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10 awesome places to adopt a dog or cat in NYC

Fetch your new forever pal from one of these stellar New York shelters and organizations. Adopt a dog or cat, and you and the kids will have enough cuddles to last a lifetime!

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Thinking about adopting a family pet this summer? Now’s the time! Having a dog or cat helps your little ones learn responsibility and compassion, and there are plenty of awesome organizations around New York that would love to connect you with your new furry best friend (and their rescues with a new forever home). Whether you’re in a brownstone or a studio, New York’s shelters have kittens and pups of every shape and size, and they’ll do their best to connect you with a pet that suits your family’s lifestyle. Here’s where to look, New Yorkers!

ASPCA Adoption Center

ASPCA Adoption Center

Browse the smiling puppy and kitty faces of ASPCA's Adoption Center online before meeting them in person! Get started on the adoption application process and learn what you’ll need to bring here. 

Address: 424 E. 92nd St. New York, NY 
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.* 
Sun: 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.* 
As hours are subject to change, call before visiting to confirm. 
Phone: (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120 

Animal Care and Control NYC

Animal Care and Control NYC

Featuring three different locations for your convenience (after all, pets in all boroughs need loving human parents), AC&C’s volunteers ask the right questions to help you find your perfect cat, dog or rabbit. 

Manhattan Animal Care Center: 326 East 110th Street, New York, NY 10029
Brooklyn Animal Care Center: 2336 Linden Boulevard,Brooklyn, NY 11208
Staten Island Animal Care Center: 3139 Veterans Road West, Staten Island, NY 10309
HoursShelter Hours 8am–8pm, Seven days a week. Adoption Hours 7am-7pm, Seven days a week.
Phone: (212) 788-4000



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 Street, New York, NY 10016 
The Westhampton Adoption Center: 118 Old Country Road, Westhampton, NY 11977 
Hours: Hours vary between locations. Visit the site for more details. 
Phone: (Both Locations) (866) 262-8133 

City Critters

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. 

Union Square Petco: 860 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
PetSmart: 632 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Other Locations
Hours: Union Square Petco: Mon­–Sun 9am–10pm (Adoptions at all times)
PetSmart: Mon–Sat 9am–9pm, Sun 10am-9pm (Adoptions at all times)
Phone: Petco: (212) 358-0692Petsmart: (212) 475-0893
WebsiteCitycritters.org (or find their pets via Petfinder)

Animal Haven

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: 251 Centre Street New York, NY 10013
Hours: Mon–Fri 12pm–7pm, Sat and Sun 11am–6pm
Phone: (212) 274-8511

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition

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: 253 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Hours: (Adoption Hours) Tues–Sat, 12pm-4pm
Phone: (718) 486-7489

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

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


Social Tees Animal Rescue

Social Tees Animal Rescue

Social Tees Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R) is committed to a unique cause: giving elderly and previously injured animals a second chance at life. S.T.A.R rescues animals from kill-shelters of all kinds, including cats, dogs, birds, and exotics. The shelter is best known for its “Underdogs and Undercats” program, which specializes in finding homes for amputee, blind, and elderly animals. Come find a wise new friend at the S.T.A.R shelter. 

Address: 325 East 5th New York, NY 10003
Hours: Mon–Fri 5pm-7pm, Sat and Sun 12pm- 4pm
Phone: (212) 614-9653

The Humane Society of New York

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 both people and pets with top care and 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
Hours: Open Mon–Sun (by appointment only) 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Phone: (212) 752-4840 

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

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, and Little Shelter has snagged Best of Long Island for five straight years (2010–2014) in the Best Animal Shelter/Rescue category. We figured it deserved a mention. 

Address: 33 Warner Road Huntington, NY 11743 
Hours: Mon–Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat and Sun 12pm-5pm 
Phone: (631) 368-8770 


Alan J
Alan J

Great post "informative" but i'm posting the ads for adoption on obsads.com in uk.