Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

I’m always on the lookout for a new fun toy, sparkly bauble, or delicious meal … for my dog! And in my pursuit for the better things in life, I often forget that there are simple pleasures in NY to be thankful for, things that a lot of pet-owners in other cities don’t enjoy as much as we do.

We have the most glorious public space with Central Park, and we enjoy parks big and small, as well as dog-runs scattered throughout the city. Central Park covers 843 acres. Dogs and their owners can enjoy much of the Park off-leash before 9:00 am and after 9:00 pm. I’m thankful that Central Park has 23 dog-friendly areas and 12 dog fountains around the Park and more are going to be installed. For a map of all these areas and pooch watering holes, go to For a list of all Off Leash Dog Parks not just in Manhattan but all five boroughs, check out

When we grab the quick brunch with our girlfriends to gossip about our latest news, we can tote our pooches along too. Although these restaurants limit your dog to their outdoor areas only, I’m glad we have places like Fetch (, a dog themed establishment at 1649 Third Avenue (212-289-2700). Fetch has partnered with Animal Haven ( so you can enjoy homemade granola or traditional eggs benedict, while you contemplate adopting a new family member from their adoption wall.

Cats often get overlooked in New York. They’re usually curled up indoors under your bed, or stretched out on your window sill, watching the world go by. There is a cat specialty store in the city called Just Cats, and it is as simple as that – all they have are cats and cat products. Get your meow fix at 244 East 60th Street (Ph: 212-888-2287). Open Mon – Sat 11-6; Sun 12-5

NY cit pet owners should also be thankful that we have a service like Ambuvet ( AmbuVet is the only pet emergency transport service in New York City that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by New York state board certified licensed veterinary technicians providing immediate response for pets that require transport to a veterinary facility. When your pet is in trouble and you need help, be thankful that it is a phone call away at 1-800-ambuvet (1-800-262-8838)

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for a warm hug that you share with your cat, a wet kiss from your dog, and their loyal affection.

Originally published November 2008
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