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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 17:41 - Last Updated Monday, 11 June 2012 15:46

Adopting a shelter dog is often one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life. These
animals did not ask to be abandoned and they are desperate for a loving home. The gratitude
and love they show their “saviors” is well worth the time and energy you spent adopting them.
The shelter is a lonely and scary place for a dog to be and it breaks my heart to see their sad
dejected faces looking out between the bars.

All dogs on the Urgent site are available for adoption, unless they are too sick/injured (listed as
rescue only) or they are rated “severe”. It does not matter if they are on the euth list, you
can still adopt
!. If they are “rescue only”, only an approved rescue will be able to take the dog from the shelter
but you may still be able to foster for them while the dog recovers.

If you decide to adopt, there are several ways to go about it.


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The easiest and best way to adopt a NYC shelter dog is to go to the shelter and adopt direct.
The shelter
adopt to out of state people, as long as they show up in person.
They DO NOT do adoptions over the phone and will not release the dog to anyone but
the adopter
(you can not send someone else in to adopt for you).
People have driven to the shelter from Canada to adopt.
It really is the best way to do it.

The shelter is open 7 days a week. The adoption center is open from 12pm to 7pm, every day
(you must be there by 6:30PM to adopt that day).

To adopt an animal you must have a valid photo ID, be 18 year of age or older, proof of current
address and, if you rent, your landlord's contact information. If you have children living in your
home, they must come to the care center and be a part of the adoption process. If you already
have a dog in your home and you are adopting another dog, you must also bring your pet to the
care center. Keep in mind, you may not be able to leave with the dog that day. Sometimes, the
dog will need to be spayed/neutered first, or be signed off by a vet.
I do know that they will try to accommodate out of state adopters as best they can.

If a dog has Kennel Cough, it will not be able to have spay/neuter surgery before it leaves, so
you will need to leave a $100 deposit. That deposit WILL be refunded as soon as you show
proof that it was done.                                       If you pay by credit card, the
refund will go back on your card.                                                               If
you paid with cash, they will send a check.
I was told that credit card refunds are much faster so you may want to keep that in mind.

Adoption fees vary, please contact shelter for fees on specific dogs

Fees include pre-adoption medical care and vaccines, deworming, spay/neutering and one free
visit. If you live in New York City, please add $8.50 to the above fee for your new dog.

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Again, please add $100 IF the dog is not spayed/neutered.

***A NOTE ON KENNEL COUGH*** - Most dogs that leave the shelter do have kennel cough. T
his is not something to fear and it should not deter you from adopting.
Most times, kennel cough is just a “cold” and it will clear up within 10 days.
The shelter will give you antibiotics when they release the dog to you.
While it is contagious, most people avoid the spread, of this upper resp infection, by keeping
their dogs separated for the first few days.
Many report that even with minimal contact, their current healthy dogs did not catch it.
Unless you have
young (puppies) or old dogs, it should not develop past a “cold” and is not a reason to NOT


If you are not local, the adoption process becomes a bit more complicated but not impossible.
The first thing to ask yourself: “does my city have Breed Specific Legislation” (ban on certain
breeds).                                                                               Please
look into this.
The last thing anyone wants is to send a dog somewhere just to have it confiscated and killed.
Do your homework!
A good place to start is:

There are many rescues that pull from the NYC ACC. While there is not a published complete
list of New Hope Partners (rescues that can pull), the Mayor’s Alliance does keep a partial list.
It can be found here:

Before we go any further, I just want to add my opinion. If you are within a few hours from the
shelter, you are not “long distance”.                                                         Ple
ase take a day and drive to the shelter.
It is always better to meet the dog you are going to have in your home and make sure that it is a
good fit.

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All too often, a dog arrives at it’s new “forever home”, yet is asked to leave the next day
because it was “too big”, “too hyper”, “not perfect”.
Do not let that happen.
A few hours of your time is worth the endless love you will get in return!

I advise everyone that wants to adopt, to start calling around to the rescues BEFORE you
decide on a dog. Talk to them, fill out their application, and see what their requirements are. Fin
d out if they would be willing to work with you.
Many require a home visit and will need you to reach out to rescues in your area to assist.
Do not expect the rescue to do the work.
I can guarantee that if you call them, supply all your info (vet reference too) and give them a
rescue that will vouch for you (and do a home visit), they will be more open to helping you.
It is also advisable to have a back up plan.
What will you do if the dog can not stay?
Again, the best thing to do is find a local rescue that will work with you and assist if needed.
This will make the NY rescue much more comfortable with sending a dog far away.

