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AC&C — Brooklyn Animal Care
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a
Closed on All Holidays
AC&C — Manhattan Animal Care
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
and 2nd Avenues)
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Closed on All
AC&C — Staten Island Animal Care
3139 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days
Closed on All Holiday
Directions: Take the '3' train to New Lots Ave; When
getting out of the New Lots station, walk down New Lots four little blocks to
Essex, then turn right and go two avenue blocks to Linden. (shelter is on the
South side of the street between Essex St. and Shepherd
Directions: Take the '6' train to 110th
St; walk 2 1/2 blocks east (shelter is on the South side of the street between
1st and 2nd Avenues)
Directions : Rt. 440 South to exit 1N/Arthur Kill Rd.
At stop sign, make left onto Veterans Rd. West (shelter is one block ahead on
AC&C — Queens Pet Receiving
92-29 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374
Hours: Wednesday , 8am - 4pm
For services on other days and all adoption
services, please visit the Brooklyn shelter.
Directions: Take the 'V' or 'R'
train to Woodhaven Blvd. and exit to Queens Blvd; walk under LIE overpass
(shelter is on the left).
AC&C — Bronx Pet Receiving
464 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Tuesday, & Saturday, 8am - 4pm
For services on other days and all
adoption services, please visit the Manhattan shelter.
Directions: take the
'4' or 'D' train to Fordham Rd; take the 'Bx12' bus to Fordham Plaza and walk
one block southeast on East Fordham Rd. (Fordham University is on the
|What to expect
At Pet Shelters: Pet
Shelters are your local Animal Care and Control, SPCA, Humane Society,
they are a brick and mortar building that may or may not include foster
At most county run shelters, ie)
Animal Care and Controls, you can walk in and view the available pets
ready for adoption. Some facilities function on a 1st come 1st serve
basis, meaning who ever brings the paper work from the cage gets first
dibs on that pet. They then allow you to spend time with the pet, talk
with a adoption counselor
about the pet, they usually ask a bunch of questions to make sure this
is the right pet for you. They will ask you to fill out an application,
show proof of home ownership or rental agreements allowing a pet and
may not release the pet until all members of your family (including
other pets presently in the home) have come in and visited the pet.
Most have test results on the pet showing temperament ratings and other
pertinent information. Some but not most require you fill out the
adoption application first. They may also require a separate adoption
Most shelters have a get acquainted
room where you can visit with the pet uninterrupted, unless it is an
exceptionally busy day. Usually the adoption counselor accompanies
A good shelter organization takes
the time to discuss the many aspects of the pet, making sure this is the
right pet for you. They also share the information they have gather
during the animals stay with them. They may or may not have previous
owner information. Usually that information is limited to lost, stray,
owner relinquished due to ...., returned to shelter because ....
Most shelters smell like pets. The
cages will probably have a mess or two, but should look like they are
Most shelters have printed
literature on various behavioral issues for you to take home. Suggest you take one of
everything. Some have folders with relevant pet care information and
pet care topics.
If multiple people apply for the same pet, they usually consider everyone.
Many rescues require
you fill out an application before meeting the pet. After they review
your application they contact you with the time and place of their next
community event so you can meet the pet.
Some Rescues after
reviewing your application may decide that a pet you are interested in
is not the best choice for you. This is in your best interest, but can
upset some people. Most will tell you why they do not think the pet is a
good fit and suggest another more suitable pet if they have one.
Most Rescues do
require a home visit. They are quite concerned about their animals and
do not jump at the first person. This is a good thing, remember they
rescued them from kill-shelters, nursed many back to heath, they have
put much time and in most cases, much money into getting this pet ready
The foster pet
person should have lots of information on how the pet behaved in their
home. In addition, how the pet progressed, and any issues still needing
work. The foster person is usually the one who has spent the most time
with the pet and either speaks to you directly or through the
Like with the shelters, most Rescue pets are neutered and have a microchip. Do ask if they don't offer the information.
Like Shelters, the
Rescue folks should have information on IF the pet is suitable for home
with children or other pets. Again, if there is any question it is best
to find another pet.
At Both the Shelter and Rescue: There are adoption fees for both. The amount varies depending on the organization and particular health issues of the pet.
Generally require: an adoption application and an adoption agreement. They may have other paperwork as well.
Have you read Choosing a Pet? It may give you some additional insight. Have fun finding your new pet!