Brooklyn Expo Center, where he or she will be able to choose the dog that they wish to bring home. There is an adoption fee of $450, which “covers vetting, boarding, spay/neuter (if over 6 months), transportation from the rescued kill shelter, collar, leash and Badass adoption package.”

Can’t wait for the event? You can take a look at the “Badass Available Dogs” photo album on their Facebook page, where many of the dogs that will be at the event are listed. *SPOILER ALERT* – They’re all really cute.

If you cannot attend the event, make sure to read the next follow up post, which will document what occurred at the event.

Event Information:
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 – Sun, Dec 14, 2014
11am-4pm

Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11222

Not quite sure if you’re ready to adopt or not? Take this quiz and find out for yourself.

Tags: adoption · Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue · brooklyn · Dogs · event · First Time Adopters · Non Profit · rescue

Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

December 3rd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

In a weekend long adoption event taking place December 12 through December 14, hosted by Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, people will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of dogs to bring home.

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer based organization, is dedicated to finding homes for dogs that have been rescued from pounds in the rural South. Since 2011, the “Badass Team” has rescued over 1,300 dogs from pounds in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, which are known for killing most dogs at their facilities, and using inhumane tactics such as gas chamber killings.

In an effort to promote adoption and raise money to rescue and rehabilitate more dogs, the organization is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to hold the longest and largest event since the inception of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

To ensure that the dogs find suitable, loving homes, prospective adopters are asked to fill out an application prior to the event.

The application begins with simple questions, then delves deeper into personal questions regarding past history of pet ownership and what the future may hold for the adopted dog.

To gain approval, one must meet certain requirements. According to the adoption policy on the organization’s website, “In order to adopt a pet, you must be at least 23 years old, be able to provide references and one form of government issued identification, consent to a home visit, pay the adoption fee and agree to all terms of the adoption application and contract.”

Upon getting approved, a person simply has to attend the adoption event at the Brooklyn Expo Center, where he or she will be able to choose the dog that they wish to bring home. There is an adoption fee of $450, which “covers vetting, boarding, spay/neuter (if over 6 months), transportation from the rescued kill shelter, collar, leash and Badass adoption package.”

Can’t wait for the event? You can take a look at the “Badass Available Dogs” photo album on their Facebook page, where many of the dogs that will be at the event are listed.

If you cannot attend the event, make sure to read the next follow up post, which will document what occurred at the event.

Event Information:
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 – Sun, Dec 14, 2014
11am-4pm

Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11222

Not quite sure if you’re ready to adopt or not? Take this quiz and find out for yourself.

Tags: adoption · Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue · brooklyn · Dogs · event · First Time Adopters · Non Profit · rescue

Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

December 3rd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Adopting a Dog at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue’s Super Adoption Event

Pitbulls, and terriers, and labs — oh my! In a weekend long adoption event taking place December 12 through December 14, hosted by Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, people will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of  mixed-breed rescued dogs to bring home.

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer based organization, is dedicated to finding homes for dogs that have been rescued from pounds in the rural South. Since 2011, the “Badass Team” has rescued over 1,300 dogs from pounds in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, which are known for killing most dogs at their facilities, and using inhumane tactics such as gas chamber killings.

In an effort to promote adoption and raise money to rescue and rehabilitate more dogs, the organization is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to hold the longest and largest event since the inception of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

To ensure that the dogs find suitable, loving homes, prospective adopters are asked to fill out an application prior to the event.

The application begins with simple questions, then delves deeper into personal questions regarding past history of pet ownership and what the future may hold for the adopted dog.

To gain approval, one must meet certain requirements. According to the adoption policy on the organization’s website, “In order to adopt a pet, you must be at least 23 years old, be able to provide references and one form of government issued identification, consent to a home visit, pay the adoption fee and agree to all terms of the adoption application and contract.”

Upon getting approved, a person simply has to attend the adoption event at the Brooklyn Expo Center, where he or she will be able to choose the dog that they wish to bring home. There is an adoption fee of $450, which “covers vetting, boarding, spay/neuter (if over 6 months), transportation from the rescued kill shelter, collar, leash and Badass adoption package.”

Can’t wait for the event? You can take a look at the “Badass Available Dogs” photo album on their Facebook page, where many of the dogs that will be at the event are listed. *SPOILER ALERT* – They’re all really cute.

If you cannot attend the event, make sure to read the next follow up post, which will document what occurred at the event.

Event Information:
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 – Sun, Dec 14, 2014
11am-4pm

Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11222

Not quite sure if you’re ready to adopt or not? Take this quiz and find out for yourself.

