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Just as 2 dogs aren’t the same, neither are 2 dog shelters. You may be used to animal shelters being located in a large building with many cat crates and dog runs, but we found a shelter doing things differently. Social Tees in New York City does not have luxury of having a large building space, but they didn’t let this deter them from saving animals. Each year, Social Tee’s rescues and rehabilitates over 3,000 dogs, cats, birds and even exotic animals. Social Tee’s receives animals from not only New York, but also from locations throughout the United States!

To see this NYC rescue group in action, we recently attended a pop-up Social Tees adoption event.

Building a Network of Foster Parents
How does Social Tees Animal Rescue run without a building to house the pets in need? Through the love and support of foster parents throughout the city. Fostering a dog or cat is much like owning a pet, however, the end goal is to help the animal get adopted. Who can foster? Any adult within the New York City area may put in an application to be a foster parent. Social Tees will review your application and once you’re approved, a date and time will be arranged for you to meet dogs or cats that are in need of a foster home.

How to Adopt?

Interested in adopting a Social Tees animal? All of the Social Tees animals looking for their forever homes are listed on their website. Since all the animals are in foster homes, if you see an animal you’re interested in adopting, it’s best to put in adoption application ASAP, as all applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Once you’ve put in an application and it is approved, a Social Tees employee will contact you to set up a meeting for you to meet the animal you’re interested in adopting.

Adoption Events!

Another way to meet the adoptable dogs is by attending a Social Tees adoption event. Each weekend, Social Tees hosts adoption events within the city on both Saturday and Sunday. While these routine adoption events are much like events you have probably attended before, Social Tees goes beyond the typical adoption event with an occasional pop-up.

The pop-up adoption event that we attended was held in the Madewell store. If you’re unfamiliar with Madewell, it’s a women’s clothing boutique. Social Tees held their adoption pop-up on the second floor, along with coffee and snacks from Grounds and Hounds Coffee, who graciously donated a portion of their sales from the event to Social Tees.

At this pop-up, we got to meet 3 adoptable dogs, all looking for their forever home.

The first dog was a 9 week old Aussie mix named Champ. Champ was full of energy and could hardly contain himself. His cuteness certainly paid off, as by time the event had ended, there were already 2 families interested and putting in an application to adopt Champ.

Next, a 3 year-old Chihuahua mix named Blossom.
Blossom was either anxious to leave or anxious to shop, as it was hard to get this lady to stay still. Throughout the pop-up, you could find her running in and out of the clothing racks.

Another pup looking for a home: A 7 year-old blonde Chihuahua rescue from Los Angeles. UPDATE: Euro recently found a new forever home in upstate New York.

Lastly, we almost missed this little guy. For much of the event, Lingo had been sleeping and hiding in a Social Tees employee’s sling. Lingo is a 9 week old terrier that is even sweeter in person!

Also attending this pop-up was a Social Tees alumni, Luke.
This handsome retriever mix had recently been adopted and returned to support his fellow dogs in need.

This was such a fabulous way to meet adoptable dogs. Because who doesn’t love shopping and puppies?! If you are looking to adopt a dog, cat, bird or exotic animal near New York City, please give the animals at Social Tees a look.

For more information regarding how you can foster or donate to Social Tee’s, please check out the Social Tee’s website. For a complete list of adoptable pets through Social Tee’s, please check out their Petfinder list of pets.

Looking for a fun and social way to help fundraise for dog and cat shelters within your community?
Look no further than the Best Friends Organization’s Strut Your Mutt walk. Each year, the Best Friends Organization organizes a fundraiser walk and social event in cities across the United States. This year, we were lucky enough to be able to attend the Strut Your Mutt walk in New York City!

What Makes the Strut Your Mutt Walk Different?

Good question. A nationwide footprint. With walks in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and cities in between, the Strut Your Mutt fundraiser walk helps animal shelters throughout the United States.

Another notable difference:  Strut Your Mutt helps not just one shelter, but many shelters. When you register as an individual walker or register a team, you can decide which shelter receives the funds you raised. We chose to disperse our funds among the 35 approved network shelters. We are happy to report that the fundraising goal of $425,000.00 for the NYC walk was not only met, but an extra $49,460.18 was raised, bringing the total to $474,460.18!

The Walk ….

The NYC Strut Your Mutt walk was held at the beautiful Pier 26 facing the Hudson River. We lucked out with absolutely gorgeous weather. It was a perfect day for the dogs. After checking in at the Registration Table, you could either participate in the walk or head down the pier of vendors. The walk itself was about a mile walk back and forth to the pier.

We opted to skip the walk, due to the large crowd and proceeded to walk the pier of vendors. In total, there were 28 vendors, plenty to keep you busy during the duration of the event. The vendors ranged in everything from a pet communicator to treat vendors to a pet insurance company.

Along the pier of vendors were stations set up to keep your active dog happy. Activities included: an agility course, field games, pools and even yoga with your dog. If you have an older dog or dog who isn’t into all the activities, there was a “Chill Out” tent with a quiet space for your dogs to relax. And, if you didn’t bring a dog or cat, you could head over to the craft tent to make some fun bandanas for any of the onsite adoptable dogs.

The Adoptable Animals!

What animal shelter fundraiser would be complete without seeing adoptable animals? The pier itself was lined with cages and cages of dogs that were looking for their forever homes from the various local shelters. It was heartwarming to see how many people were interested and putting in adoption applications.

Below are a few of the adoptable dogs we saw. If you are interested in potentially adopting any of these dogs, please contact Best Friends Organization or the shelter listed on each dog’s name sheet.

Don’t worry, cat lovers! Best Friends didn’t forget about you. These adorable kittens below were brought all the way from Texas in search of good homes. Yes, these are Hurricane Harvey kittens, which make them even extra adorable! 😉

In addition to the adoptable animals and animals in attendance, there were plenty of celebrity “Instafamous” dog sightings. New York is home to some of the most popular dog accounts, so you know we had to snap photos of as many as we could find!

We hope that you’ve been inspired to join the Strut Your Mutt next year in a city near you. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter accounts to see which fundraising events we will be at next.