Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

World Animal Day will be celebrated around the world on October 4th, a day for us to pause and think about our fellow creatures. And the 1st New York Week for the Animals will take place October 10th to 18th, 2009. Here are some of the events you and your pet can enjoy, and if you don’t have a pet yet, there will be many events to help you find your furry mate.

Saturday October 10th to Sunday October 18th
The beloved New York Aquarium is joining in the celebration of 1st New York’s Week for the Animals. The Aquarium is filled with a fantastic array of fascinating creatures, and offers wonderful opportunities every day to meet these delightful animals up close.

New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York
10:00am -5:00pm Monday-Friday
10:00am -5:30pm Weekends & Holidays
http://www.nyaquarium.com

Take the F or Q train to the West 8th Street station in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Alternatively, take the N or D trains to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station, then walk two blocks east on Surf Ave.

Sea Lion Celebration at the Aquatheater
The can crawl like a caterpillar, do a backbend like a gymnast, bark on cue, and dive down to 600 feet in the ocean. Meet the Aquarium’s multi-talented sea lions at this interactive, musical training demonstration.

Sea Otter Feedings
Join Danny and Spanky for their daily fish feeding, then watch the otter duo play games with their keepers. A favorite is the retrieve game, when keepers toss balls into the deep waters for Danny and Spanky to bring up to the surface in exchange for a treat. You’ll also have a chance to ask the keepers you questions about sea otters.

Penguin Feedings
Meet Wendell, Brooklyn’s most famous penguin resident, and the other members of the black-footed colony during their daily feeding. You’ll also have a chance to ask the keepers your questions about penguins.

Planet Earth: Shallow Sea 4-D Experience
Experience the sounds, sights, and scents of the shallow seas. Hear the ocean’s waves crash and feel its salty spray as you surf the coast with bottlenose dolphins and dive with sea lions. 3-D glasses are included.

Octopus Chats
Learn about one of our craftiest creatures during daily octopus chats. Playful and intelligent, Pacific octopuses have a learning curve and can use their memory skills to solve puzzles, especially when there’s a treat involved

Saturday, October 10th 2pm – 5pm
Animal Care & Control of NYC Rabbit Adoption Day
Petco Union Square
860 Broadway

Animal Care is a donor-funded program within Animal Care & Control of NYC. AC&C takes in and cares for the homeless animals that have no other place to go. Animal Care is dedicated to raising funds to create a comfortable and happy environment for the animals in the Centers and to end the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable dogs and cats. Animal Care is funded by donations and grants. 100% of the money received is used to improve the facilities, expand adoption, medical and transport services, walk the dogs and socialize the cats. http://www.nycacc.org

Saturday October 10th 2pm-7pm
Eve’s Sanctuary Animal Rescue Adoption Event
Outside Lush Cosmetics
1293 Broadway, between 76th and 77th Streets

Eve’s Sanctuary’s will have beautiful kittens, cats, and dogs available for adoption. They will be set up at the Upper West Side location every Saturday -weather permitting- through the fall.
For more information, contact Jackie Pepe at jaclyn_pepe@hotmail.com, or visit Sanctuary Animal Rescue http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY679.html

Saturday October 10th 8pm
Special Performance of Phil Geoffrey Bonds’s My Friend, the Cat
Benefit for Zani’s Furry Friends

The Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd Street
(located in The West Bank Cafe)
Proceeds will be donated to Zani’s Furry Friends.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (212) 695-6909.
Find out more at http://www.zanisfurryfriends.org

Phil Geoffrey Bond’s tale of his ten year relationship with Chesterson the cat returns to the stage for a special encore performance. A hybrid between cabaret and traditional theatre, the piece includes music by composers as diverse as Laura Nyro, Charlie Chaplin, John Bucchino and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

My Friend, The Cat is a story of life, love and blessings from the four-legged friends that make the world a furrier place. The short piece will be read aloud by Bond, with musical assistance from an array of celebrated vocalists. Centering around the life of one Chesterson Bond and his wild and furry antics over the course of ten years, My Friend, The Cat is for anyone who’s ever loved a pet.

Saturday, October 10th 8pm – 10pm
Comedy Show at Karma
To Benefit Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) and Social Tees Animal Rescue

Karma – Downstairs Lounge
51 1st Avenue(between 3rd and 4th Streets)

On the kick-off day of NY Week for the Animals, local and national comedians are taking to the stage for the animals. “Diamonds in the Fluff” is a fabulous comedy show created & produced by New York City-based comedian Jamie Lee. Today’s hottest comedians, rising stars and veterans alike, will stand up for the pups and kittens,reptiles and birds. A $10 donation at the door is requested – Doors open at 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm.

