Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

As the weather stays cold and we yearn for the sunny days of summer again, go ahead and enjoy these events in New York that will keep a stray animal warm. Do something good for a homeless animal as you strut your Jimmy Choo’s.

Sip cocktails and cuddle with a loved one, even if your loved one is all furry and eats off the floor! The Skybark Party Westminister Experience ( happening in conjunction with the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show lets you bring your pooch along. Join DJ Biden at the hippest pooch party in town. Get yummy gift bags, food & drink, and peruse over 25 of the pet industries most revered brands on display. This year SkyBark will be hold a silent auction to benefit the North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no kill animal rescue.

Skybark Party: Feb 12th 8pm – Midnight
Hotel Pennsylvania 7th Ave at 33rd St
$25/person $10/dog
Contact: 213-891-17

Drop by the Arlene Horton Gallery ( for the “A Home For A Pet And A Home For A Painting” Benefit for the Humane Society of New York ( The solo exhibit of animal paintings by portrait artist Arlene Horton happens from February 9th to the 20th. But don’t drop by on Sundays or Mondays as the gallery is closed.

Hours are 11am-6pm. There’s also a Reception on Saturday, February 13th 2-6pm.

Venue is New Century Artists Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor

More info from the Humane Society of New York
306 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 752-4842

Hang out with legal eagles at the NYC Bar Association event benefiting Dogs In Prison/Paws that Heal: Puppies Behind Bars Program.
When: Wednesday, February 24, 6-8pm
Where: NYC Bar Association, Stimson Room, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

The Puppies Behind Bars Dog Program ( works with incarcerated persons at prisons and juvenile justice facilities, and with dogs, to improve the lives of both. You can learn about these projects from their founders and from participants of the program.

In 2006, Puppies Behind Bars began raising service dogs for the disabled. In addition to basic obedience, manners, and socialization, inmate puppy raisers are responsible for teaching the pups almost eighty commands. Once the pups reach eighteen months of age, they are tested to determine their suitability for formal training. When a puppy is matched with a disabled individual, final training continues specific to the client’s needs. Currently, over forty service dogs are being raised in three of our six prisons.

Originally published February 2010
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