On April 10, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals held an Adoptapalooza event in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary.
Held at Greenpoint’s own House of Vans, 300 dogs, cats, and bunnies were breaking all sorts of hearts (or possibly making them whole again for the people who came to adopt).
Aside from getting to squee 300 times over, attendees were treated to meet & greets with celebrity pets like Marnie the Dog, Mervin the Chihuahua, Chloe Kardoggian, and Ella Bean the Dog, plus food trucks, photo booths, and a film premiere for a documentary called “Second Chance Dogs.”
For your Thursday afternoon edification, here are some choice snaps.
Today from 1-4pm, ASPCA is hosting this event for pets in need of homes at the House of Vans (25 Franklin St).
Spring is officially here and what could be better than a puppy/kitten party to celebrate your re-birth into the outdoor world. Even if you can’t adopt it’ll be worth it just to hang out with (I’ll say it again) PUPPIES AND KITTENS.
There will also be food from Yeah Dawg and Calexico, drinks, a photo booth, and face painting. And if you are looking to adopt, ASPCA will be there to answer all your questions.
I received this letter from Dog Habitat Rescue and think it is important to repost it in it’s entirety. If you care about animals, then read this and take action.
Tonight we write to you for a very important matter. This wednesday the AG committee members will be voting on a bill presented by the ASPCA (BILL # A05449A). Unlike what you may think, this bill is not to protect NY homeless animals but all the opposite, this bill looks to grant shelters the legal authority to refuse rescue groups for arbitrary reasons and to eliminate the holding period for any animal that enters the shelters.
Many of you know closely the work we do and how hard we fight daily to make NYC a NO Kill City. Many of you have rescued animals from us, animals that once were on a shelter kill list and if it wasn’t for the right rescue groups have to pull them they would not be alive today.
Please take a moment to read the bill. If you agree with us, that all animals deserve the right to at least be tested before being given a death sentence YOU MUST email all members of the AG committee (emails listed below) YOU MUST call their office numbers (listed below) and voice your opinion, it is the least we can do for the animals we love so much.
Sadly, this bill is expected to pass unless public opinion puts enough pressure for the assemblymen voting to stop it. Let’s appeal to the humanity on these people. As new yorkers we can not allow this bill to pass. We are already behind other cities when it comes to animals rights. This bill will hurt and block all efforts rescue groups make daily to make NYC NO KILL.
This bill is a slap in the face to all of us who work day and night to save animals, is an insult to everyone who has ever rescued and loved an animal. This bill was presented by the ASPCA out of spite after Oreo’s law passed and publicly showed the ineffective and inhumane policies the ASPCA operates under.
We have one day to make ourselves heard. We can do this. Please take action and encourage everyone you know to participate. The only way to stop this bill is by putting enough pressure on the politicians voting
Here is a link to a page that has a sample letter you can use http://our-compass.org/ and where you can learn more about the bill.
Cats [blank] like rabbits and exponentially grow in numbers.
A recent Greenpoint Gazette article cites the problems caused by rising feral cat populations and explains that the Trap-Nueter-Released (TNR) model is, “If you feed, fit it!” If you think you’re helping strays by feeding them, but not going the extra step to have them neutered, you are making the problem worse. And don’t be a [blank] and abandon your pets ever! There is no need to elaborate on how [blanked] up that is.
I received a letter from a Greenpointer who needs your help:
“I currently feed a colony of feral cats on Green St that are all neutered and friendly. They keep the rats away and make people smile. Just for the record there is one or two of me on every block in Greenpoint: people who take care of cats that were dumped because someone couldn’t take care of them. It’s a sad reality.
Although I don’t live in the area anymore, I come back every other day to feed the Green Stcats, and have since discovered a family of kittens on West between Green and Huron, behind a blue construction wall. I’ve posted signs for help from the West St residents but have had only 1 response. It’s very disheartening. This is a serious issue as cats can breed after six weeks. Five kittens have now turned into 10.
If anyone is trained in TNR (trap, neuter and return) please contact me. I will help in any way, money or otherwise. I can be contacted through my email: lmolins1 (at) hotmail.com. This is something that really needs attention.”