by Kimberly Rae Miller

If you’re looking for a little furry friend to share your life and apartment, it’s important to know where to look.  New York is full of amazing shelters that truly care about placing pets in loving homes.  They’ll even take care of the testing, and spay and neutering for you.

Photo Credit: Humane Society of New York

Humane Society of New York

306 E 59th St., New York, NY 10022
(212) 752-4840

The Humane Society of New York: This New York institution has been serving New York’s animal population since 1904.  In addition to adoption, the Humane Society offers training, discounted veterinary services for pets, and microchipping.

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KittyKind, Inc

Petco Union Square
860 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
(212) 726-2652

This no-kill cat-centric shelter is diligent about making sure their kitties are well taken care of.  They screen everyone that comes there way to make sure cats are well taken care of, they even follow up with you post adoption to ensure both cat and cat-lover are happy and properly matched.   If you’re mismatched, they will take the cat back no questions asked.  These are people that really love cats!

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Barc (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition)

253 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-7489

This Brooklyn shelter is a safe-haven for homeless and abandoned animals.  The little guys that live there, are in no danger of being put to sleep.  They receive medical attention, food, and all the attention the steady stream of volunteers can lavish upon them.

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Social Tees

125 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653

This very special shelter adopts at-risk pets from kill-shelters and gives them a home to feel safe until they can find a home with a loving family.  Critters inside are all spayed/neutered, tested, vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead, de-mited, and microchipped.  For those willing to open up their homes to pets with physical limitations, Social Tees has a special place in its heart for the blind and injured of the animal community.  For those in search of a pet that is less than furry, Social Tees takes in lizards and snakes as well.

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410 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-4455

The animals at Bideawee are loved, and they want you to love them too.  This animal welfare center not only works as a shelter, but it is fully staffed with veterinarians for post adoption treatment, and behavioral specialists that will help you train your new family member to sit, stay, and roll over.  Clean, up to date, and full of love for the four-legged.  All adult animals are spayed or neutered before they can be put up for adoption, if you adopt a kitten or puppy, you can bring them back at any time for free spaying and neutering.  Browse online before you stop by to see who is up for adoption, their website is updated regularly.

The stars of the Great White Way converged on Manhattan’s theater district for the 12th annual Broadway Barks , a major animal adoption event in the famed Shubert Alley on July 12th.

Celebrities including Sean Hayes, Richard Thomas, Tony Shaloub and Cheyenne Jackson took the stage to showcase animals from dozens of metro area rescue organizations, including Animal Haven, Cascade Beagle Rescue, Long Island Greyhound Transfer, Kitty Kind and others.

1010WINS News Anchor Susan Richard was there too and has this special report in the latest edition of All For Animals: