5 Local Spots To Adopt Your Next Furry Friend

Walking the streets of New York, it’s no secret that New Yorkers absolutely adore their pups…often times more than their human counterparts!  We at UsedYorkCity are HUGE advocates of making adoption your first option when it comes to taking in a furry friend, and are so excited to share with you some amazing adoption spots in the city to check out in addition to the well-known ASPCA, Humane Society, and Animal Care and Control.


Photo Credit: http://avoice4animals.blogspot.com


1. Dogs are a great option to consider when looking for a new best friend. Pocket Pooches NYC is located at 748 9th Avenue in New York and offers a variety of puppies and dogs looking for a home. It is the first pet store to convert to an all adoption pet resources center. Pocket Pooches can provide multiple services including grooming, gentle and positive training, and a handle on all pet care.


To Adopt Dream, Visit: http://www.aspca.org/Aspca-nyc/adoptable-dogs/dream-a19770121


2. Cat lovers can contact the Feline Rescue of Staten Island. They’re special T.N.R. (Trap, Neuter, Return) process is a way to help keep cats from over-populating in this area. They rescue feral, stray and surrendered cats. All cats are seen by a vet, tested for common diseases and given full vaccinations as needed. The Feline Rescue offers their cats all the love and special attention they require until they are placed in a new home.

3. The Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) at 253 Wythe Avenue takes a more personal approach to animal care. Their staff and volunteers take the time to get to know all the animals before giving them to a new family. The animals adopted here come with a full history report including personality traits and information about their previous owners. These animals are catered to according to their own habits and social skills. BARC relies on their volunteers who help with dog walking, cat brushing, and overall animal socialization.


To Adopt Vampiro, Visit: http://www.aspca.org/Aspca-nyc/adoptable-dogs/vampiro-a18923632


4. The Sean Casey Animal Rescue is found on East 3rd street in Brooklyn where they not only rescue cats and dogs but also reptiles, fish, and different exotic animals. These animals are found in specific and special situations. Sometimes their owners leave them behind after an eviction, or they’ve been surrendered when their owners can’t take care of them anymore. Since they don’t discriminate against any species, the Sean Casey Animal Rescue is one of the busiest shelters in the NYC area, placing almost 2,000 animals in new homes each year. 

5. Bobbi and the Strays are dedicated to saving the lives of all cats and dogs in the NYC area. Roberta “Bobbi” Giordano established Bobbi and the Strays in 1998 and has dedicated her time to saving stray dogs and cats from the streets and even animals on “death row” at kill shelters. All animals are seen by a vet and given the proper medical attention they need to survive until the right family comes to save them. With adoption centers in both Queens and Long Island, Bobbi and the Strays are a no-kill animal shelter with a return policy on all adoptions; their goal is to find permanent homes for all animals. 


To Adopt Bam Bam, Visit: http://www.aspca.org/Aspca-nyc/adoptable-dogs/bam-bam-a03811578


Before heading to one of these spots and falling head over heels in love, it’s important to remember the long term commitment you’re entering into.  Make sure to take a long look at your twenty year plan and make sure that a furry friend fits into your lifestyle…a forever, loving home is the goal of all adoptions.


Have you adopted from a NYC shelter?  Share your story below!


By: Denise Pina




  • Hi Jess, thanks for this list. We’re actually thinking about adopting a dog someitime in the near future. This list of places will definitely come handy. I will forward this link to friends who are planning to adopt dogs soon.

    • Used York City says:

      Awesome, we’re so happy you found it useful! And can’t wait to hear about your future adoption!;-)

  • Ycarol says:

    A lot of those Angels need love!! Use this information to help those cuties in need of a warm and loving home.
    Great Job to the writter♥♥♥

  • In London the main place is Battersea Dog and Cats Homes. Lovely pics – we’ve all fallen for the pups!!!

  • What a great post for those who want to adopt and have a pet in their homes. I have taken several times puppies, but not in NY, since I am far away … regards

  • Wonderful article, Denise. And that little Vampiro–bet those ears have a few stories.

    We got our second Siberian Husky from the Humane Society, and he is the sweetest boy imaginable. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing animals in shelters. Thankfully there’s a lot of good people who volunteer their time and energy to bring some joy and comfort.

    Sending positive vibes that these guys find loving homes.

    • Used York City says:

      Ahh, totally agree. It’s one of my favorite charities to volunteer for…so many special bundles of love!

  • You WOULD advertise the tiny cute ones instead of the frightening ferocious ones. :)

    • Used York City says:

      Ha! Don’t get me wrong, the Pits need loving homes too! I just know most New Yorkers have limited apartment space;-)

  • memographer says:

    Hopefully your info will help many of these cute guys. Good luck to them! and thanks for sharing!

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