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) http://www.barcshelter.org
Social Tees Animal Rescue http://www.animalrescuenyc.org

Saturday, October 10th 12:30pm – 5pm
Only Hope Cat Rescue Adoption Day
Pet Town
1676 1st Ave (btwn 87th & 88th St.),

Please call in advance (201-310-7084) if you are interested in arranging to meet a specific cat. Visit http://www.onlyhopecats.com. Only Hope Cat Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue of lost, abandoned, sick, abused, feral and stray cats and kittens in New York’s five boroughs and New Jersey.

Wednesday October 14th 4pm-8pm thru Sunday October 18th
Earth Angels Canine Rescue
Adoptable Dogs and Donation Drive
Petco Union Square
860 Broadway

Stop by to meet the amazing sweet dogs. Earth Angels welcomes animals that others write off as too sick, too old, too ugly, or too unmanageable, as well as the healthiest, sweetest and the newborns. They spay/neuter, vaccinate, de-worm, and micro-chip all our dogs as well as providing medical attention when needed. They rehabilitate our dogs by using behavioral training and giving them lots of love to restore their faith in human beings.

Earth Angels needs supplies–can you help? They need leashes, collars, dog food, dog crates, dog toys; You can drop off pet supplies at Petco in Union Square at 860 Broadway whenever they are open. Just leave a note that they are for Earth Angels. Call Emelinda at 212-252-3875 or 917-648-7070 or email her at info@earthangelsnyc.org

Saturday, October 16th 10pm ET/PT
Rescue Ink Unleashed on National Geographic Channel (NGC)

A weekly series that documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals. These big guys with even bigger hearts are on call 24/7 and take on cases no one else will. Each one hour episode takes viewers on ride-alongs as members follow up on leads in the New York metro area.

Taking an average of 100 calls a week at their headquarters on Long Island, they jump into their cars and confront alleged animal abusers, rescue fighting dogs, investigate stolen animals and (firmly) encourage owners to give up their pets if it is in the best interest of the animals.

Rescue Ink™ was formed to aid in battling animal abuse and neglect, and to assist existing animal welfare agencies and animal shelters. Please visit http://www.rescueink.org

Saturday October 17th 10am – 5pm & Sunday October 18th 10am – 5pm
Adopt-A-Cat
Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat, go to Adopt-A-Cat, the largest cat adoption event in New York City, hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Maddie’s Fund(R), the Pet Rescue Foundation.

Over the two-day event you’ll have the opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful cats and kittens from many of NYC’s shelters and rescue groups. Admission to the event is FREE. Adopt-A-Cat at the Jacob Javits Center will take place in tandem with “Meet the Breeds,” presented by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA).

If you start the adoption process at at Adopt-A-Cat you will be gifted with a care package of feline goodies and one free ticket to CFA-Iams Cat Championship. For more information, visit http://www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

Saturday October 17th 10am – 5pm & Sunday October 18th 10am – 5pm
Meet the Breeds
New York City’s Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street

Meet the Breeds is a showcase of over 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds and will be the first stand-alone event of its kind in the world. Event is Saturday & Sunday October 17th and 18th.

The booths, created by each breed’s national club, are individually decorated to depict the breed’s country of origin, historical purpose or function, and attributes as a family pet. Responsible breeders and their dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will interact with the public to educate them on various breeds and responsible pet ownership. Activities include Search and Rescue and First Aid for dogs and cats, educational demonstrations, vendors and activities for kids. For more info call (212) 696-8344 or (732) 528-9797 ext 26.

Saturday, October 17th 11am to 4pm
My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair
Rumsey Playfield
875 5th Ave
Central Park

Hosted by the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park PAWS – the voice of Central Park dogs and their owners – the Fair celebrates both Central Park and its enormous dog community.
You’ll be able to:
• Compete in the Best in Park Dog Show
• Practice Agility and Run the Maze
• Try out for prizes onstage with your pup
• Have your dog microchipped
• Watch service dogs at work
• Visit the Children’s Corner for classes and activities
Learn more http://www.centralparkpaws.net
Visit Central Park Conservancy at http://www.centralparknyc.org

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Originally published October 2009
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