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(Photo by Stephanie Norris, ASPCA)

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Legal Resources for People with Pets

As a New York City pet owner, it's important to know about your legal rights and responsibilities.

Animal Cruelty

Prosecuting Animal Fighting and Live Animal Cruelty Depictions: Legal Issues Under New York and Federal Law

by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Estate Planning

How to Ensure Your Dog's Care After Your Death

by Harold Reynolds,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Planning for Fido and Fluffy

by Margaret Carrozza,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can I Put Pets in My Will?

by Petside

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Animal lovers set up pet trusts to ensure furry friends are provided for

by Phyllis Furman, New York Daily News

Monday, March 14, 2011


Providing For Your Pets In The Event of Your Death or Hospitalization

by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

A Warm Lap and a Matter of Trust

by Robert Ronning, The DesertLeaf (April 2009)

Housing Issues

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals provides free tenant advocacy for people with pet-related landlord issues. If your landlord is telling you to remove your pet, please call (347) 938-7692 or email

No Pets Allowed: Housing Issues and Companion Animals

by Rebecca J. Huss, Esq., Animal Law, Vol. 11:69 2005

Companion Animals in NYC Apartments – 2009 Edition

by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

So you want to keep a pet, but your lease has a "No Pet" Clause

by Karen Copeland, Esq.


Housing Maintenance Code: Rights and Responsibilities of Owners and Tenants in Relation to Pets

by New York City Rent Guidelines Board

Keeping a Best Friend, Over a Co-op's Objections

by Isolde Raftery, The New York Times

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Dog Owning Tenants' Rights

Legal Assistance with Housing Issues

If you are having problems with your landlord about your pet and need legal assistance, please contact one or more of the following legal providers and services to see if they can assist you:

Legal Action for Animals

Phone: (718) 544-0605

Amy L. Chaitoff, Esq.

Phone: (631) 265-0155

Peggy Collen, Esq.

Peggy Collen, Attorney-at-Law

Phone: (212) 859-5092


Karen Copeland, Esq.

Phone: (212) 560-7154

Haley Greenberg, Esq.

Greenberg & Merola

Phone: (212) 593-6111

Darryl Vernon, Esq.

Vernon & Ginsburg

Phone: (212) 949-7300 x201

SHIELD Hotline

Sponsored by the NYC Bar Association, the SHIELD (Self-Help Information, Education and Legal Defense) hotline connects income-qualified callers with a staff of knowledgeable referral counselors, who are attorneys and paralegals. SHIELD counselors will give free legal advice on a wide range of subjects, including landlord-tenant issues.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Phone: (212) 626-7383

New York City Civil Court: Commercial Landlord and Tenant Cases

For eviction and other housing court issues, there are pro bono centers in the civil courts in each borough. The lawyers there are very good and can steer you in the right direction in terms of housing court law.

Bronx County

1118 Grand Concourse, Bronx

Phone: (718) 466-3020

Kings County

141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

Phone: (718) 643-7528 or (718) 643-7529

New York County

111 Centre Street, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 791-6000


Queens County

89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, Queens

Phone: (718) 262-7100

Richmond County

927 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island

Phone: (212) 791-6000


Service Animals

Access Rights of People with Disabilities and Their Service Animals

by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Other Legal Topics

Bringing Rex Home: A Veterinarian/Boarding Kennel's Right to Hold Your Pet Because of an Unpaid Bill in New York

by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York


A Dog's Bark Is Better Than Litigation's Bite

by Veronica Dagher, The Wall Street Journal

Monday, April 30, 2012