Adoptapalooza Is Taking Over Union Square

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A major adoption event is making its way to Union Square this Sunday.

Called Adoptapalooza, the event, put on by the Mayor’s Alliance and Petco, is aiming to find homes for 300 dogs and cats from more than 40 organizations including Rescuzilla, Social Tees Animal Rescue, Second Chance Rescue and AC&C of NYC.

Besides getting to see a ton of amazing dogs and cats, the event will feature services for licensing and microchipping along with education seminars pertaining to training, preparing for emergencies and behavioral issues.

Related: Adoptapalooza Is Heading to Long Island City This Sunday

Image by Randi Lass
Image by Randi Lass

The event also provides an area for kiddos, where they can get their faces painted, slap on some cool temporary tattoos and have caricatures drawn of them.

Related: An Inside Look at What It’s Like to Run a Rescue

With so much activities and support occurring at Union Square, Adoptapalooza definitely provides some amazing experiences but for Steve Gruber, the director of communications for the Mayor’s Alliance, the best part of the event still comes down to special connections.

“My favorite part is seeing the joy on the faces of people who have met their new best friend — and especially when I see an older dog or cat adopted,” he says. “You can tell that both the adopter and the new adoptee are delighted!”

Image by Dana Edelson
Image by Dana Edelson

Adoptions fees will vary from organization to organization. And if you can’t take a pet home that day, there is definitely the opportunity to donate and help these amazing rescues out. If people choose to donate directly to the Mayor’s Alliance, their funds will go towards helping getting more animals adopted, the Wheels on Hope transport program, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, Helping Pets and People in Crisis and other mega-adoption events.

The event will occur this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the North Plaza between Broadway and East 17th Street.

For a sneak peek of Sunday’s event, here is a clip from the 2012 Adoptapalooza.

Main image by Bille Axell, Axell Photography