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Bark Avenue Adopt-A-Thon at the Old Stone House

Homeward bound: Slopers show puppies love

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SNACK TIME: Pit bull Sasha Roo gnaws on a pumpkin.
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HANG TIME: Blue, an 8-month-old pit bull mix, was once thrown out of a car on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, but can now jump with the best of them.
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ADOPT ME: A pooch mugs for the camera.
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STRIKE A POSE: Bambi, a 2-year-old chihuahua, is a cool customer.

These pups are in the doghouse — in the best way possible.

More than 20 animals found homes at the Bark Avenue Adopt-athon on Sunday in Park Slope, and every one of them got the red-carpet treatment, according to an organizer.

“It’s all about honoring these dogs. Many of them have such stories,” said Marion Fiore, who organized the event at the Old Stone House in coordination with several local shelters. “[The dogs] are the stars of the show.”

Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) emceed the procession of pooches. Cats were also up for adoption at the event, but the furry felines in attendance were less willing to strut down the red carpet, Fiore said.

Animal lovers brought home 13 cats and seven dogs, according to several participating shelters, and with others still crunching the numbers, it is likely even more wayward pets found new homes.

This is Fiore’s second adopt-athon, following another red-carpet affair in Carroll Gardens in April.

The Long Islander said she is motivated by her love for dogs and by a traumatic event years ago, when she and her ex-husband returned a rescue dog to a shelter only for the shelter to have the dog put down. For that she needs to atone, she said.

“When you give up a dog that’s the risk you take, and I really feel responsible for the death of a living individual,” Fiore said. “Every dog that someone adopts, that’s one more space free in a shelter so dogs don’t have to be put down.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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