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Adopt Pets and Photos at Lower East Side Show

 The Art and Adoption Show will present artworks along side abandoned and adoptable animals.
The Art and Adoption Show
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Come for the photos — and leave with a pet.

The first Art and Adoption Show will be held this Saturday on the Lower East Side, featuring animal-themed artworks along with rescued dogs and cats that need a home.

Co-organizer Jeff Latzer hopes the event, at Site/109 gallery on Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington streets, will spread the word on how to adopt a pet.

"We are trying to change the format of adoption events to get a new audience of people to come and introduce them to adopting cats and dogs, and also show them some cool photographs and artworks," said Latzer, a 29-year-old financial consultant who is also involved in animal rescue and advocacy.

Five animal rescue nonprofits, including Ready for Rescue and Cats in the Cradle Rescue, will be at the event with about 20 cats and 10 dogs that are up for adoption.

Lining the walls of Site/109 will be artworks from Morgan Spicer at Bark Point Studio, an illustrator who creates pet caricatures to help abandoned animals get adopted. There will also be work from photographer Sabrina Paige as well as other artists.

While there is a chance that an attendee could bring an animal home the day of the event, the adoption process generally takes longer and could include a short application, a house visit and references from family or friends.

The Art and Adoption Show will be held at Site/109 at 109 Norfolk Street from 12p.m. until 5 p.m.