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Five dogs and 14 cats – 12 kittens and two adult cats – found their “furever” homes during the Animal Care Center (ACC) mobile pet adoption campaign in College Point on Saturday, July 31.
The ACC has been back on the road since late May after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all mobile pet adoption campaigns for more than 14 months.
The events require all participants to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Only one family with a maximum of two people per family is allowed on their truck, and navigation time is limited to five minutes.
Future pet parents lined the sidewalk outside College Point Petco, hoping to bring home a four-legged friend.
Irina and her son Simon stood in line hoping to adopt one of the kittens.
“We adopted our cat two years ago and are looking for a friend,” Irina said.
Stephanie Feliciano, Adoption Manager at ACC, explained that animal shelters are “inundated with felines” since summer is kitten season.
“During the summer months it always picks up with the kittens,” Feliciano said. “Usually it goes out around, maybe in September [or] October, and then we don’t see them come in as much.
Prospective pet parents must bring photo ID with their address and adoption fees, which vary depending on the pet and its age.
Fees for kittens under six months old are $ 125, young adult cats $ 75, and $ 25 for cats over 5 years old. For puppies less than six months old, the price is $ 250. For dogs over seven months the cost is $ 75, and for small dogs seven months and over the cost is $ 150.
All animals are sterilized and sterilized, are pre-registered with a microchip and have received their first welfare vaccines. The adoption fee also includes a certificate for a free examination at a participating veterinarian.
Jessica Gallo from Astoria adopted 1-year-old Paolo, a stray who entered the ACC shelter only a week ago.
Gallo explained that his family recently lost their dog and were looking for a new furry friend. She immediately fell in love with the adorable, easy-going puppy when she saw him on the ACC website.
“He had this one ear high, one ear low thing, and I was like, ‘Oh, sweetheart,’” Gallo said.
When she found out that the organization was organizing a pet collection, she had to come “pick it up”.
“He came right over and leaned over me, and honestly I feel so comfortable with him,” Jessica explained.
The brothers Tendin and Karma of Jackson Heights adopted a kitten because their owner does not allow dogs, but mostly because “cats are so cute.”
Tendin said they haven’t decided on a name yet.
“I want to get to know him and then pick the name, so it fits him,” Tendin said.
Feliciano said some of their adoption events have been “bananas,” noting that 300 people lined up at last week’s event in Astoria to find a new best friend.
“People are just impatient to have this interaction with a pet,” Feliciano said.
Anyone interested in adopting a “bourgeois” cat, dog, rabbit or guinea pig can visit nycacc.org for more information on their adoption campaigns. mobile pets or on the adoption process.