Adopting a dog? Get free tickets to ANNIE on Broadway!

annieIf you were planning adopting a dog from a shelter, did you know you can get 2 free tickets to ANNIE on Broadway in November if you adopt by October 31st at a participating shelter?

From the press release: “ANNIE has always been a supporter of pet adoption. Animal trainer and Tony® Award Winner Bill Berloni conducted a nationwide search for a real-life shelter dog to play the role of Sandy, and discovered Sunny, who was plucked from a Houston shelter to train for the big role.

Just head down and take a look at the adoptable dogs at the following spots:

If you are adopting from a different shelter by October 31st, you may still be able to get the free tickets, so email info@DogSpin.com if that’s your situation.

Also, for every ticket to Annie sold through December 31, 2013, PEDIGREE® Brand is donating $2, up to $1 million, to the PEDIGREE Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs find loving homes.

Remember Me Thursday candle lightings around NYC on Thursday, September 26th

This Thursday, September 26th is Remember Me Thursday, a global day to remember all of those 3.4 million shelter pets that were killed in the last year after not being able to find a home. Candles will be lit (and virtual candles) around the world in honor of these pets and to raise awareness of all of the animals in shelters that need homes. You can even grab a Facebook or Twitter image to display on your profile for the day (or beyond) – http://www.animalcenter.org/events/remember-me-thursday/light-a-candle.aspx. Use the hashtag #LIGHTFORPETS when tweeting.

If you are considering a dog, think about adopting one from a shelter. You can find a GREAT dog from a shelter. We know it’s not always realistic to adopt a dog, and many rescue dogs require a bit more patience and training, but it is a great feeling to save a dog and gain a new best friend (as corny as it sounds they will become your best friend).

Check out the current dogs available at North Shore Animal League, Bidawee, and Petfinder.

The top 10 smartest dogs and why you should think twice before getting one of them in NYC

border collie in Madison Square Park

A border collie in Madison Square Park

Having an intelligent dog sounds good, but in New York City, a smart dog may actually find itself intellectually stifled. Yes they may learn commands more quickly than other dogs, but if you have them in a small New York City apartment most of the day, they have little use for their intelligence and often get into trouble (destroying things, getting into food, become obsessed with herding or guarding or worrying about every noise in the hallway). Remember these dogs were often bred for very specific jobs (herding, guarding, working, hunting, etc) and they are experts in that domain. This is where their intelligence was often applied.

A lot of the dogs that end up at the Glen Highland Farms Border Collie rescue upstate were from homes where it seemed like a great idea to get a smart dog, but it turned out to be way more than the home could handle. So think twice before getting a smart dog in NYC – it’s certainly doable but it often requires extra attentiveness to the dog’s mental needs (agility classes, lots of outdoor time, games, interaction with other dogs, etc). These are amazing dogs, and adopting one is a great idea only IF you spend the extra time they need to exercise the mind (and body)

Here are the top 10 most intelligent dogs according to the book The Intelligence of Dogs.

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Cattle Dog

Adoptapalooza in Union Square on September 8th

Adoptapalooza is happening again on Sunday, September 8th from noon-5pm on the north end of Union Square. There will be approximately 300 dogs, cats, and rabbits on site and available for adoption, all from shelters (35 shelters and rescue groups will be there). It’s free to attend and hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Petco Foundation.

If you are thinking about getting a dog, definitely stop by. Before you adopt a dog, read 5 things to consider before adopting a dog in New York City to get a sense of the realities of having a dog in the city.

At the event, there will also be free pet ID tags, free dog merchandise from sponsors (Petco Foundation, Merrick, Natural Balance, Nature’s Variety, The Nutro Company, and PAWZ Dog Boots) and you can bring clean blankets/towels/toys etc to donate to shelters via Rock & Rawhide. You can also get your dog licensed at the event if you haven’t already (it’s the law in NYC) or get a microchip for your dog for $25.

Here is a video from last year’s event.

Adopt a greyhound in NYC? Yep, and you should consider one

by Breanna Foister, Contributing Writer

Logan and pillows BF“He’s taller than you!”  “Is he supposed to be that skinny?”  “I bet you have to exercise him all the time.”  “How fast does he run?”  “He’s so beautiful!”  “SKELETOR!”

I hear variations of all of the above whenever I walk my greyhound, Logan.  These inquiries usually lead to a friendly chat where I profess my love for everything greyhound.  After all, Logan’s just as curious and sociable as the passersby.

When I moved to the city, I feared I’d never have the space to own a big dog.  It turns out that greyhounds only need the space right next to you.  I share a studio with Logan and my boyfriend, and as long as Logan has a pillow surface to lie down on, he’s a happy dog.

Sure, he can run up to 40 miles per hour, but his fastest move is always to the couch.  Greyhounds (or couch lizards, as my grandma calls them) love to be comfortable and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.  This makes them the perfect big dogs for tiny apartments.  They are sweet tempered, docile, and enjoy saying hello to other humans and other dogs.