You will also need to look into transport and boarding (the dogs must leave the shelter within a
day or two and since many have kennel cough, they cannot get the required health certificate to
travel across state lines). Again, this is not the rescues job… there are boarding facilities in NY
that will take dogs from the ACC.                             Call and see if they have room
(Bronx Boarding Facility:                                                                 http://ww
and PA Boarding Facility: Arberdeen Kennels 610) 754-7731).
Contact transport groups and see if they service your area.
**Do not ask strangers on facebook to foster for you.
Would you send your kid to a “facebook friend’s” house for an extended visit??
Unless you know someone OFF of facebook, you never really know them!**

Once you have been approved by a rescue, have boarding and transport set up, THEN you are
ready to adopt a dog. We try to keep our site updated but in order to get accurate status, you
must call the shelter (or check the ACC’s adoption site:             

Adopting a Dog From The “To Be Destroyed” Album

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If you decide to adopt a dog that is on the “To Be Destroyed” list, you must act fast. Any
dog on the list, can be destroyed the following morning.
We try to post the list every night by 6PM.
You then have 2 hours to call the shelter and advise of your intentions. After 8, you must
either have a rescue call, and place a hold, or YOU MUST CALL THE SHELTER THE NEXT
Do not wait because I guarantee that the shelter will not wait either.
Call early!

When calling the shelters, you will get a recording. Do not leave a message! They do not
check those machines!!
Keep hitting 0 and eventually, someone will pick up.
It may take 30 minutes, but they will answer.
Do not give up, a life is depending on you!

*** If you adopted a pet from AC&C and wish to return due to problems (e.g., behavior, illness,
landlord, etc.) please contact " Pets for Life " at 917-468-2938 before making any final
decisions. Pets for Life may be able to help resolve your problems so that your pet can remain
with your family.                                              You should also contact the local
rescues for assistance as well as post on the Urgent Part2 page.
After the hell they survived, none of us want to ever see a dog go back there.

Good Luck and Thank You For Helping a NYC Death Row Dog!


  Adopt-a-Buddy, Brooklyn, NY Email for foster/adoption
application.                                                      Facebook                   All
 Sentient Beings

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New York, NY (mostly rescues cats, but sometimes pulls dogs)


Adoption application

Foster application

   AmsterDog ,  New York, NY  Deb DiIorio: Facebook              Adoption/Foster application

   Anarchy Animal Rescue , Staten Island, NY                 Facebook

Foster application

  Bobbi and the Strays , Freeport, NY               Facebook     Adoption
Foster application

   Bully Breed Rescue , New Canaan, CT (specialize in Pit Bulls and pit mixes) bbrct@yaho                                                                                 Fac

Adoption information

Foster information

   Forgotten Friends of Long Island , Plainview, NY Facebook               Adoption application    Fos
ter application

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  Four Paws Sake Rescue , NYC Phyllis Taiano:         Foster/Adopti
on applications

   K9Kastle , NYC 
 Mostly rescues small, elderly, or special needs dogs Please email for
foster and adoption info.

  In Our Hands Rescue ,  New York, NY        Facebook   Ad
option application

Foster application

  Long Island Pit Stop Animal Rescue, Huntington Station, New York Longislandpitstop@g                                                                     Email for
adoption/foster info.


 Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue , Bainbridge PA, Cincinnati, NYC  Located in NYC,  PA
and OH                                                                   Contact form

Adoption application

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      Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary, Middletown, NY
 Pets Alive does not accept foster applications, but you can adopt from them, which will open up
a space for another animal in need of rescue from the shelter Adoption



 Pitty Love Rescue
Rochester, NY (serving Rochester, Syracuse, & Buffalo)


Adoption info/ application

Foster application

   Posh Pets , New York, NY  Melissa Nelson: Linda Vetrano: M


Adoption application

Foster application

   Rebound Hounds ResQ , New York, NY Donna Darrell:                   F

Adoption application

Foster application

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   Red Hook Dog Rescue, NYC (specialize in special needs / senior dogs) Harriet Zucker:


    ReeFuge Animal Rescue , Brooklyn, NY Reedu Taha Wood   

   Rescuzilla , New York, NY
 Rescuzilla will not pull dogs for people that are not previously affiliated with their rescue group -
they will only pull shelter dogs that are put directly into their own care (and their foster system).

