~ 17 Animals Adopted ~
Adopt NY holds First Adoption Event in Tompkins Square Park
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1. Adopt NY’s four cofounders: Jeff Latzer and Emily Tanen of Project Pet, and Bea Maher and Rob Maher of Dog Habitat Rescue. ( ( 2. Stella & Chewy’s Founder/President Marie Moody with her son Charlie and a kitten they adopted during the event named Rocky, Stella & Chewy’s CEO Jen Guzman and Public Relations Manager Laura Simms. ( 3. Select-A-Rescue’s Founders Rick and Marie Bernhardt with Abby, and Carol Rothschild holding Marley. ( 4. Posh Pets Rescue’s Monica Tripodi, Nicola Arcari, Melissa Nelson holding Dougie (a two-year-old Havanese up for adoption), Mike Stankowitz, Danielle Stankowitz, Viktoria Somorjai and Founder Linda Vetrano. ( 5. Anjellicle Cats Rescue’s Shifra Diamond, Rurika N, Kathryn Willis (Director) & Angelica Lema (Adoption Coordinator), along with Kitties: Lunetta, Allister and Jorden in the basket. (
By Michael Mullins
Published July 26, 2012
New York City’s recently formed animal rescue coalition, Adopt NY, held its first adoption event earlier this month at Tompkins Square Park. Seventeen animals were adopted as a result of the event, 12 dog and five cats, according to Adopt NY cofounder Jeff Latzer, who added that each adopter was screened and met with by the rescue groups prior to taking possession of the animal.

The event featured adoptable animals from 12 local rescue organizations including Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Bobbi and the Strays and Zani’s Furry Friends, and was hosted by the buxom blonde performance artist known as - The World Famous Bob. Guest speakers included Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, an out-spoken animal advocate, and Marie Moody, founder of Stella & Chewy’s pet food which sponsored the event and often supports animal welfare initiatives throughout the city.

Despite the heat, well-over a thousand people attended the event throughout the day while animal in attendance found shade beneath the canopies of each group and enjoyed a cool relief courtesy of the kiddie pools spread throughout the event. Water bowls were also abundant.

Launched in June, Adopt NY was created to help save the lives of shelter animal across New York City. Founded by Rob and Bea Maher of Dog Habitat and Emily Tanen and Jeff Latzer of Project Pet, two NYC-based animal rescue organizations that routinely save local animals from the city shelter’s euthanasia lists, Adopt NY’s initial plan involves “wide-reaching viral marketing campaigns and large-scale adoption events [that give] hardworking rescue groups proper venues to show off their animals,” says Latzer. “As we grow we will pursue related projects like Public Service Announcements to further connect with state residents and encourage local adoption.” Though based out of NYC, Adopt NY is a state-wide initiative which as of today consists of 36 animal rescue organizations.

Adopt NY’s next scheduled adoption event will be held in September in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, the exact date has yet to be determined. To learn more about the coalition and how you can help it reach its goal of making NYC a no-kill city, visit
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