Leprechaun Logan bfLike most greyhounds, Logan spent the first two years of his life on a racetrack.  My boyfriend adopted him from Forever Home Greyhounds (www.foreverhomegreyhounds.com) in upstate NY.  The folks there actively rescue dogs from kill states, Underground Railroad-style.  There are also several other NYC-accessible adoption centers in the tri-state area.

If you’re a purebreed enthusiast, if you seek a city savvy furry friend, if you love long walks and longer naps, consider adopting a greyhound.  They come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken, crate trained, and willing to wear funny hats.  Plus, their identification ear tattoos give them extra street cred at the dog run.  Giving a greyhound a life off the track is a unique and joyful experience.  I highly recommend it.

Huge free adoption event in NYC on June 1st and June 2nd, 2013

 

http://adopt.maddiesfund.org/

Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is happening again June 1st and June 2nd in New York City, and you can adopt a free dog (or cat). How does it work? Well 30 rescue organizations and shelters will be on hand with dogs and cats and for every adoption, the rescue organization or shelter gets paid by Maddie’s Fund (they get $500 for young and healthy animals and $1000 for older (7+) cats/dogs or those that were treated for a medical condition, or $2000 for older cats/dogs that ALSO were treated for a medical condition in their past. So you get to adopt for free, the shelter gets some funding for each adoption so they can continue their good work, and the animal gets a new home!

Here are the locations:

Saturday, June 1st: Petco at 2475 Broadway (92nd/Broadway) from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, June 2nd: Petco at Union Square 860 Broadway (between 17th and 18th Streets) from noon-5pm.

Not sure if you are ready to adopt a dog? Read ‘5 things to consider before adopting a dog in New York City’.

5 things to consider before adopting a dog in New York City

Adopting a dog in New York City has it’s unique challenges – most of us don’t have yards, most of us work long hours, and most of us already have pretty high monthly expenses. Dogs are incredible companions, and adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but it’s really important not to adopt a dog to hastily. Here are some things to consider:

  1. central parkWalks, walks, and more walks – Dogs need to go outside to go to the bathroom, typically at least 3 times a day (sometimes 10+ times/day during puppy house training!), so you need to either take them out or get a dog walker who will. We are talking about over 1000 walks each year, rain, snow or shine! And they need to go out even if you are stuck at work, sick in bed, or hurricane sandy is bearing down. 3 walks, every day. It’s a lot to do. NYC dog walkers run about $15-$25 PER walk, so while that is a solution, it adds up quickly. And remember, in NYC it may take 10 minutes just to get in and out of your building down stairs or elevators – it’s not like a suburb where you just open the door to your yard to let the dog out.
  2. Vet bills – Medical bills for dogs add up quickly. Routine visits and immunizations at NYC veterinarians can easily run $200-$800, and emergency visits or illness can run from $200-$10,000! To make matters worse, most pet insurance will only cover non-routine incidents. I often find vet visits are way more expensive than my own visits to doctors.
  3. Lady veterinary examining the dogFood – Like walks, dogs need to eat every day, usually twice each day. This means that you or someone else must be home to feed them, and also that you have to factor in dog food into your monthly expenses. Canned dog food runs about $2/can, and a giant 30-pound bag of kibble is approximately $50.
  4. Can’t leave them alone too long – Dogs are very social creatures, with humans and other dogs, and need you around. They whither when they don’t have social interactions with you or other people or dogs. Yes they can probably handle being away from you while you are at work, but you can’t leave them by themselves for a weekend, or go on a trip without arranging for their care. Boarding in NYC runs from $50-90 per 24-hour period. Again this adds up.
  5. They require training – No matter what dog you adopt, he/she is probably going to require some training. Bathroom training, behavioral training, sit/come/stay training, bite inhibition training, don’t destroy my shoes/furniture/kid’s toy training – all required. And along the way you may have some accidents on your rug to clean up, favorite (now destroyed) shoes to throw away, or behavioral incidents with guests or other dogs to deal with. Are you ready? Dog training in NYC runs about $100/hour, and typically requires at least 5-10 hours.

If you have the time, money and patience, adopting a dog is an incredible life-changing experience. But PLEASE be ready before adopting a dog. And if you do adopt and find that you just cant take it (it happens), please find another home or a no-kill shelter for him/her.

SPCA of Westchester Briarcliff Manor

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<li>Address: 590 North State Road,  Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510</li>
<li>Website: <a href=”http://www.spca914.org/” target=”_blank”>http://www.spca914.org/</a></li>
<li>Phone: 914-941-2896</li>
<li>Adoptable Dogs: <a href=”http://fpm.petfinder.com/petlist/petlist.cgi?shelter=NY282&status=A&age=&limit=100&offset=0&animal=Dog&title=Adoptable%20%20Dogs&style=12&ref=DOn0zfd84j1QG_Z”>http://fpm.petfinder.com/petlist/petlist.cgi?shelter=NY282</a></li>
<li>Yelp Review: <a href=”http://www.yelp.com/biz/spca-of-westchester-briarcliff-manor” target=”_blank”>http://www.yelp.com/biz/spca-of-westchester-briarcliff-manor</a></li>
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