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No-Kill Cat Shelters and Rescues in New York City

Mew to Your Kitteh'sWhether you’re looking to adopt, surrender, or volunteer, we took the time to make this list of active no-kill shelters and rescue organizations in New York City to help you find the one that’s right for you.

Where to Adopt

Whenever someone adopts from a no-kill organization, they make room for another kitty who needs extra time finding a new home. These rescues have tons of kitties available.

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)
253 BARC Avenue (Wythe Avenue)
at the corner of North 1st in Williamsburg
(718) 486-7489

BARC also runs the BQE Pet Food Supply store, where profits from help fund the BARC Shelter.

City Critters
Petco Turtle Bay
991 Second Ave.
between 52nd and 53rd

PetSmart Noho
632 Broadway
between Bleecker & Houston

City Critters has a great area for the cats to play with potential adopters on Saturdays and Sundays.

Empty Cages Collective
(mailing address)
P.O. Box 820
New York, NY 10026

For the Empty Cages Collective, you can browse the cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, and small mammals available on their Petfinder and Adopt-a-pet profiles, or read about becoming a pet foster parent.

The Humane Society of New York
306 East 59th Street
between 1st & 2nd Ave
(212) 752-4842

The Humane Society of New York’s adoption center is open 7 days a week, and they’re also looking for volunteers at the shelter.

Kitty Kind
Petco Union Square
860 Broadway
between Union Square & 18th St

Kitty Kind has tons of adoptable kitties and conducts on the spot interviews for potential pet parents. They also provide the cats to Meow Parlour, the New York’s first cat cafe.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR)
153 East 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Pky and Caton Ave in Windsor Terrace

The SCAR shelter stays open 7 days a week and has late hours so you can visit after work.

How to Surrender

The decision to surrender your cat is never easy, but finding a no-kill shelter or rescue is the most loving choice for your pet. These organizations can help find a new home for your kitty.

Animal Haven
251 Centre Street
between Broome and Grand

Animal Haven accepts cats with good behavior and medical history, provided they have the space. Use the contact form or call to speak to the intake department.

410 East 38th Street
between 1st Ave & Queens Midtown Tunnel

Bideawee intakes cats from the public by appointment. Please call to schedule.

Brooklyn Animal Action
(mailing address)
285 5th Avenue
PMB #456
Brooklyn, NY 11215

While Brooklyn Animal Action does not accept surrenders, they will list your cat on their website for adoption if you are able to temporarily house your pet. They also list extensive information on their website for rehoming resources here and on their contact page.

Muffin’s Pet Connection
(mailing address)
9728-3rd Ave. B125
Brooklyn, NY 11209-7742

Muffin’s Pet Connection will help you list your cat for adoption for free.

Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place
430 E. 9th St
between 1st Ave & Avenue A in the East Village

If you need to rehome your pet, visit this page first. Mighty Mutts accepts surrenders when they have the space, but they’ll help spread the word about your adoptable pet.

Where to Volunteer

While all of the organizations listed are accepting volunteers, these rescues are actively seeking pet foster parents and on-site volunteers for their shelters and adoption centers.

All Sentient Beings Inc
454 West 46th Street
Suite 2B-S
between 9th & 10th Ave in Hells Kitchen

All Sentient Beings
is looking for foster parents for their kittens and cats so that they can rescue more animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St.
between 1st and York Ave

At the ASPCA you can volunteer in the adoption center, be a pet foster parent, or even become an athletic ambassador and run a 5k in support of the shelter.

Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue
(no mailing address or phone number listed, please use contact form )

Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue is specifically for cats only, and they are looking for foster homes for their kitties. They also hold regular adoptapaloozas and fundraisers with giveaways.

If you know of an active organization that helps to rehome cats, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line in the comments.

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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9 Responses to No-Kill Cat Shelters and Rescues in New York City

  1. Kerry June 18, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    My husband and I have rescued a stray. We cannot keep it since we have too many cats as it is, and would like to find him a home. He is at the vet right now because we had him neutered and checked for FHIV and leukemia plus rabies shots. He is a full grown cat with gray/silver coloring with light stripes on his legs and tail. We have advertised this cat as lost and no one has claimed him in the past two months. We were able to gain the trust of this cat by feeding him and he is adorable and extremely affectionate and had no problem with the vet. I am not exaggerating when I say this cat has the best disposition I’ve ever seen but as I stated before we already have too many cats and my male cat hates him. We live in Staten Island and need help quickly please since you do not want to put him outside but I cannot keep him inside due to the male cat. Could you give me a call at 732-619-994.

    Thank you,
    Kerry Cavanaugh

  2. Carrie Rosenblatt December 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    hi. do you know anything about NYC Cat Coalition in the Bronx? thanks

  3. Jennifer March 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

    There is this beautiful cat, all white, that was released into my hallway by a neighbor with an empty bowl. At the moment, no one wants to accept responsibility or ownership of the displaced cat. The cat’s temperament is wonderful. At first greet, it came to me and allowed me to pet it. I have recordings of it. I was able to furnish it with food and water. The cat looks healthy, and it engages very well with humans. Unfortunately, I have not been successful with seeking refuge for the cat, and I do not feel comfortable with taking it to a ACC because it is a kill shelter. If circumstances had been different, I would have kept the cat, but I cannot for I live with a relative who already has several pets and is not willing to include another one. Please assist, for I am really upset over this situation!

    • Katie's Kitty March 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi Jennifer, your best bet is to find a cat rescue. Check with the ones listed above, or do a Google search to find one in your area.

  4. Rosa August 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    There Liike fews kitten on the street I had call the shelter and the won’t accept the kitten I don’t know we’re else to take them.

    • Candace Cho August 30, 2017 at 1:54 am #

      It’s very common for shelters to not accept kittens off the street. We also have a blog post on what to do if you find stray kittens here: Best of luck!

  5. Giselle December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    I have a cat who tested positive for FIV. My family and I decided that right now the best bet is to euthanize him but we are trying to find other solutions for him instead of going through that route to have him live a healthy rest of his life. Do you know if there is any rescue that would take care of a cat who is FIV positive ?

    • Candace Cho January 10, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Giselle,

      Don’t put your FIV+ cat down! A cat can live a long and healthy life while being FIV+. There are plenty of rescues that will take an FIV+ cat, including those listed above. If they say there isn’t room in their shelter, you can also home your cat in your home while they help locate a new forever home for your kitty.


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