136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
New York is going to the hounds, toys and terriers in this puppy paradise.
Tue Feb 7 2012
Get your doggie fix all year long
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run
This off-leash area was the city's first when it opened in 1990. And the tricked-out space continues to attract mutts with a pool, tennis balls and spaces for large and small canines. If you ask nicely, owners will let you pet their pooches. E 9th St between Aves A and B (firstrunfriends.org)
Satisfy your pet cravings by volunteering at one of the local shelters spread throughout NYC. This isn't just play time, though. Before you get to work with the animals, you'll have to attend training and commit to working eight hours per month for six months. aspca.org
BARC: Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition
This no-kill shelter doesn't turn away pets, so you'll find plenty of older animals here for anyone wanting to walk an abandoned pooch . Bring a picture ID showing that you're at least 21, and you and Fido can stroll together. 253 Wythe Ave at North 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7489, barcshelter.org). Mon, Tue, Thu 9am--noon, 5--7:30pm; Wed, Fri--Sun 9am--noon.