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Union Square Park Adoptapalooza: Dogs, cats enjoy a day in the sun

The dog run had no boundaries at Union Square Park on Sunday. Hundreds of dogs and cats hung out at the park for Adoptapalooza.

The event brought potential adopters downtown to spend the afternoon with the shelter animals. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Petco Foundation partnered with 25 organizations and shelters with the goal of placing as many as possible in new homes. More than 360 adoption applications were filed on site, according to the Mayor's Alliance.

This adoption meet-and-greet was unlike any other shelter experience. Dogs and cats cuddled with humans, relaxed in the sun and posed for portraits.

If you didn't head down to Union Square Park, you not only missed out on adopting one of these cuties, but you also missed witnessing them learn to surf.

See photos from the massive adoption event.

This day in the park was all about
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This day in the park was all about making friends -- some were a bit more eager than others.

On the off chance their adorable faces didn't
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On the off chance their adorable faces didn't melt hearts alone, the adoptable pets wore bandanas and vests that donned the words "Adopt me."

Bet you never thought you'd see a dog
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Bet you never thought you'd see a dog surfing in Manhattan. (Or see a dog surfing at all.)

Some owners went home with more than just
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Some owners went home with more than just a furry friend. Artists sketched caricatures of the handsome pets in the park.

This pup cruised around the park with ease
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This pup cruised around the park with ease and couldn't have been happier to spend the day away from the shelter. She even wore her matching pink kicks for the occasion.

The cats kept cool in their cages, but
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The cats kept cool in their cages, but were open to cuddles, too.

Some of the puppies had so much fun
Photo Credit: Dana Edelson

Some of the puppies had so much fun at Adoptapalooza, they couldn't stay awake until the end.

Whether they found their forever homes or not,
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Whether they found their forever homes or not, the rescue pets did get some much-needed hugs.

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