New York Animal Adoption Guide: How To Adopt A New Family Pet

February 24, 2012 6:00 AM

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Adopting a pet these days is as easy as click, click, pick. In an effort to ensure that these pets find loving, forever homes, all of the adoption centers profiled below have comprehensive websites that allow potential pet parents to browse for furry friends. They also have mobile vans that travel throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. In addition to adoption, they provide pet services, including spaying, neutering and veterinary care.

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Price: $175 puppies up to 6 mos/ $100 kittens up to 6 mos

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check website for holiday hours.A quick peek at North Shore Animal League’s website quickly affirms why the organization is considered the gold standard for pet adoption. With so many adorable friends to see and learn about, the toughest part is deciding which little guy will be best for you and your family. North Shore’s convenient hours and wonderful staff make a visit there a trip worth taking. No worries if the trip seems too far: The organization holds so many adoption events its mobile van is bound to be in your neighborhood (or at least close by) soon. Check out its website for more information.

New York Animal Care & Control (AC&C)

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Price: sliding scale
Hours: shelter – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m./adoption – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(Closed holidays)

Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 E. 110th St.(between 1st and 2nd avenues)
New York, NY 10029
(212) 788-4000

Brooklyn Animal Care Center
2336 Linden Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
(718) 272-7200

Staten Island Animal Center
3139 Veteran Rd. West
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 967-3256

AC and C is the largest pet organization in the northeast. Its three full-service adoption centers ensure an easy and exciting opportunity for perspective pet owners to take the time to find the right pet. With a huge variety of dogs and cats in all colors, sizes and breeds, you are promised a perfect match when you pick your newest family member.

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Price: $75-$200 Dogs/$125 Kittens
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since its official formation in 1866 the ASPCA has been recognized as an organization dedicated to the protection and care of New York City’s animals. Keeping in this spirit, your adoption fee includes 14 days of free veterinary care at the ASPC’s state-of-the art Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, as well as a leash and collar, or carrier for your new cuddly creature. The ASPCA also provides you with lots of information to guarantee you become an educated owner in no time. If you can’t find the pet of your dreams at its adoption center, log on to its website to check out its national registry of pets around the country.

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Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Price: $350 dogs/$175 cats
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the greater New York area. Its downtown adoption center offers a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet your future family member, and your adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, vaccines, microchips and licenses. In this way, it stays true to its mission of preventing abandoned or homeless animals. In addition to adoption services, be sure to check out its space-rental options, a great way to help your best friend get the exercise and play time he or she thrives on, even when the weather isn’t great.

Dr. Jennifer Powell-Lunder is a freelance writer in New York. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Her work can be found here

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