The best spots for pet adoption NYC families need to explore

We found great places for pet adoption NYC families need to visit if they're considering a furry friend
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Thinking about a four-legged friend? We scoured the best locales for pet adoption NYC families need to consider.

If your kiddos are insisting on a furry family member, turn to shelters and organizations like the ASPCA, City Critters or Bideawee (to name a few). Once you meet the adorable pups and cats, it will probably be very difficult to leave without one!

After all, who doesn't like tackling the best things to do with kids in NYC with a cute companion by their side? Plus, you'll be giving an animal a wonderful home! It's a win-win for everyone (but we're sure your crew already gave you that spiel). 

Need a little inspo? Check out our favorite animal movies and pet movies and have a look at our suggestions for the best dogs for kids before your adopting adventure. 

Pet adoption NYC

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ASPCA Adoption Center

Peruse the ASPCA's online directory for a furry friend who is need of a good home. You'll be able to select the dog of your dreams or the charming feline who's stolen your heart—and take him or her home the same day! Now how is that for service? Just make sure to arrive two hours ahead of closing, per the website's instructions. The center is open from 11am–7pm Monday–Saturday and 11am–6pm on Sunday. 

Address: 424 E 92nd St
Phone: 212-876-7700 ext. 4120 

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Animal Care Centers of NYC

Animal Care Centers of NYC offers an amazing adoption package, which includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, a certificate for a free exam, embedded pre-registered microchip in case your pet ever gets lost and a collar. Dogs also get a leash, dog license and heartworm test while cat adoptions also include FELV/FIV testing and a cardboard cat carrier. The center encourages families to bring their children and dogs to make sure the addition will be an appropriate fit. If you're not ready for a huge commitment, there are also bunnies waiting for new homes! They might be an easier option before your family graduates to a dog or cat. 

Manhattan Animal Care Center: 326 East 110th St
Brooklyn Animal Care Center: 2336 Linden Blvd
Staten Island Animal Care Center: 3139 Veterans Rd West
Phone: 212-788-4000

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Since Bideawee has been operating for over 115 years, you know it's a great place to go if you're thinking about expanding the fam to little ones with four legs and a tail. Browse the online directory, where you can take a look at cats and dogs of various breeds and ages who are up for adoption at the center's Manhattan and Westhampton locations. Once you've got a pet in mind, work on fulfilling the adoption requirements and you'll be one step closer to a new addition. 

Manhattan Adoption Center: 410 East 38th St
The Westhampton Adoption Center: 118 Old Country Rd, Westhampton
Phone: 844-568-3738

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City Critters

Operating out of a Petco and PetSmart location in Manhattan, City Critters helps man find his best friend (primarily kittens and cats...and the occasional pup.) Before you visit City Critters, bear in mind that the application and interview process is thorough, as the organization's main concern is pairing an animal with its best match. If you're not quite ready to commit, try fostering with City Critters before adopting! 

Petco Turtle Bay, 991 Second Ave
PetSmart, 632 Broadway
Phone: Petco: 212-593-7213; Petsmart: (212-475-0893
Website: (or find their pets via Petfinder)

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Animal Haven

Look into the adorable face of a pet that needs you…how can you say no? Animal Haven gives the best care possible to dogs and cats in need, but they need your help to find the perfect loving home! The organization also only accepts animals with zero history of aggression, so you’re positive you’re getting an animal with a friendly demeanor. 

Address: 200 Centre St 
Phone: 212-274-8511

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Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition

This Williamsburg no-kill not-for-profit is perfect for Brooklyn families looking to adopt. Their detailed web descriptions of each animal help you decide if a specific pet is right for you and the kids before leaving the house (though we do recommend meeting them anyway…you never know)! 

Address: 86 N 1st St
Phone: 718-486-7489

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Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

With “Saving badass dogs from idiot humans” as a motto, we know this savvy shelter means business. Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue saves dogs from high kill, high volume pounds to give them a second chance at life…now it’s your turn to make a difference. See some of their dogs online here

Address: Network of foster homes in NY, CT and MA
Phone: Contact via e-mail at

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Social Tees Animal Rescue

Almost all of the adoptable pets under Social Tees Animal Rescue’s care are not onsite at the shelter, but rather snuggling in foster homes around the city. It’s a much kinder situation for the pet and it gives the organization a better idea of the animal’s temperament. The shelter also has a soft spot for injured, ill and special needs animals and tries to place them in loving homes through its “Underdogs and Undercats” and “Grandpaws” programs. 

Address: 325 East 5th St
Phone: 212-614-9653

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The Humane Society of New York

The Humane Society of New York has been providing ill, injured and abused New York City animals with a home for over 100 years. The center is more than just a shelter; its number one goal is to provide pets with top care at an affordable price and a home-like atmosphere. The only problem you’ll have is wanting to take all of these adorable animals home with you. 

Address: 306 E. 59th St
Phone: 212-752-4842

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Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center is right outside NYC in Huntington, NY, and it’s the only non-NYC shelter to be included in the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals. All dogs are spayed/neutered before adoption.

Address: 33 Warner Rd Huntington, NY 11743 
Phone: 631-368-8770

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