Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

July and August are the months to get yourself outdoors, not just to get some beach time but also to enjoy events that help Mother Nature.

Broadway Barks!
This event started from the passionate commitment of Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, conceived to promote the adoption of shelter animals.

When: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Where: Shubert Alley, West of Broadway, between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
For more information, contact Broadway Barks! Scott Stevens at (212) 840-0770 x477, or visit

Animal Haven: Critter Academy
Animal Haven’s Critter Academy is a week-long summer program for children who love animals and are eager to learn more about them. There will be guest speaker sessions with trainers, service dog owners, vets, and a variety of expert celebrities in the animal field. Also, meet with Animal Haven cats and dogs that are available for adoption.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Bristol at (212) 274-8511 or, or visit
When: Session 1: July 13-17, 2009
Grades 1-2 : 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5 : 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session 2: August 10-14, 2009
Grades 1-2 : 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5 : 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Animal Haven
251 Centre Street (bet. Broome and Grand)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-8511

Animal Farm Foundation: Internship Program
Join the Animal Farm Foundation for their intensive hands-on internship program for everyone interested in working with shelter dogs. Learn about kennel enrichment, what is a “pit bull,” dog/dog interactions, myths and media coverage, adoptions, working with volunteers for success, and more. Each session is five days.

For more information or to apply, contact Courtney Steller at, or visit
When: Session 1: July 20-24, 2009
Session 2: August 3-7, 2009

Brooklyn Cyclones / Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals / Maddie’s Fund: “Bark in the Park” Day
Bring your dog to the ballpark as the Brooklyn Cyclones face the Vermont Lake Monsters! Cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption outside the front gate, and low-cost micro-chipping will be available for dogs of ticket-holders. Maddie, the Maddie’s Fund mascot, will throw out the first ball.

For more information or the purchase tickets, visit the
When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Where: Key Span Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn
Bleacher seats only. Call 718-37-BKLYN

Lunch with the Gorillas
A mid-day snack is certain to rally the troops! Visit with gorilla families and learn about these great apes.

When: July 3-4, July 10-11, July 17-18
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Gorilla Gallery
Fee: Exhibit admission is included with your Total Experience Ticket
Where: The Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460

Originally published July 2009
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