2010-08-20 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Presents Third Annual Bark In The Park

It’s not every day you can take your dog to a ball game. But on Tuesday, August 24th, the Brooklyn Cyclones invite fans to bring their dogs to the annual “Bark in the Park” baseball game at MCU Park in Coney Island. Cyclone’s fans and their canine friends will have the opportunity for an exciting “dog’s day” of fun as the Cyclones take on the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Maddie’s Fund®, the Pet Rescue Foundation, Bark in the Park will feature dog and cat adoptions from Brooklyn-based Sean Casey Animal Rescue, low-cost microchipping for dogs and cats, and great photo ops for the kids with “Maddie,” the six-foot Miniature Schnauzer mascot from Maddie’s Fund.

Fans will also enjoy other ballpark specials, including free “Property Of” T-Shirts, presented by Men’s Senior Baseball League to the first 2,500 fans who arrive. And KRAFT will offer KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets: buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Free from KRAFT Singles with purchase.

(Bring your package wrapper to a Cyclones game on Tuesdays for a steal of a deal. Visit kraftsingles. com for more information; exclusions apply).

The dogs and cats for adoption from Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a Mayor’s Alliance participating organization, will be waiting to meet new adopters from 4:00 - 9:00 pm in front of MCU Park on Surf Avenue on a mobile adoption unit provided by North Shore Animal League America, another Alliance Participating Organization.

The Mayor’s Alliance will also offer low-cost ($25) microchipping for dogs and cats to the public and ballpark guests during this time. Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure you and your pet can be reunited should your pet become lost.

It’s safe and simple: a tiny capsule about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the loose skin on the back of your pet’s neck, providing no more discomfort than a vaccination.

The game begins at 7:00 p.m., but ticket holders and others interested in adopting a pet or having their pets microchipped are encouraged to arrive early.

“We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of this fun-filled, pet-friendly event for the fourth straight year,” said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “It’s a wonderful example of the kind of community involvement that can make a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless animals by increasing their visibility in the public eye.”

Watch the Maddie’s Fund mascot fire up the crowds, pose for photos, and toss out the ceremonial first pitch at 6:30 p.m. The bleacher section of the stadium will be reserved for those who bring their pooches to the game.

“The Mayor’s Alliance, Maddie’s Fund, and the Brooklyn Cyclones share the goal of fostering positive family experiences,” said Brooklyn General Manager Steve Cohen. “By teaming up for Bark in the Park, we hope to connect pet lovers and baseball fans for an exciting evening of family fun.”

About the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie’s Fund®, The Pet Rescue Foundation, with support from the ASPCA, is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters.

To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) notfor profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015. www.Animalalli ance NYC.org.

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