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Nationwide Events

Helping People Budget for their Pets and more
Read a comprehensive article which will help you budget for your pet and save money: saving on pet expenses and pet care; how dog expenses vary by breed; deciding whether to get insurance, emergency plan for your pet; protecting your pet if something happens to you; national organizations which provide financial assistance to pet owners in need.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless
Socially responsible veterinarian hospitals and clinics around the country are collecting pet food from their clients and are partnering with local food banks who then distributes the pet food to the homeless and disadvantaged. Participating clinics/hospitals are listed on the Feeding Pets of the Homeless website at along with the partnering food bank.

Statewide Events

Saturday, October 14 - 22, 2017, 8 am -8 pm daily
New York Week for the Animals
Throughout the week, shelters, rescue groups and humane orgaizations across New York will be hosting wonderful animal-related special events. Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens across New York will be joining in with activities to celebrate and help animals.
Events will include adoption fairs, spay/neuter low cost events, shelter appreciation days, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, quilts for shelter animal kennels, ways to help the farm animals, dog parade and art for the animals. Also to be included are a salute to our K-9 military and police dogs, feral cat initiatives book signings, animal law event, special educational program at the sanctuaries, pet food donation drives, therapy dogs visiting hospitals and assisted living homes, runs for the animals, free vaccination clinics, blessings for the animals and fun-filled festival days for families to enljoy food, music and amazing animals.
Visit for a list of events which includes a description of each event.

Citywide Events

Low-cost or Free Spay and Neuter
The ASPCA's Free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood-right to your door! (And if you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix or certain large-breed dogs it's FREE!) Low income pet owners in NYC's 5 boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for FREE spay/neuter services for their cat or dog.
For exact times the van will be in your area as well as pre-visit instructions (Spanish and English) visit or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

Low-cost or Free Spay and Neuter
The ASPCA's Free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood-right to your door! (And if you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix or certain large-breed dogs it's FREE!) Low income pet owners in NYC's 5 boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for FREE spay/neuter services for their cat or dog.
For exact times the van will be in your area as well as pre-visit instructions (Spanish and English) visit or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

Animal Relief Fund (ARF)
What started out as a simple act of kindness by the already-kind Yorkville Food Pantry in November 2008 with help from attorney Susan Kaufman has now evolved into its own organization. ARF's mission is keeping pets with their families and reduce the number of abandoned dogs and cats by distributing pet food to local food pantries which serve New York families in need. ARF has now partnered with several pet stores throughout the New York area where food donations are accepted on an ongoing basis.
For donation locations please visit If you or a friend need help please don't be shy, visit

Brooklyn Events

Sunday, October 22, 2017, noon - 5:00 pm
Sean Casey Animal 10th Annual Halloween Bark Park Party!
Location: Sean Casey Animal Rescue, 153 E 3 Street (Between Ft Hamilton Pkwy and Caton Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Event Description: Get ready for the Block Party/Adoption Event of the Year! Games and activities, raffles, costume contests for kids and pups! Plus, a kissing booth with our super lovable SCAR grad pups Xander and Reeses Pieces.
And come hungry - BBQ (including vegetarian food!), confections, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and haunted lemonade. Come enjoy live entertainment from Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, Stop Shopping Choir, Elvis impersonator Robert McArthur and more! ALSO: The Tiny Scientist, Sunset Park Playhouse, The Lady Aye, Sue Pike The Animal Talker, hula hooping with Olivia Smith and storytelling by author Heather Swain.
Visit animal welfare information booths from our friends at Pet Haven Animal Hospital, Brooklyn Bark, Dapper Dawg and Pumpkinpups Dog Training. And if you are looking for a new best friend or member of the family, our adoption specialists will be there to help.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7 - 9 am
Fido Coffee Bark in Prospect Park
Look for coffee, pastries, dog biscuits as well as relevant information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues. And it's all FREE!
In the Long Meadow beside the Picnic House
Enter Prospect Park at 9th Street, walk straight in until you come to the ball fields (on right), make a left along the meadow.
Enter Prospect Park at the Villa (PPW and 4th St), go through parking lot and out the back across Inner Drive.
For more information about FIDO visit

Ongoing - Every Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pm
Best Friend's Dog Adoptions
Location: 238 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Big Laughs for BARC! (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition Shelter) in Williamsburg.
Stand-up comedian, Jamie Lee, has organized monthly comedy shows to benefit BARC.
Visit Jamie's web page for more information and details about future shows:

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Bronx Events

Friday, October 20, 2017, starts at 7 am
The Toby Project* - Free or Low Cost Spay and Neuter and Rabies Vaccinations
Location: 25 Westchester Square, Bronx, NY 10467
Event Description: 100% FREE for all NYC residents on public assistance. 100% FREE FOR PITBULLS & NON-PUREBRED DOGS & CATS (you don't have to be on public assistance). Other purebreds: Spay & Neuter $75 . Rabies Vaccinations $8.
Call 212 -799- 1120 or or visit if you have any questions.

