LifestylePets Union Square Park Adoptapalooza: Dogs, cats enjoy a day in the sun By Meghan Giannotta email@example.com Updated September 19, 2016 7:32 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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. Photo Credit: Mark McQueen This day in the park was all about making friends -- some were a bit more eager than others. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson 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." Photo Credit: Dana Edelson Bet you never thought you'd see a dog surfing in Manhattan. (Or see a dog surfing at all.) Photo Credit: Dana Edelson Some owners went home with more than just a furry friend. Artists sketched caricatures of the handsome pets in the park. Photo Credit: Mark McQueen 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. Photo Credit: Mark McQueen The cats kept cool in their cages, but were open to cuddles, too. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson Some of the puppies had so much fun at Adoptapalooza, they couldn't stay awake until the end. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson Whether they found their forever homes or not, the rescue pets did get some much-needed hugs. By Meghan Giannotta firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic 12 pets waiting for you in shelters Warning: You will NOT be able to resist these adorable faces. Staten Island dog makes adoptive historyThe perfect addition to your family might just be waiting in a shelter, too. Rare hand-raised tiger cubs make Bronx Zoo debutWhat's cuter than a baby animal? Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.