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Sunnyside’s Dog Group Organizes Big Adoption Event

Organizer Jeannette Remak

Oct. 3, 2013 By Christian Murray

Sunnyside’s leading dog group is hosting its first event at the newly-revamped Lou Lodati Park Saturday where it aims to find homes for as many as 15 to 20 rescue dogs.

Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS), a grass-roots group that was instrumental in bringing a dog run to Lou Lodati Park, will be closing down that run from 12pm-4 pm, Oct. 5,  for an adoption event.

The group will be bringing in rescue dogs from an organization called Four Paws Sake. The dogs will run the gamut in terms of age and breed.

Meanwhile a cat group will also be coming in with about 15 cats, all looking for homes.

The canines and felines, however, will be kept separate. The canines will be kept in the dog run traditionally for the big dogs, while the cats will be placed in the run for small dogs.

“This event is what SUDS is all about,” said Jeannette Remak, a local resident who is organizing the event. “We aim to look after those animals that are the least fortunate.”

As part of the event, Father Brian Dowd from Queen of Angels Church will bless the animals at 12:30 pm at the dog run.

Meanwhile, there will be a trainer who will evaluate dogs to see how well they react to other dogs and people—in what is being called a “canine good citizen test.”

There will also be a raffle where the proceeds will go to Four Paws Sake. Prizes include dog and cat treats—to a ladies Vegan handbag to an autographed hockey puck by Sean Avery.

Those animals that are adopted will be examined and given free shots by Beshoy Rafla, a veterinarian at Queens Animal Hospital in Woodside.


Place: Lou Lodati Park (Dog Run)

Time: 12pm – 4 pm

Date: Saturday, Oct, 5.

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43rd & 43rd

Wish I’d known about this earlier! I would’ve gone and met the cats/volunteers for later adoption. Too bad. I only live a block away so I don’t know how I didn’t see anything. . . .

40th Street

Great event! I love how the dog park has brought people in our community together. I meet so many nice people from the neighborhood when I bring my dog there to play, and he has a great time. It’s a diverse crowd of dog owners (and dogs!) and people are really friendly and considerate of each other.

Rick Duro

It’s rare that a dog can be adopted ‘day of’ from an event. Responsible dog rescue groups do home and reference checks first. The one dog that was adopted yesterday, Oreo, has an owner that lived right across the street, making it easy and quick. There were many applicants for dogs and cats, so hopefully we will see several more adoptions in the coming days/week.

Oreo is a senior dog, 11, and an adoption of an elderly dog is always that much sweeter:)



Sunnyside Native

Ruben – ever since the dog run was opened, the dog poop situation is drastically better in the neighborhood. Stop being a dog hater. If you want to better your neighborhood, please attend the community board meetings & present your ideas on how the neighborhood can be improved upon. Based on your continuous ramble, I presume the Chaaaange bum will be first on your list…


yay more dogs to spread their shit all over the floors we walk on.

Sunnyside loves Dogs, it’s only a matter of time before we tear down/redesign the park by the library and add a dog run there!

oh wait..thats too close to them latinos.

Get real

What is wrong with all of you people?

Why don’t you go to Williamsburg to get your dog blessed and then wipe its stinky butt with hipster cream.

Sunnyside Native

There is Blessing of the Animals at All Saints Church this Saturday, October 5th at 3pm. 🙂 All Saints Church is located on 46th Street, between 43rd Avenue & Skillman Avenue. There is also a Blessing of the Animals this Saturday, 10/5 in Woodside, at the St. Sebastian’s bazaar. Not sure of the time for that blessing.

Dorothy Morehead

Does anyone know a trap, spay and release person in Sunnyside? There are feral cats in back of my office I would like to have spayed while the population is still small and healthy.

Rick Duro

Phyllis Taiano of Four Paws Sake does excellent work, saving dogs from death row all over the 5 boroughs.

All along SUDS has wanted to partner with Queens based animal rescue groups. We felt it was important to look out for rescuers w/i our own borough.

Many of our own dogs come from similar situations, and there was someone there to pitch in and donate a few hours to get them adopted to us. Los of folks have volunteered their free time this Saturday to return the love and care given their pet years ago.

We have other ideas for events, including Dog Training Seminars, SUDS Senior Saturday (bring the elderly to the run for some great therapy from the best SUDS has to offer), movie night (7pm-9pm) fundraisers, etc.

Hope to see you there this Saturday, please share with your friends.


Rick Duro


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