Jill Rappaport

During the pandemic, animal shelters saw a dramatic influx of adoptions, but as life returns to normal, and inflation rates continue to soar, many of those animals are sadly being returned. So this year, The Big Apple Circus has partnered with renowned animal advocate Jill Rappaport and her brand “Rappaport To The Rescue” to introduce 45 fabulous fur angels – on the 45th anniversary of the Big Apple Circus. 

There will be wonderful shelters and foster-based organizations participating from all across the tristate to facilitate adoption applications and to share their wisdom about these precious pooches, including on its Opening night the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF). 

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 starting at 4:00 PM, the public is invited to come down to the Big Top at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, New York City for this heartfelt adoption event! Admission is free of charge and guests will be treated to complimentary refreshments. In addition to potentially finding your forever best friend, you will also be invited to stay for an exclusive Big Apple Circus’ final dress rehearsal at 7:00 pm before the grand opening performance on November 11th.

About Jill Rappaport and ‘Rappaport to the Rescue’:

Considered a nationwide “Voice for the Voiceless”, Jill Rappaport has made it her life’s mission to shine a light on animals in need. Her beloved award-winning segment ‘Bow To Wow’ ran for over seven years on NBC’s Today Show and had a 100% adoption record! Rappaport then went on to create, produce and host Jill Rappaport’s Best In Shelter, an NBC prime time special, featuring senior, special needs and pit dogs since Rappaport’s heart has always been about finding the underdogs a forever home. She had a recurring ‘Rappaport To The Rescue’ adoption segment on ABC’s The View, created and hosted Dog Bowl on Animal Planet which was Puppy Bowl for seniors and hosted the ‘Pup Close and Personal’ segments for Puppy Bowl. She is currently the host of Rappaport To The Rescue, a podcast on Pet life Radio, which can be heard worldwide. She has a complete line of pet products and website called Jill Rappaport’s Pet Products with a Purpose benefitting animals in need. Rappaport has written four books and won numerous national awards including the coveted ASPCA Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) first Voice For The Animals Award.

About The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation:

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, open admission, no kill shelter that relies on the generosity of their donors and volunteers to care to for the homeless animals in its community, and to place them in loving “forever homes.”  Whether caring for strays found wandering the streets, rescuing neglected and abandoned animals, or saving dogs from the horrors of the puppy mill industry, the shelter is a safe haven for all animals and for some, a last resort. The shelter provides a steppingstone for animals to find a loving home. 

For more information, visit and follow @southamptonanimalshelter on Facebook.

About the Big Apple Circus:

The Big Apple Circus is back for its 45th anniversary season for its dazzling newest extravaganza: “DREAM BIG!” where astonishing wonders and daring acrobatics set imaginations soaring to the most astounding, awe-inspiring heights. Founded in 1977 by two circus performers, the Big Apple Circus has for decades presented a new show every year featuring the world’s best circus performers in an intimate one-ring Big Top venue at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park to family audiences living in and visiting the Big Apple. This year Little big Ringmaster Alan Silva to guide the audience through a show of incredible acts and to perform his breathtaking aerial silks routine. Also returning is fan favorite, comedic daredevil Johnny Rockett, and back to amaze from above the ring with his world-renowned high wire routine is Nik Wallenda alongside his family. Tickets to this year’s show are available at 

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