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NYC pet guide for families: Pet adoptions and activities

Everything your family needs to know about your NYC pet, from adoption advice to how to make the most of the city with your four-legged friend.

Owning a pet in New York City can be a bit more complicated than elsewhere, but growing up with a pet is still just as much a childhood rite of passage here as it is in less urban areas! When the kids start begging for a four-legged friend, don't panic—we've put together a comprehensive NYC pet guide for families to make the process easier to handle. If your brood is ready for a furry addition to the family, peruse our list of 10 awesome places to adopt a dog in NYC, then, once you've welcomed a cat or dog into your home, check out some of the best NYC pet stores, dog-friendly parks and annual pet events on offer around the city. Not ready to adopt quite yet? Your brood can curl up in front of one of the most-beloved animal-themed films of all time to enjoy a pet sans commitment.

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