Gift of adoption for New York City-area pets

Best Friends in New York works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area. As part of this work, Best Friends has a national lifesaving concept space and pet adoption center in SoHo, hosts adoption and fundraising events, and runs a foster program in partnership with Animal Care Centers of New York City. Together, we will Save Them All.

Thousands of people and nearly 25 animal rescue groups and shelters took part in the Best Friends Super Adoption in New York, held the second weekend in December, with only one goal in mind — help cats and dogs find homes in time for the holidays.

The Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, was bustling from the minute the doors opened on Saturday. In fact, this year nearly 3,000 attendees came to the two-day event, sponsored by BOBS from Skechers, Cuteness, Instinct by Nature's Variety and Petco Foundation. And by Sunday afternoon, nearly 350 cats and dogs had received the ultimate gift — a home of their own.

Like every adoption event, this one was filled with very special moments like when a hearing-impaired dog named Ozzy was adopted with his good friend, Cody, who helps him more easily navigate the world.

Two dog friends, Ozzy and Cody, being adopted together by a couple

And when a family from Staten Island decided the only thing better than adopting Dixie the puppy, was adopting Mishka the kitten, too.

Puppy and kitten being adopted together by a family at the New York Super Adoption

Luckily, photographers were at the event to capture many of the weekend’s special moments. Here are just some of our favorites:

Man sitting on the ground next to a brown puppy during the New York Super Adoption

Family holding a Maltese-type dog on some steps after adopting him from the New York Super Adoption

Woman giving a kiss to a pit-bull-type dog in front of a Best Friends backdrop and Christmas tree

Woman and brown dog on an orange carpet in front of a Best Friends backdrop and Christmas tree

Smiling woman holding a gray and white cat

Couple holding a small blond puppy in front of a New York Super Adoption banner

Small white puppy licking a woman giving him a kiss

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Photos Robert Stoetzel and Shannon Kirkman