October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. If you’re looking to add a new member to your family or become a first time pet parent, there’s no better time to search for a dog to adopt. Check out these New York City shelters to find the right four-legged friend for you. By Sarah Shaker.
Since founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere, the ASPCA has been known for their hard work in an effort to prevent cruelty to animals. With a corporate office based in NYC, this national nonprofit has a well-known Manhattan shelter housing dogs and cats for adoption on the Upper East Side, until they find a loving home. ASPCA staff and volunteers invite you to visit and play at their clean, spacious and welcoming facility to find the perfect furry family member to welcome into your home.
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)
In Williamsburg, BARC works to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals while finding them permanent loving homes. Their staff and volunteers provide the dogs and cats in their care with quality food, shelter, medical attention and love. BARC is a 501c3 not-for-profit, no-kill, privately run animal shelter in Brooklyn. Since opening in 1987, they’ve been able to provide care through volunteers, a pet supply business and private donations from pet loving neighbors.
Social Tees Animal Rescue
Founded in 1991 by Robert Shapiro, Social Tees Animal Rescue in the East Village is a not-for-profit, strictly no-kill 501c3 organization that takes abandoned animals from kill shelters and provides them with a safe haven and veterinary care until they are placed in proper homes. S.T.A.R. is always looking for foster parents, so if you’d like to welcome a pet into your home for short term love and care, visit their tiny shop on East 5th Street to learn more. S.T.A.R. is also known for its “Underdogs and Undercats” program, through which they find homes for many amputees and blind, elderly and injured animals.
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is an all volunteer network of rescuers, foster families and volunteers who work together to rehabilitate and find homes for adoptable dogs they’ve rescued in the rural south. When the lovable dogs arrive in NYC, Badass Brooklyn puts them into foster homes, rather than a physical shelter, where the dogs get training and experience living in a home environment. The adoption process includes three personal references, a vet reference and a home visit. All of the dogs are cared for and properly vetted, including spay/neuter and vaccines.
Located in downtown Manhattan, Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization finding homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area. To improve the changes of adoption, Animal Haven provides behavior intervention when needed. Founded in 1967, Animal Haven also provides programs that enhance the bond between animals and people. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip and license. Animal Haven is also known for their Caring Kids Program, introducing children and teens to basic animal care and informs them about existing issues in animal welfare.
The Humane Society of New York
The Humane Society of New York was founded in 1904 to protect the city’s horses against abuse before expanding to include a free medical clinic and a small adoption center for cats and dogs. Today their hospital and adoption center help more than 36,000 dogs and cats annually, lending a hand when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. You can visit their adoption center 7 days a week to find the right pet for your home.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.