Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Events For You and Your Dog - NYC and LI area

via the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals (a very good website!):

Bobbi & the Strays: Annual Halloween Gala
Thursday, October 29, 2009
7:00 p.m.–Midnight
Russo's on the Bay, 162-45 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach, Queens

This annual not-to-be-missed event benefits Bobbi & the Strays' homeless and abused animals. It's an exciting evening of fabulous food, music, dancing, silent auction, raffles, and much more. It's Halloween fun at its very best. Come in costume to be eligible for great prizes. Tickets are $100.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bobbi Giordano at (718) 845-0779 or, or visit the Bobbi & the Strays web site.

Farm Sanctuary: Frankapalooza: Rockin’ Out for Farm Animals II
Thursday, October 29, 2009

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Kenny's Castaways
157 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets), Manhattan

A Halloween-themed concert to raise awareness for farm animals and benefit Farm Sanctuary. With musical acts HERE, Athena Reich, and Debra from Devi. Special guest Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder, Gene Baur. Admission is $10; 21+ please.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Farm Sanctuary at, or visit the Farm Sanctuary web site.

ASPCA: Annual Humane Awards Luncheon
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Noon–2:00 p.m.
Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, Manhattan

Ten remarkable animals and people, including a piano-playing cat and the task force that participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, will be honored for their heroic deeds at this year's Humane Awards Luncheon. The ceremony recognizes animal heroes that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts, as well as individuals who made a significant impact in the lives of animals during the past year.
For more information, visit the ASPCA web site.

SPCA of Westchester: "Top Hat & Cocktails" Benefit Event
Friday, October 30, 2009
7:00–9:30 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton, 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains, NY

Hundreds of guests and their canine companions (dressed in Halloween costumes, if you choose!) will step out in style to support the SPCA's many life-saving programs. This year we are pleased to honor Susan Maounis and Lisa Wysocki, two dedicated individuals who have made it possible for the SPCA to rescue hundreds of adoptable animals from high-kill shelters over the past two years. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a fabulous silent auction. Canine companions will be pampered with gourmet dog treats. After having professional photographs captured by Liza Margulies of, your pet can high-tail it over to the Canine Ice Cream Bar! Tickets are $150.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Lisa at (914) 941-2896 x22 or, or vist the SPCA of Westchester web site.

Animal Haven: Small Dog Halloween Party
Friday, October 30, 2009
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Animal Haven
251 Centre Street (at Broome Street), Manhattan

Costume contest for people and their dogs (less than 20 lbs.). Tickets are $20 and include food, drink, and admission for you and your small dog.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Animal Haven web site.

Bella Starlet Dog: HulaPawLooza Howl-o-ween Float 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
5:30–10:30 p.m.
Greenwich Village, Spring Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan

For the fourth year in a row, Beth Joy Knutsen and her beloved Bella Starlet Dog will bring back their always-fun-themed float to NYC's Village Halloween Parade with aloha spirit! There will be celebrity guests riding on the float — with and without paws! Many animal rescue groups are walking with them to promote animal adoption. All well-behaved pets and their people are welcome to walk alongside their float; pet strollers are recommended for the little ones on this long trek. Sponsors are the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and DVM Hospitals.

For more information, contact, or visit the HulaPawLooza web site.

New Rochelle Humane Society: Howl-O-Ween Open House
Saturday, October 31, 2009
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
New Rochelle Humane Society
70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY

At this Halloween-themed open house, meet our dogs and cats, tour the shelter, enjoy complimentary baked goods, shop for shelter merchandise, and have your pet microchipped!
For more information contact Beverly at (914) 632-2925 or, or visit the New Rochelle Humane Society web site.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center
 "Wags To Witches" Halloween Extravaganza
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Noon–5:00 p.m.
Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center
33 Warner Road, Huntington, NY

This frightenly great event will include fun for the whole family! Enter yourself, your kids, or your pets in our Halloween costume contests, have a treat of a time purchasing cakes and cookies from our bake sale, and watch our boooo-tiful dogs as they model their costumes on the Black Cat-walk during Little Shelter's Pets on Parade. Every child will receive a special treat bag. While you're enjoying the festivities be sure to take a tour of the shelter and meet some of our wonderful dogs and cats.

For more information, contact Jodi at (631) 368-8770 x205 or, or visit the Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center web site.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
2nd Annual Howlloween Block Bark Party & Fundraiser
Saturday, October 31, 2009
(rain date Sunday, November 1)
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Noon–6:00 p.m.
153 East 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY

Join Sean Casey Animal Rescue for this special event to raise awareness and funds for abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted animals in NYC.

For more information, contact Charles Henderson at (718) 436-5163 or, or visit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue web site.

Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness (ARF-ARF) /
The City of New York Parks and Recreation: Canine Costume Carnival
Saturday, October 31, 2009
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Rockaway Freeway-Beach Channel Drive
(between Beach 80th and Beach 82nd Streets)

Your furry friends can party, rain or shine, and participate in the big canine costume contest. Prizes for most creative costumes in large and small dog categories. Treat bags for the first 50 people. Music and games. Pet photography. Incredible raffle baskets and prizes. Adorable animals for adoption from North Shore Animal League. Free/low-cost spay/neuter by the ASPCA (First come, first served, limited number allowed; please show up before 7:00 a.m. to have your pet spayed/neutered). Low-cost microchipping for dogs and cats ($25, includes insertion and registration) by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

For more information, visit the ARF-ARF web site.

Fort Greene PUPS: 11th Annual Fort Greene Great "Pup"kin Dog Costume Contest
Saturday, October 31, 2009 (rain date, Sunday, November 1)
11:30 a.m. - Registration
Noon - Judging Begins
Fort Greene Park
Cumberland Street (between DeKalb and Mrytle Avenues), Brooklyn

Held in conjunction with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy's Halloween Festival, this event offers lots of great prizes and treats. Custom rosettes for the top three winners and three runners-up! Treats for all kids; plenty of embarrassment for all dogs. If you can't costume your dog, come see the show! Suggested donation is $5 per entrant.

For more information, contact Kath Hansen at, or vist the Fort Greene PUPS web site.

Rosebank Animal Hospital: Annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest
Saturday, October 31, 2009
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Rosebank Animal Hospital
1230 Bay Street (at Maryland Lane), Staten Island

Dress your pet in his or her Halloween best! Prizes, food, drinks, and trick or treat bags for everyone. Benefits Animal Care & Control of NYC.

For more information, contact Rosewood Animal Hospital at (718) 273-9800, or visit the Rosewood Animal Hospital web site.

Pet Pantry Warehouse / Adopt-A-Dog: 2nd Annual Howl & Prowl
Saturday, October 31, 2009
1:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Island Beach Commuter Parking Lot
Steamboat Road and Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

In this Halloween costume parade for pets and people, participants will parade up Greenwich Avenue, receiving trick-or-treats from merchants along the way. The Costume Contest, with prizes from Pet Pantry Warehouse, will take place at the Delamar Hotel, 500 Steamboat Road. Registration is $20. All proceeds benefit Adopt-A-Dog.

For more information or to register, visit the Adopt-A-Dog web site.