Tag Archives: pet adoption NYC

Bark in the Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones | thepupdiary.com

29 Aug

We love dog-friendly baseball games! We get to run in the field, eat hot dogs, hang out with our doggy friends, and did we mention eat hot dogs?! Earlier this year we checked out the Mets at Citi Field. Last night, we headed to Brooklyn for the Bark in the Park with the Cyclones.

On the field with the Brooklyn Cyclones

On the field with the Brooklyn Cyclones

The game is held at MCU Park in Coney Island. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals had adoption vans with cute adoptable animals. We sat in the bleacher section, which was renamed the “BOW-WOW zone” for the night.

Doggy disco walking the field in the dog parade!

After the game we walked on the dog-friendly Coney Island boardwalk. (We tried to walk on the beach, but dogs are not allowed.)

Upcoming Bark in the Park with the Mets will be held on September 9 and 14 at Citi Field.

Our unexpected guest at Rescues Rock the Runway | thepupdiary.com

12 Jun

Yorkie911 Rescue has placed over 400 doggies into loving homes over the past four years! Their annual Rescues Rock the Runway event, held this past weekend at the Hauppauge Sheraton Hotel, was the pawfect place to celebrate and help raise money for even more success stories! And truth be told, the Yorkie folks sure do know how to host a great event! Food, fashion, friends, fun giveaways, and over fifty great raffle baskets! A fun day on Long Island for a great cause.

Yorkie911 Rescue - Rescues Rock the Runway

Yorkie911 Rescue – Rescues Rock the Runway

Adopted dogs took center stage wearing gorgeous fashions by Toni Mari Designs, NemiCouture, Chick-a-Bow-Wow, and Vienna Couture Canine. All outfits were available for sale after the runway show with a portion of the proceeds donated to Yorkie911 Rescue. We loved meeting the designers and seeing their fashions up close and personal. PawVogue came out to check out the show and take fashion photos.

Fashionistas at Rescues Rock the Runway

Fashionistas at Rescues Rock the Runway

We had a surprise visitor- a tick! We found the critter on Ginger’s belly as we were leaving. Mom applied a vial of Frontline Plus to Ginger’s neck and the tick jumped off onto the couch where mom caught it. We called the vet who said the tick could start to spread disease only after 24 hours of attachment. He told us to apply Frontline every 3 weeks if we will visit Connecticut or Long Island, where ticks are becoming resistant sooner than the 4-week recommended dosage. Our doggy friends recommended Earth Animal Internal Powder so we will give it a try! Of course, we had just attended a Lyme disease event and mom did not take her own advice! She screamed and flushed the tick down the toilet . . . We heard it is going to be a very bad tick season in our area so we need to get prepared!

We love Yorkie911 Rescue because they truly love the dogs! They are a group of volunteers with a passion for helping pups. They are always looking for volunteers to foster, visit homes of potential adopters, help at doggy adoption events, and other tasks. Join their team for the upcoming Strut Your Mutt on September 28 in NYC– an annual dog walk and fair on the Hudson River!

With Heidi Walker, President of Yorkie 911 Rescue

With Heidi Walker, President of Yorkie 911 Rescue

Over 1,500 pet adoptions in Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days NYC (Video) | thepupdiary.com

3 Jun

Update on June 7: We just received the official event press release and more than 2,500 adoptions took place in the NYC area during the Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days!! It was the city’s biggest pet adoption event ever!


Last week we listed 10 reasons to adopt a dog at the Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in NYC. We decided to check out Sunday’s large event at Petco Union Square. It was a busy and bustling scene in the hot sun! We even saw a cat getting a bath to cool down! Kudos to Rock & Rawhide, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and the Petco Foundation for helping to make the event a success!

Happy to report that over 1,500 adoptions took place this weekend!

We popped in the Halo pop-up shop | thepupdiary.com

30 May

Never a dull doggy moment in New York City! Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the new Halo, Purely for Pets City Tails-NYC pop-up shop over at the Roger Smith Hotel at 47th and Lex. The shop, open through June 26, will host cool events, feature adoptable pets, and promote the Halo Pet Foundation. (100% of donations to the Halo Pet Foundation are granted to animal welfare and rescue groups.)

Halo City Tails-NYC shop

Halo City Tails-NYC shop

Upcoming special events include an Ada Nieves fashion runway event on June 6, “Jilli” Dog shows on June 5 and 19, and a Dr. Marty Becker discussion and book event on June 21. Animal Haven, Bideawee, and other rescue groups will showcase adoptable animals throughout the month. Ellen DeGeneres, co-owner of Halo, has donated lots of cool merchandise that can be purchased for small donations.

We’ll be back for their Pup Bash days this summer! Check out their calendar for upcoming special events.

It’s National Volunteer Week – Ideas for dog lovers | thepupdiary.com

23 Apr

We love to volunteer! It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new things, and of course, give back to the community. With volunteer week upon us, we thought we would share a few ideas where doggy lovers may want to make an impact. And remember, you don’t have to make a huge time commitment! Whether you have a free hour every day, every week, or every month, there is something for everyone! There is even an “It’s My Park Day” where you can volunteer in your fave doggy park!

Yorkie Rescue Volunteers

Yorkie Rescue Volunteers


Animal Haven Shelter hosts a Caring Kids program on Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:0 pm. The program introduces children and teens to basic animal care and informs them about existing issues in animal welfare.

A Fair Shake For Youth uses certified therapy dogs to teach at-risk youth dog-handling skills. The basic hands-on work is complemented by guest speakers, field trips, and videos, all of which serve to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of dogs, the power of the animal-human bond, and help the youth develop prosocial skills and behaviors.

Unleashed is an after-school program that transforms the lives of middle school girls by involving them in all aspects of puppy rescue.


Although many therapy dogs do visit hospitals and nursing homes (Cubby does and she loves it!) there are so many other facilities and opportunities for you and your trained therapy dog. There are reading programs, children’s programs, support groups, and so much more!

The Good Dog Foundation promotes the use of animal-assisted therapy. Good Dog’s mission is to elevate the stature and promote society’s understanding of the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond.

The ASPCA is the East Coast Affiliate of Pet Partners, a national organization that aims to improve human health through the assistance of service and therapy animals.

Also check out Angel on a Leash.


The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals offers many great volunteer opportunities. Their website includes information and links to the Alliance Participating Organizations. We love Animal Haven Shelter where we adopted Cubby.

Animal Care & Control has simplified their training with new online courses.

Best Friends Animal Society hosts several events in the New York area every year including a huge Super Adoption event. This is a great opportunity to work directly with animals and many rescue groups and shelters. http://network.bestfriends.org/golocal/newyork/default.aspx

If you have a favorite dog breed, see if there is a breed rescue group in your area. We love Yorkie 911 Rescue and Maryland Westie Rescue. The Mayor’s Alliance does list many breed rescue groups.


Volunteer with PAWS NY to help keep people with their pets in times of need. PAWS NY helps individuals care for their pets when physical or financial barriers prevent them from doing so on their own.

Volunteer to help the Humane Society with their Pets for Life hotline. The Pets for Life NYC Program is an animal surrender prevention program dedicated to helping people resolve problems that could otherwise lead them to surrender their pets to the city’s animal shelter system. http://www.humanesociety.org/community/volunteers/volunteer_petsforlife_nyc.html


Volunteering away from the city can seem like a vacation! Check out:

Hike with an Adoptable Dog with Discover Outdoors.

Farm Sanctuary

Glen Highland Farm

Woodstock Farm


Check volunteer databases for opportunities. VolunteerMatch is a great place to start.