From Fashion Avenue to Broadway, mark your calendars for these pet loving events in 2019.


The NY Pet Fashion Show


When: This is event ended in February 2019, but use the links below to find out the next show in 2020

Where: Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th avenue, NYC, NY 10001

This year’s NY Pet Fashion Show was called, The Masquerade Ball: World Fashion to Save our Animals and Honor our Planet.  It benefited the Mayor’s Alliance for Animals and took place February, 7th, 2019 from 6-11pm at the Hotel Pennsylvania.  Hosted by Maria Malito of Q104.3 and celebrity pet expert, Harrison Forbes, the event cat walked a very creative line up of entertainment:

  • Opening Show Introduction, Awards Ceremony Part 1- (7:00-7:15)
  • Hollywood Dreams: from Hollywood to Bollywood (7:15-7:45)
  • Royal Pup-tial Wedding: Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails (7:45-8:00)
  • Angels & Demons Couture (8:00-8:30)
  • International Masquerade Couture (8:30-9:00)
  • Best in Show Costume Contest – (9:00) Winner Announced at 9:45

All pets attended free and were encouraged by the organizers to ‘dress to impress’.  Ticket information was as follows:

  • Best in Show Costume Contest- includes entry to show- Ticket $95,
  • Pre-Show Single Ticket $50,
  • At Door Single Ticket $60,
  • Reserved table of (4) $300 -Adjacent to Runway!
  • Single Seat Reserved on (10) Top $75 Per Person,
  • Reserved table 10 top $750

For more information on the 2020 event, you can visit the NY Pet Fashion Show website or reserve your tickets here.


By the way, The Pennsylvania Hotel is one of NYC’s friendliest dog and cat hotels.  Visit their site for more information on how they roll out the red carp…the fake lawn for traveling dogs and cats.



Algonquin Annual Cat Fashion Show and Celebration


When:  The 2019 Algonquin Cat Fashion Show has ended, but use the links below to stay tuned for the 2020 event.


Where: Algonquin hotel, 59 W 44th street, NYC, NY, 10036


Since the 1930’s, eleven rescued cats have called the famous digs at 44th street their home.  It was John Barrymore that fancied the first resident cat, then named Rusty, and decided that the scrappy, streetwise cat, be given the more dignified name of Hamlet, a role for which Barrymore was famous.  Since then, every new male cat is given the same name, but if it’s a girl, as was the last cat to live in the hotel, she is called Matilda.


Every year, to celebrate cats and the long, rich history of the hotel, the Algonquin holds a themed, cat fashion show.   The 2018 year’s fete celebrated the ‘purring 20’s’ and included:


  • Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
  • Cat fashion show
  • Silent auction featuring a variety of items, including cat travel accessories, and a one-year supply of Merrick cat food
  • Goody bags for all guests
  • On-site mobile adoption unit with cats and kittens available for adoption from Linda’s Cat Assistance


Last year, tickets were $75 dollars, 100% of which went to the Mayor’s Alliance for Animals.


Excellent behind the scenes look at the atelier of pet costume designer, Ada Nieves. 


Bark In The Park


When: The 2019 Bark in the Park was held on August 24th, 2019, but keep the links below handy to find the dates of the 2020 event.


Where: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224


Let’s play ball took on a richer meaning when hundreds of adoptable dogs showed up at MCU’s Coney Island Stadium prior to a baseball game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and an opposing team.  Attendees were treated to a view of all the beautiful dogs available for adoption, a chance to participate in a dog parade around the stadium with their own pets, emergency preparedness training by Ready New York, and lots of free swag.  Like the Algonquin Fashion Show, the 2019 Bark In the Park date has ended, but you can keep an eye out for the date by favoriting this url.




When: Adoptapalooza is finished for 2019, but use the links below to stay updated on 2020 events.

Where: Union Square Park, North Plaza, Broadway and East 17th Street, New York, NY

Though the date for this event has yet to be determined, 2020 will mark another amazing Adoptapalooza in NY’s history.  This Union Square event is HUGE.  According to the mayor’s alliance website, Adoptapalooza includes more than 500 adoptable pets and:


  • Lessons to teach your dog (or cat!) tricks
  • Face painting and temporary tattoos for kids
  • Caricature portraits of people and pets
  • Free photos
  • Swag!
  • Free pet food and other samples from pet-related vendors
  • Free veterinary advice from the doctors at Animal Medical Center
  • Take home dog poop bags
  • A chance to meet wildlife experts
  • An insider’s look at how cat rescue organizations manage feral colonies




Broadway Barks


When: The 2019 was cancelled due to construction in the vicinity of Shubert Alley.  According to an article in Playbill, the event will return in 2020.

Where: Shubert Alley, NYC, NY, 10036


Started in 1999 by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks is a celebration/fund raiser that benefits NYC shelters and rescue groups.  The event takes place every July and donations are generated through raffles, the sale of signed memorabilia, and donations from supporters.  Typically held outside on Shubert Alley, attendees enjoy a casual parade of dressed up animals, are introduced to dozens of pets available for adoption, and of course are treated to song and dance by some of Broadway’s most talented actors and actresses.


Want to see all of 2019’s NYC Pet Events?


The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals keeps a calendar of events.  You can view it here, though as of this writing, the calendar is not yet fully updated.

And while we’re on the topic, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is pretty amazing. Use the provided link to find out more.

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