10 awesome places to adopt a dog or cat in NYC

Your new best friend awaits! Fetch your forever pal from one of these great places to adopt a dog or cat in NYC.

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If your children have started asking to adopt a dog in NYC (or a cat!), good luck holding back—it's so hard to say no to the city's cutest family-seeking residents, and it's easier than ever to find them. Many animal shelters in NYC offer photographs and profiles of shelter dogs (and other critters) online to help them find a great home, and while getting a new furry family member is a lot of hard work, your kids will learn a thing or two about responsibility and unconditional love in the process. If you have the time, resources, space in your home and extra love to devote to a new pet, do some research to adopt a dog in NYC—and don't forget about cat adoption in NYC, either...they need the love too! Seriously...it's a win-win for all.

Once you've found your soul pet, take a trip to a dog-friendly park, take 'em with you on vacation at these pet-friendly hotels in NYC and cuddle up on the couch for our favorite pet movies.

Best places to adopt a dog or cat in NYC

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ASPCA Adoption Center

Hopeful pet owners can browse through the ASPCA Adoption Center’s online directory of dogs and cats ready to be adopted and, in most cases, can meet the critter and take him home the same day! If there’s a furry friend who’s stolen your heart but isn’t ready to head off just yet, a reservation fee can be paid to place him on hold.

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

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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 a right fit.

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

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Bideawee has tons of lovable animals in their adoption centers just waiting for you to drop in. From puppies to older (wiser) dogs and cats, this organization covers everything from microchipping to behavioral therapy for pets (for free) to help get them ready for a new life with your family! 

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

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City Critters

City Critters’ application and interview process ensure that you and your potential adoptee are the best possible fit. This organization works with companies like Petco and PetSmart to place cuddly pets in person. 

Petco Turtle Bay, 991 Second Ave, New York, NY 10022
PetSmart, 632 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Other Locations
Phone: Petco: 212-593-7213; Petsmart: (212-475-0893
Website: Citycritters.org (or find their pets via Petfinder)


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
Website: Animalhavenshelter.org

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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, Brooklyn
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 adopt@badassbk.com

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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 New York, NY 10003
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 New York, NY 10022
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 Road Huntington, NY 11743 
Phone: 631-368-8770