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Who needs the Staten Island Furry? If you’re looking for a dog-friendly trip out on the water, you’re in luck — the Circle Line is planning an exclusive one-day Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise later this month for canines and their owners to sail in style. And it’s all for a good cause. 

Cruise with your pup aboard a Circle Line Ferry.

The cruise sets sail Saturday July 30 at 11am and is a one-hour tour with West Side views of the High Line, One World Trade Center, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — as well as dog-friendly NYC facts, photo opportunities for pups and their parents, branded bandanas and canine goodies from local bakery Little L’s All Natural Artisan Dog Treats

​​“We are beyond excited for the Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise and can’t wait to see all attendees enjoy a beautiful day on the water with their dog,” said Craig Kanarick, CEO of New York Cruise Lines, which operates the Circle Line sightseeing cruises out of Hell’s Kitchen at Pier 83. “New York City is filled with devoted dog lovers and through our partnership with North Shore Animal League America, guests will have the opportunity to adopt a pet and create long-lasting memories. This will be the first ever dog cruise in Circle Line’s 77-year history and it will be a special experience that no one will want to miss out on!”

The Circle Line, operating on the West Side since 1945, has hosted over 80 million passengers in their decades of sailing the Hudson River.  The sightseeing cruise company has made such an impact on the landscape of the city’s tourism landscape that former Mayor Ed Koch declared April 23 Circle Line Day in 1985.

In honor of International Friendship Day (which falls on July 30, the day of the cruise) ticket proceeds will go to the world’s largest adoption and rescue organization, the North Shore Animal League of America. Anthony Angioletti, Director of Offsite Programs, North Shore Animal League America said:  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Circle Line for a great event that raises awareness about the importance of rescue and adoption, while offering dog owners a unique way to spend quality time with their pets. This event will also offer potential adopters the opportunity to meet some of the adorable dogs and puppies we have available.” 

The Circle Line is known around the world and branded as “America’s Favorite Boat Ride”! Photo: Phil O’Brien

For those pups (and owners!) who haven’t quite gotten their sea legs yet, the adoption event will be at a landlocked North Shore Animal League of America stand at Pier 83 from 10am to 2pm, where prospective pup parents can meet and connect with available dogs and learn more about the League’s mission to find safe, loving and responsible homes for pets in their care. 

And while the League sponsors both dog and cat adoptions, it’s fair to say that perhaps the feline focus group has decided to sit this one out.

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