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Become an animal shelter volunteer at these animal welfare organizations

Whether you’re more into cats, dogs or rabbits, you can be an animal shelter volunteer in the five boroughs right now

Written by
Jillian Anthony

If you’re an animal-lover wondering where to become an animal shelter volunteer in NYC, look no further. If you’re not quite ready to adopt or foster (or still thinking about it) you can still walk a dog, meet a cat or help nonprofits in many other ways today. Check out our pet guide to NYC, and explore volunteer opportunities in all five boroughs below.

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Be an animal shelter volunteer

Animal Care Centers of NYC

Want to volunteer as a dog, cat or rabbit companion, foster parent, or adoption counselor in every borough? This nonprofit has you covered. Various locations (

Animal Haven

In addition to its Soho headquarters, this 45-year-old charity operates a mobile adoption center that travels throughout the greater New York and New Jersey area. Volunteers assist with a number of daily tasks, including feeding, handling and bathing the animals. Associate director Kendra Mara also cites cleanliness—of the pets themselves and their living quarters—as one of the shelter’s top priorities. “Be ready to roll up your sleeves and get a little messy,” she says. 251 Centre St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-274-8511,


ASPCA Adoption Center

Apply between June 1 and 7 to help eight hours a month for six months by caring for dogs, feeding kittens and more on the UES. 494 E 92nd St (212-876-7700,


Not all of our landlords allow dogs in our pads—and a lot of us don’t have the space or time to give them the kind of home they deserve. Thankfully there’s an easy, stress-free way to spend quality time with a canine—namely, taking one out for a walk at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition. All you have to do is show up with an ID, and you’re free to take a romp on the town with a very excited pooch—and bring it home if you fall in love. 253 Wythe Ave (718-486-7489,



Have two spare hours a week? Bideawee is in need of folks who will clean, care for and work out with animals available for adoption. 410 E 38th St (866-262-8133,

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition

At this Williamsburg shelter, volunteering can be a onetime occurrence or a regular activity; the time commitment is completely up to you. Simply drop by with a photo ID during designated volunteer hours (dog walking 9:30am–12:30pm daily, 5:30–7:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu; cat care noon–5pm Tue–Sat), fill out a form, and you’re ready to work. Dog walking is the most in-demand activity, but the group also needs help with brushing, petting and socializing with kitties in the Cat Loft. 253 Wythe Ave at North 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7489,


Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Through this nonprofit, find opportunities to give your time to more than 150 animal welfare agencies across the five boroughs. 244 Fifth Ave, suite R290 (212-252-2350,

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