NYC pet guide for families: Pet adoptions and activities
Everything your family needs to know about your NYC pet, from adoption advice to how to make the most of the city with your four-legged friend.
Mon Apr 1 2013
Owning a pet in New York City may seem a little more complicated than it is elsewhere, when you have to navigate a crowded subway system with a cat carrier in tow or ensure that Rover is getting enough exercise when your family lives in a cramped apartment. But growing up with a pet is still just as much a childhood rite of passage here as it is in less urban areas (just ask city kids what they love about having pets!), which is why we've put together a comprehensive NYC pet guide for families. If your brood is ready for a four-legged friend, scroll through our slide show of adoptable pets before heading to a city adoption center to meet your newest family member. Once you've welcomed a cat or dog into your home, check out some of the best NYC pet stores, dog-friendly parks and annual pet events, from Winter Jam in Central Park and the Easter Parade to the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. We also vetted the top pet-friendly hotels in the city for families who are in town for a short stay with Fido and Fluffy. Not ready to adopt quite yet? Your brood can curl up in front of one of the most-beloved animal-themed films of all time to enjoy a cinematic pet sans commitment. Plus, don't forget to send us a snapshot of your kid with her pet for our photo contest by Sunday, April 21—your family could win tickets for four to Annie on Broadway!
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