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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days – 5/31 and 6/1 #mpadnyc

Written by Rachel Phelps

This upcoming weekend is Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days presented by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. We are so excited for the many great animals that are going to find their forever homes this weekend! Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days are the biggest and FREE (don’t worry, only for qualified homes) adoption event in America.   This great event is taking place in NINE states and over TWO HUNDRED organizations are participating.

I asked my pals at Maddie’s Fund (Maddie’s Fund is a foundation established in 1999 to help fund the creation of a no-kill nation), “How many animals do you want to adopt out this weekend?” Their answer was … 10,000! WOW, wouldn’t that be totally amazing if 10,000 pets found great families? They also said that all pets up for adoption have been spayed or neutered and are up to date on their vaccines. That means those 10,000 pets won’t have babies that need homes in the future.

If you live in the big apple (New York City), there will be adoption events on May 31st at the Petco in Union Square, and on June 1st at the Union Square Park.

Even though I wasn’t adopted (I came from a breeder), adoption is near and dear to my heart as all my dog siblings were adopted. As a result of the hard work and dedication of the two different rescue groups who saved them, they helped my rents and I adopt my dog brother and sister.


Daisy was rescued by Westie Rescue Indiana


Elvis was rescued by Westie Resuce Southeast



Why You Should Adopt!

If you are looking for a great family pet, please consider adopting. Here are a few great reasons why:

  • Shelters and rescue groups know their animals’ personalities. Many are great at being a matchmaker (and received training) to pair pets with prospective owners. They will help you every step of the way to find the perfect pet for you.
  • Adopting from a rescue group means less demand for pups from the puppy mills. My brother Elvis was born and raised in a puppy mill and spent his first four years of his life being a breeder dog. We are sure he was a puppy daddy to many, many, westies that were sold in pet stores all throughout the St Louis area. So by adopting, you help to reduce demand for puppy mill dogs in pet stores. If more people start to adopt, and not shop, hopefully one day it will put evil puppy mills out of business and other dogs like Elvis won’t have to live their life in a cage!
  • Want a pure breed dog? Rescues have them, many of them!
  • Rescue pets have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. That is one less thing to worry after you adopt, not to mention one less vet bill to pay.

Ready to Adopt?

This weekend pets are free to qualified homes (don’t worry, adoption standards are the same as any other day of the year). If you live in the NYC area, please visit for more information. If you aren’t a big apple resident, visit

Do you have room in your home for one more? If so, consider getting out this weekend to a Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days event to find your perfect pet! Oh, and make sure to let us know by sending us a photo of you and your new pet!


This post is sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership and the upcoming adoption event. All opinions are my own.


About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website

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