Saturday, September 7, 2013
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Come meet the Park’s vibrant dog-loving community and join the discussion about how you (and your dog) can play a vital role in maintaining the Park as a friendly place for all to use. Refreshments and doggie biscuits have been generously provided by Le Pain Quotidien.
The celebration in New York City begins on Tuesday, October 4, when Petco invites adopted pets and their pet parents to attend the National Adoption Reunion event in Central Park and help set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Gathering of Adopted Shelter Animals” in one location. The record to beat is 250 adopted pets.
The event, co-hosted by Sony and featuring a free concert by Sony recording artist Gavin DeGraw, will take place between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the Naumburg Bandshell, near the East 72nd Street entrance to Central Park.
To participate in the Guinness World Record bid*, adopters must bring proof of pet adoption, such as their adoption agreement. Dogs must be on a secure leash at all times. If you bring a cat, rabbit, or other pet to the event, be sure your pet remains inside a secure carrier for the entire event. All pets should wear proper identification. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. at the bandshell, and the record-setting begins at 5:00 p.m.
Several Alliance Participating Organizations will be on-hand with dogs for adoption, so if you’re thinking about adding another furry member to your family, now might be the time! Sony will offer a special “Photo Experience” area where pets and pet parents can have their picture taken and learn how to take the perfect pet photo.
Petco’s National Adoption Reunion celebration continues on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. Adopters are invited to come to a Petco location to celebrate with other happy pet families, to meet adoptable pets, or to simply stop in with their adopted pet to receive a free commemorative collar charm, while supplies last.
Adopters also can share their adoption stories online and win great prizes by entering the Petco National Adoption Reunion Sweepstakes. Visit petco.com/reunion for details and official rules.
*Guinness World Record Participation Guidelines
National Adoption Reunion
It will be a dog day in Central Park this Saturday, October 16th, as the 8th annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair returns from 11 am to 4 pm. Hosted by Central Park PAWS, a program of the Central Park Conservancy, the Fair celebrates the Park’s vibrant dog community and promotes good stewardship of New York City’s great green space.
The free event will be held at the Naumburg Bandshell (mid-Park at 72nd Street), and features a host of activities for dog owners and their four-legged friends. Highlights includes the popular Best in Park Dog competition, an agility ring, microchipping, pet tricks casting from The Late Show with David Letterman and a chance to record your Central Park dog story at the Dog Tales booth.
A representative group of dog owners who use Central Park, PAWS was formed more than 10 years ago to foster a dialogue between the dog community and the Central Park Conservancy.
Since then, PAWS has spearheaded the installation of dog water fountains in the Park, created an access guide for dog owners who use the Park, worked to legalize off-leash privileges and hosted many events to give dog owners the opportunity to support the Conservancy’s mission to restore and maintain Central Park. Today, PAWS has grown to become an official program of the Conservancy.
Central Park, at the very heart (if not the very heart) of New York City, is one of the most inspiring combinations of architecture, landscape design and urban planning to be found anywhere on the face of the earth. It ranks as a symbol of New York City only behind the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Unlike these two, however, Central Park is dynamic, vibrant; a perpetually changing counterpoint to the brilliant, but static, architectural achievements that surround it.
Central Park breathes. It provides a respite from the struggles that have produced the amazing city that surrounds it. It is a place to reflect, to sigh deeply and feel good about it, to let the tension ebb and allow the strictures and pressures of metropolitan enterprise loosen and unwind.
The park also satisfies that need that resides in so many city dwellers, in an environment that requires dusting plants as often as watering them, that causes us to lavish our attentions upon wallet-sized window boxes and fret over ficus plants that have seen more near death drama than a revival of “Camille”. A need to be near something living, something growing; a need to be near something green that isn’t attached to our cheese.
Central Park is all of these things, and much more.
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