Tags: adoption · Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue · brooklyn · Dogs · event · First Time Adopters · Non Profit · rescue

North Shore Animal League Saves Lives

October 19th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on North Shore Animal League Saves Lives

Riley posing for the camera in the kitchen of Perdoch home.

Riley posing for the camera in the kitchen of the Perdoch home.

“I saw him sitting all alone in his own cage in the corner, and I knew that I wouldn’t be leaving the place without him,” said Susan Perdoch, a resident of Little Neck, New York.

Perdoch was explaining her experience as she walked through North Shore Animal League for the first time. The dog she was describing is Riley, her black Labrador retriever mix, who is now five years old and an integral member of the family. Hearing her story hit especially close to home, as my first pet was a blonde Labrador retriever from North Shore Animal League.

My first dog, a blond Labrador retriever mix, and I circa 1996.

My first dog, a blonde Labrador retriever mix, and I circa 1996. (Photo by Stacy Lockwood)

“As soon as we brought him home he started running around the house and jumping on everything. We knew he’d be a perfect fit for this crazy family,” added Olivia Perdoch, Susan Perdoch’s daughter.

Riley is now in good health, however when the Perdoch family first encountered him at the shelter, he was undergoing treatment for parvovirus, a disease common among dogs from puppy mills. Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks dividing cells and white blood cells in a dog’s body. If the virus remains untreated, it may result in irreversible damage to the intestinal tract, as well as lifelong cardiac problems.

When Riley was taken to his new home, he had to continue taking antibiotics to combat the disease. Thankfully, North Shore Animal League has on on-site veterinary medical center, fully equipped with a highly trained medical staff, where Riley had been nursed back to health before going to a new home.

Riley at his favorite spot in the house... the couch.

Riley at his favorite spot in the house… the couch.

It is not uncommon to find out that someone’s pet was adopted from North Shore Animal League, as the website boasts that since 1944, the organization has saved the lives of over one million dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens to date. It is widely known for its policy against the use of euthanasia, as the volunteers and staff focus their efforts on rehabilitation for animals in all conditions.

North Shore Animal League, located in Port Washington, New York, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Today it ranks as one of the most reputable adoption services in the New York area, however this widespread notoriety did not occur overnight.

The organization acts as a pioneer in the field of adoption, as it has implemented several new innovations that have influenced similar and nearby adoption agencies. It rose to prominence, especially within the last 20 years, through the use of advertising, a tactic that was never before used for adoption purposes.

Perhaps the most revolutionary program was the Pet Adoptathon, an event in which the doors of the establishment were kept open for 36 hours on end in an effort to gain attention and promote adoption. After receiving praise from the press, other shelters observed the success of the event and launched their own, turning it into an annual event that generates nationwide participation. According to North Shore Animal League’s website, “Today, over 2,000 shelters in the U.S., and in 26 other countries, join us for Pet Adoptathon with one common goal – to join forces and adopt over 20,000 animals into permanent homes over a single weekend.”

The organization emphasizes its mission to save the lives of innocent animals and reduce animal cruelty, while simultaneously promoting adoption as an accessible, worthwhile choice. If anyone is interested in adopting a dog or cat, a trip to North Shore Animal League almost guarantees that you will come home with one. After all, how could you leave the place empty handed after seeing a face like this…

Every bed in the house belongs to Riley.

Every bed in the house belongs to Riley.

Contact North Shore Animal League:
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
adoptions@animalleague.org
(516) 883-7575

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

Tags: adoption · Dogs · First Time Adopters · north shore animal league · parvovirus · Puppy Mills · rescue · shelter · Shelters

North Shore Animal League: America’s Largest No-Kill Adoption Organization Saves Lives

October 19th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on North Shore Animal League: America’s Largest No-Kill Adoption Organization Saves Lives

“I saw him sitting all alone in his own cage in the corner, and I knew that I wouldn’t be leaving the place without him,” said Susan Perdoch, a resident of Little Neck, New York.

Perdoch was explaining her experience as she walked through North Shore Animal League for the first time. The dog she was describing is Riley, her black Labrador retriever mix, who is now five years old and an integral member of the family. Hearing her story hit especially close to home, as my first pet was a blonde Labrador retriever from North Shore Animal League.

My first dog, a blonde Labrador retriever mix, and I circa 1996. (Photo by Stacy Lockwood)

“As soon as we brought him home he started running around the house and jumping on everything. We knew he’d be a perfect fit for this crazy family,” added Olivia Perdoch, Susan Perdoch’s daughter.

Riley is now in good health, however when the Perdoch family first encountered him at the shelter, he was undergoing treatment for parvovirus, a disease common among dogs from puppy mills. Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks dividing cells and white blood cells in a dog’s body. If the virus remains untreated, it may result in irreversible damage to the intestinal tract, as well as lifelong cardiac problems.

