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Animal Shelters & Rescue Groups in the NYC Area

New York City area animal shelters and rescue groups take in dogs and cats (and some take in other animals, such as rabbits, exotics, and birds) from the public, and/or pull animals from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) as New Hope Partners. Each organization has an active adoption program to find homes for the animals in their care. Some of these organizations also have spay/neuter programs, and some help stem the overpopulation of stray and feral community cats in NYC through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs.

Bear in mind that each rescue group and shelter has its own adoption process, procedures, and adoption fees which are determined entirely by the individual organization. A good first step is to visit the websites of these organizations. Many of these sites include information about the group's adoption process, as well as contact information and adoption applications.

Animal shelters and rescue groups serving the five boroughs and greater NYC area include:


Bronx Tails Cat Rescue

Foster Dogs


The Poor Animals of St. Francis



AMA Animal Rescue

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Beastly Rescue

Brooklyn Animal Action

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

Ferals in Peril

Foster Dogs


Good Home Pet Adoptions

Hearts & Bones Rescue


Red Hook Dog Rescue

Rescue City

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Tavi & Friends



2000 Spays and Neuters

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Animal Haven

Anjellicle Cats Rescue


Best Friends Animal Society


Bunnies and Beyond

City Critters, Inc.

East Coast Beagle Rescue

Eve's Sanctuary

Foster Dogs

Frankie's Feline Fund

Hearts & Bones Rescue

The Humane Society of New York


Kitten Little Rescue


Louis Animal Foundation

Metropolitan Maltese Rescue (MetroMalts)

Mighty Mutts & Ollie's Place


Mr. Bones & Co.

Muddy Paws Rescue

New York City Animal Rescue Girls

NYC Shiba Rescue

NY PET-I-CARE Adoption Program

Place for Cats

Posh Pets Rescue

Pound Hounds Res-Q

PupStarz Rescue

Rabbit Rescue & Rehab/NYC Metro Rabbit

Ready for Rescue

Rebound Hounds

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

Social Tees Animal Rescue

Stray from the Heart

The Good Life Dog Rescue

Urban Cat League

Waggytail Rescue

Waldo's Rescue Pen

Woof Dog Rescue

Zani's Furry Friends



Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue

All About Spay Neuter

Bobbi and the Strays

For Animals Inc.

For Our Friends

Foster Dogs

Friendly Ferals

Give Me Shelter Project

Le Cats on the Water


Linda's Cat Assistance

Linus & Friends, Inc

Loving Touch

NY Cat Warriors

Pibbles & More Animal Rescue

Puppy Kitty NY City

Second Chance Rescue

SaveKitty Foundation

Unwanted NYC Pets


Staten Island

Anarchy Animal Rescue

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Feline Rescue of Staten Island

Foster Dogs


Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue

Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare

Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue


Outside the Five Boroughs

Adopt A Boxer Rescue


All About Spay Neuter

Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption

American Bulldog Rescue

American Maltese Association Rescue


Animal Rescue Force

Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF)

Animals Can't Talk Rescue and Adoption (ACT)

Animal Welfare Society, Inc.

BeFreegle Foundation

Best Bullies


Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue

The Boxer Rescue

Bull Terrier Rescue New Jersey

Bullmastiff Rescuers, Inc.

Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts of Dutchess County (CARE of DC)

Cascade Beagle Rescue - East

Cat Assistance

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New Jersey

Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services

Ferret Association of Connecticut

Forgotten Friends of Long Island

For the Love of Dog

Friends of Rescued Mastiffs

German Shepherd Rescue of New York

German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania

German Shorthaired Pointer Club Rescue Program

Glen Highland Farm Border Collie Rescue

Glen Wild Animal Rescue / Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers

Grateful Greyhounds

Green Mountain Pug Rescue

GRROWLS (Golden Retriever Rescue Operated With Love Statewide)

Happy Homes Animal Rescue

Heart and Soul Animal Rescue of Long Island

HEART Rescue Group

Humane Society of Westchester


Husky House

Internet Miniature Pinscher Service (IMPS)

Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation

Kodi's Club



Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Long Beach Humane Society

Long Island Bulldog Rescue

Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue

Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Mountain Rottie Rescue of New York

New England Border Collie Rescue

New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue

New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network

Northeast Avian Rescue

North Fork Animal Welfare League

North Shore Animal League America

Orphaned Pets, Inc.

The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation

Peppertree Rescue

Pet Adoption League of NY / A Chow Rescue

Posh Pets Rescue

Rawhide Rescue

RSVP Animal Welfare & Rescue Group

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center

Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York Rescue

Shelter Survivors

Siberian Husky Rescue

Small Paws Rescue

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

SPCA of Westchester

Treasured k9s

Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue

Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue

Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue