Hunter’s Pet Gala 2022 has been cancelled due to logistical difficulties.
Stay tuned for updates!

hunter and friend
Hunter (left) and one of his dog friends

What is Hunter’s Pet Gala and Adoption Event?

Hunter’s Pet Gala and Adoption Event is day filled with pets and people who love pets! This event is held the first Saturday in June each year, with a rain date of the first Sunday in June. We postponed the event to September in 2020 so that we could ensure that our fellow animal lovers could conform to social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak.  The event was started in 2018 when Char and Steve Brown, owners of The Garden Bug and Linda and Mike Palmieri, of Creativity Unleashed, decided to hold an adoption day on the beautiful property at The Garden Bug, in Amsterdam, NY. 


The idea was first presented to Linda and Mike by Char and Steve and they were more than happy to help make it happen at the Garden Bug. Hunter, (Char and Steve’s black lab) was more than willing to be the ambassador for this event and takes his job very seriously, greeting event goers and watching his friends find forever homes. Shelters and Rescues are in attendance and are encouraged to bring pets for adoption. Pet related vendors are welcome to sign up to attend. Enjoy some food or drink under the tent while you listen to music provided by a DJ. There are also some great raffle items donated each year – all proceeds benefit attending shelters. All in all, it is a fantastic day where we come together to celebrate our love for animals! This day could not happen without the volunteers and sponsors who support it. 


Our goal is to see as many adoptions as possible come out of this wonderful day! Also, because of the generosity of our yearly sponsors and attendees, we are able to donate equally to each shelter/rescue in attendance the proceeds from any Raffles, T-shirt and Bandana Sales, etc. We are truly grateful to everyone involved and we are inspired to do this by the wonderful shelter/rescue staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to get pets adopted into loving homes.