*The Toby Project is a non-profit organization working to end the killing of thousands of adoptable dogs and cats each year in New York City's animal shelters. We are the only organization in NYC whose sole mission is to address pet overpopulation at its inception by preventing the births of unwanted dogs and cats. Our goal is to spay/neuter the very animals who would otherwise directly perpetuate a vicious cycle of unwanted birth and unnecessary death, and make NYC a true "no-kill' community.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Van Cortland Bird Walks
Location: Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, Broadway and Vancortlandt Park S, Bronx, NY 10462
Event Description: Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt's ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more info, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free. Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
NYRR Open Run: St. Mary's Park-Dogs Welcome
Location: St. Mary's Park Eagle Avenue and 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10454
Event Description: Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home - bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pawlloween 2017
Location: Franz Sigel Park, 670 Walton Ave. Bronx, NY 10451
Event Description: Please join us for the biggest Bronx dog Halloween competition in which dogs and their owners compete for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place. Or contact 347-398-6289 or for more information. Visit for more information.

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Long Island Events

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6 am - 11 pm
Little Shelter Animal Rescue's 10th Annual Masquerade Ball
Location: The Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Wesbury, NY 11590
Event Description: Come for dinner, cocktails, open bar, live and silent auctions and raffles. All proceeds benefit Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.
Call 631.368.8770 ext 26 to purchase your tickets. $100 per ticket.

Third Wednesday of Every Month, starting 6:30 pm
Long Island Parrot Society Monthly Meeting.
Location: At the American Legion Post, 22 Grove Place, Babylon, NY
Talks, seminars, education, and more. Please leave your bird at home. $5.00 donation requested for non-LIPS members. Visit for directions and more information.

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Manhattan Events

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7 pm - 10 pm
Cocktails and Canines by Bideawee's YPC
Location: 287 Gallery - 287 10th Avenue (at W. 27th St.) New York NY 10001
Event Description: A Fall benefit hosted by Bideawee Young Professionals Committee includes an open bar, music by DJ Luther Riggs, and catering by Chef Chris Nirschel
$80/person and $15/pet. Well behaved dogs are welcome! All proceeds will directly benefit the animals of Bideawee.
Click to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
15th Annual 'My Dog Loves Central Park' Fair!
Location:Naumburg Bandshell, in the heart of Central Park at 72nd Street Transverse
Event Description: Hosted by Central Park Paws, a program of the Central Park Conservancy, the Fair celebrates the dog community in Central Park and promotes responsible care and stewardship of the Park for the enjoyment of all visitors - canine and human alike!

Saturday, October 21, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm
The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Location:Tompkins Square Park, E. 10th St. New York, NY 10009
Event Description: Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. CNN calls it "the largest dog costume parade in the world" with hundreds of dogs in costumes and thousands of spectators. The London Guardian says "It's Barkin' Mad."This year's parade contestants will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. Runway competition begins at Noon.
Official website for this parade is

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 3 pm -5 pm
November 4 Trunk Show
Location: D Pet Hotels Chelsea, 104 W. 27 Street. (between 6th and 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10001
Event Description: The November 4th Trunk Show is FREE and open to the public and little dogs. Guests will experience the luxurious D Pet Hotels, enjoy delicious wine and snacks, mix and mingle with other pet lovers, all while learning more about the innovative PET DINETTE & Leash from the inventor herself, Michelle Glasser. Best of all, this is the perfect opportunity to get your paws on some awesome pet gifts for the holiday season!
When going on a walk with Fido, there are many essentials you will both need to bring along on the journey. Leashes, poop bags, treats, keys, cellphone, and water, are a few important items to have. Carrying these items around on your excursion can be a challenge. The PETDINETTE and Leash will forever change the way people walk their pets.

