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NYC Pet Adoption Guide: Animal Shelters For Dogs And Cats

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Thinking about growing your family with a four-legged bundle of love?  Opt to adopt and help save a life by giving a rescued animal a loving forever home. has teamed up with the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals to feature a dozen of the top shelters and rescue groups in the city.  The Mayor's Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community.  Check out the entire list of Alliance Participating Organizations by clicking HERE.

Animal Care Centers Of NYC
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Animal Care Centers Of NYC

Multiple Locations

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As they like to say, welcoming your next furry family member is as "Easy As ACC." Become one of New York's "Kindest" by adopting a dog, cat or rabbit from Animal Care Centers of NYC. ACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is the only open-admissions animal shelter in New York City, taking in approximately 30,000 animals every year. ACC's three Care Centers in Manhattan (326 East 110th Street), Brooklyn (2336 Linden Boulevard), and Staten Island (3139 Veterans Road West) are open for adoptions 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Click here to check out available animals. Volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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Animal Haven - Pet Adoption Guide
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Animal Haven

200 Centre Street
New York, NY

Animal Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption. Founded in 1967, they operate an animal shelter in Manhattan, and offer programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.

Anjellicle - Pet Adoption Guide
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Anjellicle Cats Rescue

Multiple Locations

Anjellicle Cats Rescue is a no-kill, all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are a member of the Mayor's Alliance and a New Hope Partner with the New York Animal Care & Control (ACC).

For over ten years, Anjellicle Cats Hell's Kitchen-based organization has been a lifeline for abandoned, stray, and neglected cats and kittens. As part of their goal to help make New York a no kill city, Anjellicle Cats works closely with the ACC to pull out those who are in danger of being euthanized. Each one is welcomed with kindness and medical attention, with the goal of placement into a permanent, loving home.

Check out the kitties at Spoiled Brats, 340 W. 49th Street, or at their two show-spaces at Petco UES, 1280 Lexington Ave (corner of 86th St) and Petco UWS, 805 Columbus Ave (@100th St. Visit their website above or email for more info.

ASPCA - Pet Adoption Guide
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American Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Multiple Locations
(212) 876-7700

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society in North America and is a leading voice for animals nationwide.

The ASPCA was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend its anti-cruelty mission across the country, it is recognized as a national animal welfare organization. It is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

The ASPCA Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center, located at 424 E 92nd St in Manhattan (between 1st and York Avenues) is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information and to see a list of available animals, click here.

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Bideawee - Pet Adoption Guide
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Multiple Locations

Bideawee, which means "stay awhile," in Scottish, is one of oldest humane organizations in the United States. Founded in 1903, Bideawee has been providing shelter, care and compassion to homeless animals, and helping them to find their forever homes for more than 113 years.

Bideawee has three locations -- one in Manhattan and two in Long Island -- and offers a vast array of services including, adoption, veterinary care, training, volunteering, a pet therapy program and two pet memorials parks.

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Bobbi and the Strays

Multiple Locations

Established in 1998, Bobbi and the Strays is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization, located in New York, with an adoption center in Queens and a shelter in Freeport, Long Island.

They rescue stray dogs and cats from the streets, and from situations of abuse and neglect. Additionally, they rescue many dogs and cats from "death row" at kill shelters in New York. All rescued animals are examined by a veterinarian, lab tests are completed, and vaccinations are given. The dogs and cats are then spayed or neutered, treated for any health problems and rehabilitated as necessary. Bobbi & The Strays' main goal is to find permanent, loving homes for all the dogs and cats, and have a guaranteed return policy on all adoptions.

City Critters - Pet Adoption Guide
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City Critters

Multiple Locations

City Critters is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of homeless cats and kittens from the New York City area. Their cats are rescued from the streets, surrendered by owners who can't keep them, and accepted from our city's overwhelmed municipal shelter. All receive complete vet care before they are shown for adoption.
City Critters has two Manhattan adoption centers - at Petco at 991 Second Ave. and Petsmart at 632 Broadway. City Critters cats are held in foster homes and the group always needs more foster volunteers! Check out their website above for opportunities.

