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.

Child with adoptable cat from animal shelter
Photo by Carol Zytnik

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:

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


The Boxer Rescue

Bull Terrier Rescue New Jersey

Bullmastiff Rescuers, Inc.

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

Cascade Beagle Rescue

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

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

Pibbles & More Animal Rescue

Posh Pets Rescue

Rawhide Rescue

Remember Me Rescue NY

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 Westchester

Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter/The Shelter Connection

Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

Treasured k9s

Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue

Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue

Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue

Yonkers Animal Shelter