If you’re thinking about getting a new pet(or a first one), consider adopting one! According to the ASPCA, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats) each year. When you adopt a pet you’ll be saving an animal and giving them a forever home, a feeling that is priceless.

Here are 5 New York City based animal rescue organizations to consider:

Animal Care Centers of NYC

With a few locations around the city, the Animal Care Centers of NYC offers an adoption package that includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, a certificate for a free exam, an embedded pre-registered microchip in case your pet ever gets lost, and a collar. Dogs adoptions also include a leash, dog license and a heartworm test. For cat adoptions you will also receive FELV/FIV testing and a cardboard cat carrier. The ACC of NYC also has bunnies waiting for homes!

ASPCA Adoption Center

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City (424 E 92nd St), the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend its anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization.

Muddy Paws Rescue

The mission of Muddy Paws Rescue is to build and support a thriving community of dog-loving humans dedicated to ending unnecessary euthanasia of companion dogs. They hope to achieve this goal through shared learning and education, direct lifesaving, and continuous innovation.

Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition

BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals and to find permanent loving homes for them. They provide them with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve.


Finding loving homes for rescued animals since 1903. Bideawee’s mission is to create and strengthen the human-animal bond through best-in-class lifesaving and compassionate care for pets and the people who love them. Bideawee’s founder Mrs. Flora D’Auby Jenkins Kibbe transplanted this idea of a “no Kill” shelter to New York City and by the end of 1903, she was operating a similar program out of a small building near her home in Manhattan. She called it Bide-A-Wee Home Association.