HSNY - Pet Adoption Guide
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Humane Society Of New York

305 East 59 Street, New York, NY 10022

For over 100 years, the Humane Society of New York (a 501(c)(3) non profit organization) has been a presence in New York City, caring for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes.

It was founded in 1904 to protect the city's horses against abuse. Today the hospital and Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 38,000 dogs and cats annually, with special attention to quality of life at the shelter. That means every day, every dog gets exercise time in the rooftop run, and the chance to walk outdoors with staff and volunteers, and cats enjoy daily play sessions outside their kennels. This very personal care is fully as important to a pet's well being as the inoculations, spay/neuter and other veterinary care provided during its stay in the adoption center. "This doesn't feel like a shelter" remark many visitors to the Society. "It feels like a home."

For more information and to see photos of animals available for adoption, visit their website by clicking on the link above.

KittyKind - Pet Adoption Guide
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860 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

KittyKind is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization committed to working with the community to reduce the number of abandoned or homeless animals in New York City. They partner with many rescuers who find adoptable cats in their TNR (trap-neuter-release) efforts, and also work with the public to accept owner surrenders and to help find homes for stray and abandoned cats.
KittyKind distinguishes itself by committing to challenging cases without regard to age and medical history. They provide the care needed to prepare all their cats for adoption, including up-to-date vaccinations and sterilization. KittyKind places more than 500 cats a year in forever homes, and makes a lifetime commitment to the hard to place animals, giving them a home for as long as is needed. Their happy endings attest to the dedication of their network of compassionate, tireless volunteers and the contribution of the public through donations, foster homes, and forever homes.

Little Shelter
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Little Shelter Animal Rescue And Adoption Shelter

33 Warner Rd, Huntington, NY 11743

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington, Long Island. Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes.

All Little Shelter pets receive the highest quality medical care and are spayed /neutered before adoption. Every potential adopter is interviewed and thoroughly screened to ensure the best quality homes. Little Shelter is the only shelter not located in New York city to be included in the Mayor's Alliance.

Patricia H. Ladew Foundation
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Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc.

34 Hamilton Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY  11771

For over 40 years as a 501(c)3 organization, the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc. has provided housing and medical care for homeless cats.  In 2004, they became members of The Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals and as a New Hope Member they focus on rescuing cats from ACC and The Mayor's Alliance.

The house in Oyster Bay features three outdoor enclosed runs and offers a home-like atmosphere where the cats live uncaged.  The sanctuary is run by a Veterinarian, has live-in staff and most medical procedures/evaluations are offered on-site. Cats that are not placed into loving homes can live out their lives at the sanctuary.  PHLF's staff offers lifelong dedication to their cats and adopters and considers each as family.

Posh Pets - Pet Adoption Guide
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Posh Pets Rescue

Multiple Locations
Posh Pets Rescue is a New York based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals, specializing primarily in dogs and cats, many of whom are neglected or abandoned, or rescued at the very last moment from euthanasia at New York City area shelters. No matter the breed, health or age of the animal, Posh Pets works tirelessly to find the right homes for the animals in their care, with people who will love them for their lifetime.

In addition to its network of foster families, Posh Pets also operates an animal shelter on Long Island and a cat adoption center in Westchester County and works with the Soi Dog Foundation which rescues dogs from the horrific meat market in Thailand. For every Thailand pup they help save, a pet from the NYC ACC is also rescued.

Also visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sean Casey - Pet Adoption Guide
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Sean Casey Animal Rescue

153 East 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter located at 153 East 3rd Street in Brooklyn. They rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and more! The shelter is open every day from 11am to 7pm, and all are welcome to visit and meet their beautiful animals available for adoption. Sean Casey Animal Rescue has many volunteer opportunities available too, and offers fun and informative volunteer orientations at 7pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the shelter. To learn more about Sean Casey Animal Rescue, click HERE  Also visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

The Mayor's Alliance also operates The NYC Feral Cat Initiative, which is helping to humanely reduce the community cat population in the five boroughs through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release).  Learn more about that HERE Plus, watch this "All For Animals" video from 1010WINS' Susan Richard:

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