NYC Paws Parade, ASPCA Adoptapalooza in Union Square: See pictures

Celebrating its 150th anniversary on April 10, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals teamed up with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to organize New York’s first-ever NYC Paws Parade to encourage people to adopt a pet.

The parade started at Madison Square Park, led by pet-loving Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters and non-triple-threat Instagram star Marnie the Dog. It included marchers from the ASPCA, NYPD Mounted and Canine Units, FDNY mascots Hot Dog and Siren and miniature therapy horses.

After the parade, Union Square became Adoptapalooza, where people got to meet more than 300 homeless puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and rabbits available for adoption.