Pet adoption event coming soon to Ridge

Saturday, October 27 may be your chance to open your heart and home to a new friend at the upcoming Love Wanted Pet Adoption event in Bay Ridge.

Love Wanted Adoptions, which is has found homes for over 1,700 pets since its founding, is hosting its eighth event at the Trinity Church, 91st Street and Third Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pets will be coming from North Shore Animal League and from local shelters.

These animals are all in need of loving homes, but Mary Jo Tobin, the founder of Love Wanted Adoptions, has unfortunately seen a decline in adoptions in recent years. Whereas they used to find families for upwards of 40 pets at an event, the group’s last event saw only 16 adopted to good homes.

“The economy is bad, and people are giving up pets to move in with family members without pet-friendly homes,” Tobin said. In addition, new sanitation rules made it impossible to put up fliers, and the event suffered a 50 percent drop in participation.

Yet finding good homes for cats and dogs is not the only way Love Wanted Adoptions helps the community. The organization will also be collecting food, for both pets and people, to be donated to Reaching Out Community Services. That group is “really challenged to keep up with demand. People don’t think about the pet food aspect,” Tobin said. “By providing food, we’re preventing shelter surrender.”

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Tobin at 718-986-1362.

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