Foster/Adoption application


    RSVP Inc , Long Island, NY  Small rescue that works mostly to advocate for chained dogs
on LI, but does pull some dogs from NYCAC&C

  Sarah's Second Chance Dog Rescue , Vernon, CT Sue Phelps:
m                                                               Foster/Adoption

 Senior Animal Medical Fund Inc. Altamont, NY 
They can pull senior dogs, as well as help with medical needs                Face

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  Waggin Train Rescue , New York, NY  They specialize in large dogs and German
Shepherds                                        Nanette LaRochelle: nono19320@yah                                                                         Jane


Foster/adoption application

    Zani's Furry Friends , New York, NY         Facebook   Adoptio
n application

Foster application

 This list includes some breed-specific rescues as well as rescues that specialize in
animals other than dogs.     Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Adopt A Boxer
Rescue                                                                          Adopt-A-
Dog                                                                                   All
About Spay Neuter

All Sentient Beings

Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption

American Bulldog Rescue

American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)*

Angela's Felines

Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C)

Animal Center of Queens

Animal Haven*


Animal Rescue Force (ARF)

Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons

Animals Can't Talk (ACT)

Animals Can't Talk Rescue and Adoption (ACT Rescue and Adoption)

Animal Welfare Society

Anjellicle Cats Rescue

A Place for Us

Art for Animals*

A Tail At A Time

Barbara the Cat Lady


Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue

Bobbi and the Strays

Boxer Angels Rescue

Brooklyn Animal Action

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)*

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

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Cascade Beagle Rescue–East

Cat Assistance Inc.

City Critters*

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New Jersey

CSM Stray Foundation (USA) Inc.

Curly Tail Pug Rescue
Crested Guardians Dalmatian Adoption Derrek's Gleeful Rescue Destiny's Pet Project
Doberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue Committee Dog Habitat Rescue Eastern
German Shorthaired Pointer Club Rescue Program

English Bull Terrier Rescue of New York & New Jersey

Eve's Sanctuary

Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption

Feline Rescue Mission

Feline Rescue of Staten Island

Ferals in Peril

First Run Medical & Rescue Fund for Animals

For Animals, Inc.

Forgotten Friends of Long Island

For Our Friends

For the Love of Dog (Rottweilers)

Four Paws Sake NYC

Friendly Ferals

Friends of Rescued Mastiffs

German Shepherd Rescue of Central New York

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German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Brooklyn, NY

Glen Highland Farm/Sweet Border Collie Rescue

Glen Wild Animal Rescue

GRROWLS (Golden Retriever Rescue Operated With Love Statewide)

Gotham City Kitties

Grateful Greyhounds

Green Mountain Pug Rescue

Heart and Hand Society

Heart and Soul Animal Rescue

HEART: Help Every Animal Restore Trust

Heavenly Huskies & Canine Companions

House Rabbit Society

Humane Society of New York*

The Husky House

Internet Miniature Pinscher Service (IMPS)

Italian Greyhound Rescue NYC (IGRNYC)


Kitten Little Rescue


Kodi's Club

Labrador Retriever Rescue - CT


Patricia H. Ladew Foundation

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Le Cats on the Water

Lifeline Animal Rescue

Linda's Feral Cat Assistance

Little Forgotten Friends Rescue

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Long Beach Humane Society

Long Island Bulldog Rescue

Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue

Long Island GreyHound Transfer

Long Island Labrador Retriever Rescue

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue

Louis Animal Foundation

Loving Touch

MetroMalts: Metropolitan Maltese Rescue

Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Mighty Mutts

Miss Rumples for Small Dogs

Mountain Rottie ResQ (MRR) of New York

Neighborhood Cats

New England Border Collie Rescue

New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue

New Rochelle Humane Society

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NJ Schnauzer Rescue Network

Northeastern Boxer Rescue

Northern New England Dog Rescue

North Fork Animal Welfare League

North Shore Animal League America

NYC Shiba Rescue

Only Hope Cat Rescue

Orphaned Pets, Inc.

Paws To Love Adoptions

People for Animals

Peppertree Rescue

Pet Adoption League Inc./Chow Rescue of NY

PET-I-CARE NYC Adoption Program

P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County

Poor Animals of St. Francis

Posh Pets Rescue

Rabbit Rescue & Rehab

Rawhide Rescue

Ready for Rescue

Red Hook Dog Rescue

R.S.V.P. Inc. (Responsible Solutions for Valued Pets)

Russell Refuge (Jack Russell Terriers)

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue

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S.A.V.E. Animal Rescue

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center

SaveKitty Foundation

Save Our Strays

Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

The Sheltering Wing Bird Preservation and Adoptions

Shelter Survivors

Shore Hearts Golden Retriever Rescue

Small Paws Rescue (Bichon Frise)

Social Tees Animal Rescue

SPCA of Connecticut

Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW)

Stray from the Heart

Tails of Courage

Tavi & Friends / Tavi's Curls

Tigger Foundation

Tiny Treasures Rescue

Treasured k9s

Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue

Tri-State Weimeraner Rescue

Underdog ResQ

United Action for Animals

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Urban Cat League

Waggin' Train Rescue

Waggytail Rescue

Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue

Woof Dog Rescue

The Worthy Pause Thrift & Gift Shop

Zani's Furry Friends

Also see the Mayor's Alliance APO list

* Mayor's Alliance Founding Organization

List of rescues compiled by Lynn Curtis

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