More than 100 people flocked to a pet adoption fair in Forest Park last weekend, when organizations from throughout the city gathered dogs and cats for which they hoped to find homes.
Bobbi and the Strays, Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, Four Paws Sake, the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, the New York City Feral Cat Initiative and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals participated in the fair. Held at the park’s bandshell parking lot, the event was sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
ASPCA representatives performed spay and neutering procedures on the spot.
Miller said the fair gave the area rescue groups the opportunity to meet with people who are interested in adopting a pet.
The assemblyman said the fair also featured giveaways for the dogs and cats and tips to keep them happy and safe.
“We also have a microchipping booth where they can get microchipped in case they get lost,” Miller said.
Addabbo called the fair a “great event” that highlighted the need to protect animal rights and how to take care of pets during the hot summer days.
“As legislators, we need to do what we can do legislatively to protect animals and the rights of their owners as well,” Addabbo said.
At least one rescued animal up for adoption at the fair may be on his way to a new home.
Phyllis Taiano of the Middle Village-based rescue group Four Paws Sake said that King, a 1-year-old Great Dane, who the group rescued six months ago, was selected by a family who had filed adoption paperwork with the organization.
However, many of her other charges she brought to the fair are still looking for families to adopt them.
At Ozone Park rescue group Bobbi and the Strays’ booth, volunteer Andrea Lopilato — who brought Toby, a longhaired dachshund; Alfredo, a Maltese mix; and Spirit, a collie-Pomeranian to the fair — said that by noon they had already received several applications from prospective adopters.
Gina Gagliardotto, of Glendale, encouraged residents to adopt a pet. She owns an adopted one-and-a-half-year-old female brown cocker spaniel.
“She’s one of the best things that happened to us; I love her,” Gagliardotto said of Cali.
“Save a life, and make another family happy,” Gagliardotto said in reference to adopting an animal.