When Riley was taken to his new home, he had to continue taking antibiotics to combat the disease. Thankfully, North Shore Animal League has on on-site veterinary medical center, fully equipped with a highly trained medical staff, where Riley had been nursed back to health before going to a new home.

Riley at his favorite spot in the house– the couch. 

It is not uncommon to find out that someone’s pet was adopted from North Shore Animal League, as the website boasts that since 1944, the organization has saved the lives of over one million dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens to date. It is widely known for its policy against the use of euthanasia, as the volunteers and staff focus their efforts on rehabilitation for animals in all conditions.

North Shore Animal League, located in Port Washington, New York, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Today it ranks as one of the most reputable adoption services in the New York area, however this widespread notoriety did not occur overnight.

The organization acts as a pioneer in the field of adoption, as it has implemented several new innovations that have influenced similar and nearby adoption agencies. It rose to prominence, especially within the last 20 years, through the use of advertising, a tactic that was never before used for adoption purposes.

Perhaps the most revolutionary program was the Pet Adoptathon, an event in which the doors of the establishment were kept open for 36 hours on end in an effort to gain attention and promote adoption. After receiving praise from the press, other shelters observed the success of the event and launched their own, turning it into an annual event that generates nationwide participation. According to North Shore Animal League’s website, “Today, over 2,000 shelters in the U.S., and in 26 other countries, join us for Pet Adoptathon with one common goal – to join forces and adopt over 20,000 animals into permanent homes over a single weekend.”

The organization emphasizes its mission to save the lives of innocent animals and reduce animal cruelty, while simultaneously promoting adoption as an accessible, worthwhile choice. If anyone is interested in adopting a dog or cat, a trip to North Shore Animal League almost guarantees that you will come home with one. After all, how could you leave the place empty handed after seeing a face like this…

Contact North Shore Animal League:
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
adoptions@animalleague.org
(516) 883-7575

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

Tags: adoption · Dogs · First Time Adopters · north shore animal league · parvovirus · Puppy Mills · rescue · shelter · Shelters

ASPCA Mobile Events Promote Adoption in Stuyvesant Town

October 12th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on ASPCA Mobile Events Promote Adoption in Stuyvesant Town

“I went out today to go shopping but I didn’t expect to be bringing home a cat instead of a pair of shoes,” said Evelyn James, 28, who lives in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.

This was the beginning of an exciting conversation I shared with James one afternoon as we stood beside an ASPCA van at one of their mobile adoption events. As an animal lover myself, and someone who was raised by a family that has adopted several dogs over the years, I was intrigued by James’ decision to adopt that day.

I met James, who currently has no pets and had no intentions of getting one in the near future, while walking to Starbucks one recent afternoon. I noticed a group of people huddled around an orange van on the corner of First Avenue and East 18th Street. Out of curiosity I decided to take a look at what was going on, and as I drew nearer I could see that branded across the side of the van were the letters “ASPCA.” Better yet, the van was filled with cats and kittens, all of which were up for adoption by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I hope my boyfriend isn’t allergic to cats,” she said with a chuckle. James explained that while growing up, her family always had a cat in the home. Since moving out of the house, she always felt her apartment was lacking something without a furry friend to come home to.

An orange Tabby cat that was adopted at the mobile adoption event.
Thanks to an impulse decision, this little guy will finally have a home for the first time. The two-year-old Tabby mix has known nothing but a life of neglect and abandonment.

“He was found on a street in the Bronx, with matted fur and bones sticking out,” explained Dan Rizzo, an ASPCA volunteer working at the pop-up adoption van. “We believe he probably belonged to someone at some point because he seemed pretty comfortable around people and his nails looked like they hadn’t been clipped too long ago.”

Pet adoption is a process that benefits both the animals being rescued, as well as the adopters themselves. Despite the large amount of dogs, cats, and other animals that live in shelters and need to go home to a loving family, many people continue to buy animals from pet stores. It is my hope that by promoting the mobile adoption events that the ASPCA holds, people will become curious about adoption and feel compelled to take further action.

The ASPCA has several of these “mobile adoption events” throughout the city, which have so far been a great success. All of the pets presented are spayed and neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and micro chipped.

“It’s one thing to look at pictures of the cats and dogs we have up for adoption on our website, but it’s a completely different story when a person sees an animal in person and can’t help but fall in love,” Rizzo said.

The van was surrounded by men, women, and children of all ages. Most people looking through the glass at the available cats were people simply admiring the tiny kittens, yet there were a few interested people who were interested in either adopting one of the cats within the van, or another cat that the ASPCA has available at the main headquarters at 424 East 92nd Street. People stood around the van and observed these cats and kittens, which ranged in size, color, age, and breed.

