Do you need a list of the best dog shelters in NYC? Below we’ve featured 7 and have summarized their activities.
1. ASPCA Adoption Center
The ASPCA Adoption Center is located on E 92nd Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, NYC. The ASPCA is a highly regarded dog rescue committed to animal welfare across the country. Many homeless, abandoned, or abused animals end up in this organization’s care – there are dogs of many breeds, ages, and sizes looking for loving new homes.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog from the ASPCA Adoption Center, you can view adoptable dogs here. If you think you’ve found your new family member, complete a dog adoption survey online and you’ll soon hear back from an ASPCA matchmaker. If you’re interested in contributing to this long established dog shelter, you can make a donation here.
2. Animal Care Centers of NYC – Manhattan
Animal Care Centers of NYC is a citywide network of shelters providing care and support for homeless animals throughout NYC. The Manhattan shelter is located on E 110th St. The shelter offers a number of services – lost pets can be reclaimed, unclaimed pets can be adopted into new homes, and resources are provided to help families keep pets in their homes.
The Manhattan branch of the Animal Care Center of NYC always has a great range of pets available, whether you are looking for a dog, cat, rabbit, or other animal. They also work with other organizations to facilitate the adoption of animals further afield. View adoptable dogs here, or donate to the Animal Care Centers of NYC here.
3. BARC Shelter
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) Shelter is a dedicated no-kill, non-profit animal shelter located in Brooklyn, NYC. The shelter has been operating since 1987 and has been responsible for housing and re-homing countless animals in need across NYC. When in the care of the team at BARC Shelter, dogs receive medical attention, human interaction, and quality dog food.
If you’re interested in adopting, browse the available dogs here and submit an application. The adoption fee for dogs is $250, and you will also need two references and ID showing you are at least 21 years of age. If you’re not ready to adopt, you can sponsor an animal or make a donation to BARC Shelter here.
4. Best Friends Lifesaving Center
Best Friends Lifesaving Center is a NYC-based shelter run by Best Friends Animal Society, a nationwide organization committed to saving the lives of homeless pets across the country. The Best Friends Lifesaving Center is situated in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC, and contains animals available for adoption as well as interactive displays explaining issues relating to pet overpopulation.
If you’re interested in adopting from Best Friends Lifesaving Center, you can view their available dogs (and cats) here. If any of the canines catch your eye, complete a dog adoption survey online and wait for an adoption counselor to contact you for a meet-and-greet with the dog you’re interested in. Dogs under six months of age cost $350 to adopt, while dogs over six months cost $250. You can also donate to Best Friends here.
5. Animal Care Centers of NYC – Staten Island
The Staten Island branch of Animal Care Centers of NYC is located on Veterans Road West. As with the other Animal Care Center branches, the Staten Island branch houses lost or abandoned pets until they can be reunited with their families or adopted into new loving homes.
Adoption fees are $250 for dogs under six months of age, or $75 for those over six months. Small dogs over six months of age are available for $150. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, a collar, and one free veterinary examination at a participating location. Available dogs can be viewed here, and donations to Animal Care Centers of NYC can be made here.
6. Animal Haven
Animal Haven is a non-profit animal shelter that works to reunite or re-home abandoned or lost dogs and cats across New York City. What’s more, they also offer behavioral training for dogs in their care when necessary to improve their chances of being adopted. The organization was founded in 1967 and their shelter is located in Manhattan’s SoHo region.
Adoption fees are $450 for puppies under four months of age, $395 for puppies under one year of age, and $295 for dogs over one year old. Adoption fees cover spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, plus a collar and a leash. Available dogs can be viewed here, or you can visit this page to donate to Animal Haven.
7. The Humane Society of New York
The Humane Society of New York has been operating since 1904 and has spent the last 100+ years caring for homeless, injured, ill, or abandoned animals across NYC. The organization has grown extensively in the last century – today its animal hospital and adoption center helps more than 38,000 cats and dogs each year.
Prior to being listed for adoption, all dogs are microchipped and spayed/neutered. Dogs are also evaluated and trained (if necessary) by an animal behaviorist, and new owners are provided with ongoing assistance after they adopt a dog. View the available dogs here, or donate to the Humane Society of New York here.
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