Upcoming Cat and Dog Events in the NYC Metro Area

The New York metropolitan area has a handful of different pet events in the next few weeks. There is a workshop about what to do about feral cat colonies in your neighborhood, as well as dog training sessions and adoption events!

How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony

Bronx Library Center

Bronx, New York

December 12

This workshop will last from 1:00-4:00 PM, and there is no fee. It will cover how you can assist and care for any feral cats around your neighborhood. It will tell you about some resources for food and access to getting them fixed. You can register by emailing: [email protected].

Winter Dog Fest

4 Old Lake Road

Nyack, New York

December 13

This event has free admission, and is going to take place from 12:00 noon-4:00 PM. It will feature a $5 nail clipping with “The Pet Barber.” There will also be a load of free activities, including free indoor dog training sessions with “People Training for Dogs”; free “Ask the Vet” sessions with Rockland Veterinary; free holiday pictures for humans and pets; and free dog product samples. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities, and this will occur rain or shine.

Traveling with your Pet Workshop


Syosset, New York

December 22

This Long Island Petco is holding a workshop on how to keep your pet safe while traveling. It starts at 10:30 AM. It’s a good idea if you’re taking your pet on a long trip this holiday season.


In Store Adoptions

Petco-Carle Place

Carle Place, New York

December 26

Maybe the day after Christmas, you will decide that your family needs a furry addition. Stop by Petco for their adoption fest to get some ideas!

Basic Training Dog Class


Baldwin, New York

December 27

Starting at 12:00 noon, Petco of Baldwin is holding the first session of a six-week dog training class. The instructors will educate you and your dog on house training, digging, chewing and other behavioral problems. You should see the store for more details. Definitely a good holiday gift if someone you know is getting a puppy.

Dog Show

Westchester County Center

White Plains, New York

January 9, 10

The Saw Mill River Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Northern New Jersey are teaming up for the first time and bringing these two dog shows to the Westchester County Center. They will have many different dog breeds on display, as well as some contests, like Best in Show, and Best Puppy in Show. It will go on both days from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, and the winners of the contests will be announced towards the end of the day. It costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and free for children under 5.

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.