Adopt a Pet – June 10th at Buddy Monument



In early 2008, Richmond Hill Block Association Vice President Paul Bankert’s wife Elizabeth had a funny dream that the Richmond Hill Block Association was giving out dogs as gifts. As Elizabeth described her dream, an idea began to form.

What if the RHBA hosted a pet adoption? Could we get adoptable pets to our headquarters on Jamaica Avenue and get the community to participate? Would it work? Could it become a “thing”; an annual event?

Paul brought the idea to the next board meeting of the RHBA. He described the idea of getting rescue groups to bring in pets and we could invite the community to adopt them.

Kathy Posekel, an active animal welfare advocate and RHBA treasurer suggested that we could get a NYC Parks Department permit and hold an adoption outdoors at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. Enthusiasm was high. Flag Day, June 14th was penciled into the calendar and we were off to plan what was to be the first annual RHBA Pet Adoption.

While Kathy reached out to her animal rescue contacts, Paul contacted his family veterinarian and local newspapers and websites for participation or support.

Kathy enlisted NYC Animal Care & Control (now known as Animal Care Centers of NYC), the ASPCA, and a few local Animal Rescue Groups to participate.

As the date got closer, RHBA members bought pet supplies and small patriotic items to give out at the event. Food and water bowls, collars, leashes, litter boxes and pet toys would be given to each adopting family.

We planned for a 10:00 AM start but the rescue groups all arrived closer to 11:30. Despite the delayed start, there were a dozen people patiently waiting in the park for their new fury friends to arrive.

By 4:00 PM, 14 pets had been adopted out between all of the rescue groups. A vet from Lefferts Animal Hospital answered dozens of questions and provided coupons for a free new pet examination. Anyone who wanted a small American flag got one courtesy of the RHBA. Then and there, we vowed to make our pet adoption an annual event.

With the exception of 2014 when it rained off and on during the day and nine pets were adopted, the RHBA has facilitated the adoption of no fewer than 10 pets each year and average 12 pets per event; not bad for four or so hours per year.

Ten years later, after eclipsing the century mark of 100 pets adopted in 2016, we’re ready for our tenth adoption event and eager to begin our quest for our next 100.

The Richmond Hill Block Association is proud to partner with Animal Care Centers of NYC, the ASPCA, and Heavenly Angels Rescue at our pet adoption events and is thankful to our volunteers and for the support of our community. The RHBA looks forward to another successful pet adoption on Saturday, June 10th, starting at 11:00 AM at Buddy Monument Plaza at Forest Park in Queens.

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