Adopting a pet in NYC

In 2011, New York City’s municipal shelter system took in more than 30,000 animals. Many were taken in from the street. Others were abandoned by owners unable or unwilling to continue taking care of them. Many are young and highly adoptable, and need even just a temporary foster home. In the hands of the city’s Animal Care and Control, even  healthy dogs and cats with great temperaments face a one in four chance of euthanasia due to lack of space and funds.

Many of these animals are taken in by rescue organizations who take in cats and dogs and care for them until they can locate the best home. Before heading to a store or a breeder, please consider contacting a local rescue to inquire about fostering or adopting a pet. They might have exactly the friend you were looking for. Taking one of out the hands of a rescue means creating an opening for another animal that might otherwise be put down. To have your local rescue added to this list, please email

New York City Animal Rescues


All Sentient BeingsAnimal Haven
Animal Haven
Animals Can’t Talk Inc.
A Tail At A Time
Bad Ass Brooklyn
BARC Animal Shelter
Brooklyn Animal Foster Network
Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition
Derreks Gleeful Rescue
Dog Habitat Rescue
Eve’s Sanctuary Animal
First Run Animal Rescue
For Our Friends
Francis’s Friends
Gotham City Kitties
Heart and Hand Society Inc
In Our Hands Rescue
K9 Kastle
KittyKaretakers of Queens
Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
Louis Animal Foundation
New York City Rescued Kitties
NY Pet-i-Care
Posh Pets Rescue
Project Pet
Ready For Rescue
Red Hook Dog Rescue
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Social Teez Animal Rescue
Stray From The Heart
Sugar Mutts Rescue
Tavi and Friends
Tigger Foundation
United Action for Animals
Uptown Cats
Waggin’ Train