A Complete List Of Animal Shelters In NYC

Want to adopt a dog in NYC? Skip the pet store and head to one of these animal shelters in NYC. Here's where to adopt a dog near you in New York City. 

Want to adopt a dog in NYC? Great idea! Adopting a dog is incredibly gratifying. You’re saving a life, and making space for another pet to be saved. 

So where should you go to adopt a dog in New York City?

The majority of animal rescues in New York work exclusively through foster homes, meaning they don’t have a single, physical location. Foster-based rescues rely on adoption events for you to meet their dogs.

But, there are also animal shelters where you can meet dogs in person to see if there’s a connection. These kinds of shelters are open throughout the week, and allow visitors. 

Visiting an animal shelter has its perks: you can meet in person before committing and speak to adoption coordinators about what type of dog best fits your lifestyle. It’s a great way to find a good match for you. Plus, you’ll be saving both lives and money, since adopted dogs come vaccinated, spayed and with a host of other incentives. 

So skip the pet store and head to one of these animal shelters in NYC. 

Here’s where to adopt a dog near you in New York City. 

Are you looking for dog adoption events near you? Check out our list of Dog Events in NYC.  

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Manhattan // Brooklyn // Staten Island

Want to adopt a dog in NYC? Skip the pet store and head to one of these animal shelters in NYC. Here's where to adopt a dog near you in New York City. 
Please note that an $8.50 dog license fee applies in New York City. If it’s included in the adoption, it should be noted in the Adoption Package.

Manhattan

Want to adopt a dog or cat in Manhattan? Check out one of these places.

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

The ACC provides animal care and control services for the entire city of New York – all five boroughs. 

Adoption Hours: Mon-Fri: 12-8pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm

Adoption Fees:
6 months and under: $250.00
7 months and over: $75.00
Small dogs (under 20 lbs.), 7 months and over: $150.00

Adoption Package includes:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • Initial wellness vaccinations
  • Certificate for a free exam at a participating veterinarian practice
  • Pre-registered microchip
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Dog License
  • Heartworm Test

Location: 326 East 110th Street (between 1st and 2nd Aves.)

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Animal Haven

Founded in 1967, Animal Haven is a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter in Manhattan. They accept only animals with no history of aggression or biting. 

Adoption Hours: 12 PM – 7 PM Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Adoption Fees: 

  • $295 per dog over 1 year (includes collar and leash)
  • $395 per puppy 4 months to 1 year old (includes collar and leash)
  • $450 per puppy under 4 months old (includes collar and leash)

Adoption Package includes: spay/neuter, core vaccines and microchip.

Location: 200 Centre Street

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ASPCA (The ASPCA Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center)

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America. Today, it’s one of the largest in the world. You can adopt animals on the same day, just be sure to arrive at least two hours before closing. 

Adoption Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Adoption Fees: $75 to $250** (smaller and younger dogs have higher adoption fees**)

Adoption Package includes: 

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Up-to-date vaccinations
  • Registered microchip
  • Heartworm testing
  • Collar with personalized identification tag.

Location: 424 E. 92nd St. (between 1st and York Avenues)

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Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is on a mission to make New York no-kill permanently. Their motto is “Save Them All.” 

Adoption Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

Adoption Fees: 

Dogs less than six months old: $350
Dogs six months and older: $250

Adoption Package includes: 

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter

Location: 307 West Broadway 

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Bidawee

Bidawee has been a leading no-kill pet welfare organization serving New York and Long Island for over 115 years. 

Adoption Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm, Closed Mondays. 

Adoption Fees: 

  • Puppies under 6 months: $350
  • Small breed adult dogs less than 20 pounds: $200
  • All other adult dogs: $150

Adoption Package includes: 

  • Spay/neuter
  • Rabies vaccine
  • NYC License (if you are a resident of NYC and adopt from NYC Site)
  • Distemper/Parvo vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • Microchipping (plus registration)
  • Detailed adoption packet with tips on a successful adoption
  • Bideawee collar tag
  • One free group or one-on-one training session with Bideawee’s Training and Enrichment Coordinator within 90 days of adoption.

Location: 410 East 38th Street

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The Humane Society of New York 

The Humane Society of New York has been helping animals in New York for over 100 years. Founded in 1904, they help more than 38,000 dogs and cats annually.

Adoption Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:30AM – 4:00PM and Saturdays 10:30AM – 4:00PM by appointment only (call ahead to schedule)

Adoption Fees: Unknown. 

Adoption Package includes: 

  • FREE Vet care for the first three weeks after adoption
  • Spay/neuter

Location: 306 East 59th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues.

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Brooklyn

Want to adopt a dog or cat in Brooklyn? Check out one of these places. 

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Adoption Hours: Mon-Fri: 12-8pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm

Adoption Fees: for dogs and puppies, fees are below. 
6 months and under: $250.00
7 months and over: $75.00
Small dogs (under 20 lbs.), 7 months and over: $150.00

Adoption Package includes:

  • Spaying or neutering 
  • Initial wellness vaccinations
  • Certificate for a free exam at a participating veterinarian practice
  • Pre-registered microchip
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Dog License
  • Heartworm Test

Location: 2336 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)

This privately run no-kill shelter is a safe haven for homeless animals. They opened their doors in 1987, and are located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

Adoption Hours:  Tues – Sat: 12PM – 4PM

Adoption Fees: $250 

Adoption Package includes: Spay/neuter

Location: 86 N 1st St

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Sean Casey Animal Rescue

This non-profit, no-kill animal shelter specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of not only dogs and cats, but also reptiles, birds and small mammals.

Adoption Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Adoption Fees: $300.00

Adoption Package includes: 

  • Spayed/neutered
  • Dewormed
  • Treated to prevent fleas & ticks
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations
  • One free exam at their vet’s office
  • One free month of pet health insurance
  • Microchip

Location: 153 East 3rd Street

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Staten Island

Want to adopt a dog or cat in Staten Island? Check out one of these places.

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Adoption Hours: Mon-Fri: 12-8pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm

Adoption Fees: for dogs and puppies, fees are below. 
6 months and under: $250.00
7 months and over: $75.00
Small dogs (under 20 lbs.), 7 months and over: $150.00

Adoption Package includes:

  • Spaying or neutering 
  • Initial wellness vaccinations
  • Certificate for a free exam at a participating veterinarian practice
  • Pre-registered microchip
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Dog License
  • Heartworm Test

Location: 3139 Veterans Road West, Staten Island

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