New York State Animal Week Events


This is the first annual Animal Week of New York State. It is presented by Animal World USA, and shelters, rescue groups and humane organizations are hosting things around NYC, as well as all around the state. Though it started on the 10th, there are many fun pet and family activities still going on this week. It is sponsored by NY governor David Patterson and over 100 different animal organizations.

Toddler Time

The Bronx Zoo

Bronx, New York

October 13

The zoo will open at 10 AM, for toddlers to enjoy. For every adult, two children are allowed to go in for free. The zoo will provide a custom kid’s tour and theater programs.

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Featured Reading

NY Public Library, Morrisiania Branch

Bronx, New York

October 13

The NY Public Library branch will host a reading of “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” at 3:30 PM. It is an educational, award-winning book for children 6-12 years old.

Learn and Serve

EFA Community Room

Elmira, New York

October 13

The SPCA will host a conference for kids about how to help out their local animal association. It will go on from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Responsible Dog Class for People

Huntington Town Hall

Huntington, New York

October 13

Huntington, Long Island, offers this class on a monthly basis. It is a humans-only conference, and will go on from 6:00-8:00 PM. Parents are encouraged to bring children ages 10+, and the talk will go over training advice, dog park etiquette and more. It is a free class but you must reserve a spot: [email protected]


Cat and Kitten Adoption Clinics

Petsmart in Clifton Park

Clifton Park, NY

All week: Tuesday 10/13: 6-7:30 pm

Thursday 10/15: 6-7:30 pm

Friday 10/16: 6-7:30 pm

Saturday 10/17: 11-3

Sunday 10/18: 12-3

The Whiskers Benevolent League is holding a cat adoption festival. These cats have all come from the surrounding area, and have been fixed and vaccinated. Adoption fee is $100.

Rendezvous with Reptiles

Milton J Rubenson Museum of Science and Technology

Syracuse, New York

October 15


This event will hold two sessions, one at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, the next at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. Maxman Reptile Rescue will hold a live reptile presentation, and you’ll be allowed to touch the animals. You get to learn about how reptiles can relate to one another, and how they adapt to their ecological niches. It costs $5 for adults, $4 for children.

Emergency Prepardness Pet Event

Union Square

Manhattan, New York

October 15

This event will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM, and you can bring your pet. It will include pet demos and giveaways, as well as free microchipping for dogs and cats.

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