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Pets Put Up For Adoption From Rescue Groups At Whiskers In Wonderland Event

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- More than 300 cats, kittens and rabbits were put up for adoption Sunday from more than 20 rescue groups and shelters, at the Whiskers in Wonderland holiday pet adoption event.

The event, hosted by the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals, was held from noon through 5 p.m. Sunday at five Manhattan Petco stores:

• Union Square (880 Broadway at 17th Street);
• 86th Street & Lexington Avenue;
• Columbus Square (805 Columbus Avenue at 98th Street);
• Kips Bay (560 Second Avenue at 30th Street);
• 92nd Street & Broadway.

Cats and kittens were available at all sites, but rabbits were only available at Union Square, 86th and Lexington, and Columbus Square.

"We're just really hoping that people come out at this time of year, and bring home a four-footed, furry, family member, because we have a lot of cats most of the time who are looking for great new homes, but particularly because of Sandy," said Jane Hoffman, president of the alliance.

Hoffman told WCBS 880 many Sandy victims were grateful that the city put on the event.

"Many of the people who were displaced or homes were destroyed by Sandy, unfortunately, had to end up relinquishing their pets," she said, "but at least they had the consolation that their pets were going to groups that would find them great new homes."

Rock & Rawhide was to collect donations of pet toys and clean linens for shelter animals.

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