Ongoing Manhattan Adoption Events

Pet adoptions at Petco, Union Square, 17th Street and Broadway.
From Earth Angels - dogs for adoption are outside, cats are inside.
For more information on dogs, please call (212) 252-3875 and for cats, phone (646) 338-2946.

Every Sunday, 1 pm to 3 pm
New York Siamese - Adopt beautiful Siamese cats at Petco, Lexington Ave. just 1/2 blk. north of E. 86 St. Visit for more information.

Every Saturday, 2 pm - 5 pm
Rabbit Adoptions - at Petco Union Square (17th Street and Broadway)

Every Saturday, 1 pm - 4 pm
Rabbit Adoptions at Petco, Lexington Avenue just 1/2 blk. north of E. 86 St.

New Jersey Events

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Queens Events

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 4 pm - 8 pm
Learn Pet CPR and First Aid to Handle any Emergency with your Cat or Dog
Location: Alley Pond Environment Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston Queens, NY 11362, tel. 718-229-4000
Event Description: This class is for pet owners or pet professionals and will teach you how to handle any emergency with your pet or the pet you are responsible for--from bleeding to choking to poisoning, insect bites, seizures, CPR and ore
Part of the proceeds from this class will be donated to the Alley Pond Environmental Center.
Fee: $90 APEC Members/$96 non-members. All graduating students receive a 2 yr. certificate, emergency muzzle, full manual, and more! For pet pros, you can also be emailed an official logo that you may use on your website and any promotional materials, showing off that you are trained in Pet CPR &First Aid! Registration: Contact Alley Pond Environmental Center at 718-229-4000 to register.

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Staten Island Events

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 9 am - 10 pm
2nd Annual Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue: Go Get It Life 5K Race
Location:Silver Lake Park lon Silver Lake Road in Staten Island 10301
Event Description: Go Get It LIFE invites you to our 2nd Annual 5K Race on Saturday, October 21st at Silver Lake Park in Staten Island, NY. The Go Get It LIFE 5K Run will take you through the sprawling green acreage and around the picturesque waterway of Silver Lake Park. This family-friendly run/ walk will benefit the Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue and the Silver Lake Park Conservancy.
The Go Get It LIFE race is uniquely designed for both experienced runners and newcomers to the racing community. As a Go Get It LIFE 5K participant you will enjoy an energetic and positive racing environment. Runners and walkers are welcome to this family-friendly event.
Race Day Schedule: 9:00am Packet Pickup/ Registration Opens; 9:30am Race Begins; Awards Ceremony; Animal Adoption Event Hosted by Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue
Registration: Click HERE to register

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Westchester/ Connecticut & Beyond Events

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 7pm - 10pm
Top Hat and Cocktails Gala
Location: Ritz-Carlton, 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains, NY 10601
Event Description:An evening of music, food, drink, an exciting auction and dog and people related activities to raise money for the Westchester SPCA, a no-kill shelter that cares for and adopts out nearly 2,000 animals a year.
Tickets: Tickets are $250. Click HERE to purchase tickets. You can also support this event by becoming a sponsor, advertising your business, or making a donation to the auction. Sponsorship, advertising and donation forms are accessible from the ticket purchase page.

Every Sunday, 10:30 AM
The Bronxville Pug Walk
Location: Midland Avenue, Bronxville, NY
Pugs and their people meet up for a walk in Bronxville every Sunday.
For additional information visit

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at New Rochelle Humane Society
Location: 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801
The New Rochelle Humane Society is collecting items to celebrate Earth Day EVERY DAY! Please bring in your recycleables (printer ink cartridges and cell phones) to benefit the homeless animals at NRHS. Please share this news with your friends and family, your schools and your jobs. Let's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for a good cause!
This is an ON-GOING campaign at New Rochelle Humane Society!
Contact 914-632-2925 for more information.

"Buy-A-Brick" Dog Park
Location: 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Help create a beautiful doggie park at the shelter, a place where a shelter dog can relax outside with volunteers or staff! The park will be paved with bricks bearing your name or inscription of your choice. What a wonderful tribute for your wonderful pet, an animal lover or a beloved deceased pet. Please improve a shelter dog's life with this lasting gift.
This is an ON-GOING campaign at New Rochelle Humane Society!
Contact 914-632-2925 for more information.

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For even more events, be sure to visit the Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animal's site at

If you have an event you'd like to us to consider listing on the calendar, please submit it at least one month in advance. Send it to us using our submission form.

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