BY ANGELA MATUA
Queens residents hoping to add another member to their family can attend the eighth-annual Pet Adoption Fair in Forest Park on Saturday, June 13.
The Richmond Hill Block Association and the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center host the fair, which has successfully provided homes to more than 70 cats and dogs.
From noon to 4 p.m., families can visit the Buddy Monument at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South in Forest Park, where the ASPCA, Animal Care & Control of NYC and Heavenly Angels Rescue will provide a furry friend.
According to Paul Bankert, president of the Richmond Hill Block Association, rabbits will also be available for adoption this year. A nonprofit organization in Queens called All About Rabbits Rescue will be on site to provide families with a rabbit of their own.
Bankert said he helped conceive this fair because “it helps the community and helps animals.”
Each person who adopts a pet will be provided with pet supplies including water and food bowls, collars, leashes and litter boxes.
The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic will be on site to provide discounted or free procedures to the first 25 participants who arrive before 7:30 a.m.
The Richmond Hill Block Association is also asking those who cannot adopt to donate new or laundered blankets for the dogs and cats still in shelters. Monetary donations will also be accepted by each rescue group.