According to national estimates released by the ASPCA, 41 percent of cats, and 31 percent of dogs, entering shelters are eventually euthanized, so the ASPCA strongly advocates the spaying or neutering of pets. Besides just having mobile adoption events, they also offer low cost spaying and neutering services at several of their mobile clinics throughout the five boroughs.

It warmed my heart to watch Evelyn hold her new cat for the first time with a smile from ear to ear. Finding this ASPCA van was an unexpected, but gratifying, detour. Eventually I did make it to Starbucks after a few minutes of obsessing over the kittens and considering how mad my roommates would be if I actually brought one home. Kittens and coffee… not a bad way to begin my day.

My very satisfying hazelnut iced coffee. Apparently my name is not Nicole… It’s Michol.

Contact the ASPCA Adoption Center:
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
www.aspca.org
(212) 876-7700 ext. 4120

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

Tags: adoption · ASPCA · Cats · First Time Adopters · pet · rescue · Shelters

ASPCA Mobile Events Promote Adoption

October 12th, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on ASPCA Mobile Events Promote Adoption

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An ASPCA van containing cats for adoption on the corner of First Avenue and 18th Street.

“I went out today to go shopping but I didn’t expect to be bringing home a cat instead of a pair of shoes,” said Evelyn James, 28, who lives in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.

This was the beginning of an exciting conversation I shared with James one afternoon as we stood beside an ASPCA van at one of their mobile adoption events. As an animal lover myself, and someone who was raised by a family that has adopted several dogs over the years, I was intrigued by James’ decision to adopt that day.

I met James, who currently has no pets and had no intentions of getting one in the near future, while walking to Starbucks one recent afternoon. I noticed a group of people huddled around an orange van on the corner of First Avenue and East 18th Street. Out of curiosity I decided to take a look at what was going on, and as I drew nearer I could see that branded across the side of the van were the letters “ASPCA.” Better yet, the van was filled with cats and kittens, all of which were up for adoption by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I hope my boyfriend isn’t allergic to cats,” she said with a chuckle. James explained that while growing up, her family always had a cat in the home. Since moving out of the house, she always felt her apartment was lacking something without a furry friend to come home to.

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An orange Tabby cat that was adopted at the mobile adoption event.

Thanks to an impulse decision, this little guy will finally have a home for the first time. The two-year-old Tabby mix has known nothing but a life of neglect and abandonment.

“He was found on a street in the Bronx, with matted fur and bones sticking out,” explained Dan Rizzo, an ASPCA volunteer working at the pop-up adoption van. “We believe he probably belonged to someone at some point because he seemed pretty comfortable around people and his nails looked like they hadn’t been clipped too long ago.”

Pet adoption is a process that benefits both the animals being rescued, as well as the adopters themselves. Despite the large amount of dogs, cats, and other animals that live in shelters and need to go home to a loving family, many people continue to buy animals from pet stores. It is my hope that by promoting the mobile adoption events that the ASPCA holds, people will become curious about adoption and feel compelled to take further action.

The ASPCA has several of these “mobile adoption events” throughout the city, which have so far been a great success. All of the pets presented are spayed and neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and micro chipped.

“It’s one thing to look at pictures of the cats and dogs we have up for adoption on our website, but it’s a completely different story when a person sees an animal in person and can’t help but fall in love,” Rizzo said.

The van was surrounded by men, women, and children of all ages. Most people looking through the glass at the available cats were people simply admiring the tiny kittens, yet there were a few interested people who were interested in either adopting one of the cats within the van, or another cat that the ASPCA has available at the main headquarters at 424 East 92nd Street. People stood around the van and observed these cats and kittens, which ranged in size, color, age, and breed.

According to national estimates released by the ASPCA, 41 percent of cats, and 31 percent of dogs, entering shelters are eventually euthanized, so the ASPCA strongly advocates the spaying or neutering of pets. Besides just having mobile adoption events, they also offer low cost spaying and neutering services at several of their mobile clinics throughout the five boroughs.

It warmed my heart to watch Evelyn hold her new cat for the first time with a smile from ear to ear. Finding this ASPCA van was an unexpected, but gratifying, detour. Eventually I did make it to Starbucks after a few minutes of obsessing over the kittens and considering how mad my roommates would be if I actually brought one home. Kittens and coffee… not a bad way to begin my day.

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My very satisfying hazelnut iced coffee. Apparently my name is not Nicole… It’s Michol.

Contact the ASPCA Adoption Center:
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
www.aspca.org
(212) 876-7700 ext. 4120

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

Tags: adoption · ASPCA · Cats · First Time Adopters · pet · rescue · Shelters

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