Brooklynites give homes to rescue animals at Fort Greene pet adoption event

Potential adopters fill out forms outside the Ashland, a luxury rental building in Fort Greene, on Sept. 21.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

These furballs are homeward bound!

A pack of adorable Brooklyn tail waggers found loving homes during a pet adoption event last Saturday, when a local animal shelter stationed an adoption truck outside a Fort Greene apartment building.

“It was really successful,” said Courtney Weinholtz, a Greenpoint resident and a volunteer at the Manhattan-based shelter, Bideawee.

The adoption truck carried six dogs and five cats to Ashland Place between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, where dozens of passersby boarded the van to meet the four-legged fuzz muffins between 11 am and 2 pm. According to Weinholtz, it didn’t take long for deep bonds to form — and for one dog, it was puppy love at first sight.

“A couple had been interested in him, and he was obsessed with the woman right when he met her,” Weinholtz said about the nine-month-old pup. The little dog grew visibly upset when the woman turned away, only to be thrilled when the couple returned to take him home, Weinholtz said.

Furr-ever friend: Frank, a puppy, found a loving family at the Bideawee pet adoption event in Fort Greene last Saturday.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

All but two of the furry friends found forever homes during the event, and Weinholtz said that animal lovers lined up to meet the cute companions even before the truck arrived.

Bideawee, a no-kill shelter with locations in Manhattan and Suffolk County, houses a diverse mix of cats and dogs, some of whom the organization rescues from kill shelters in the south and in Puerto Rico. The pet organization holds semi-weekly adoption events across the city, which, according to Weinholtz, serve not only to find homes for the shelter aniamls, but also to help change stereotypes about rescues.

“It’s a really great way for Bideawee to show people that rescue animals can be really friendly,” she said.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Frank Inoa (left) gets to know Frank the puppy outside a luxury apartment building in Fort Greene on Sept. 21.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

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