Whether 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
BARC also runs the BQE Pet Food Supply store, where profits from help fund the BARC Shelter.
Petco Turtle Bay
991 Second Ave.
between 52nd and 53rd
between Bleecker & Houston
City Critters has a great area for the cats to play with potential adopters on Saturdays and Sundays.
Empty Cages Collective
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
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.
Petco Union Square
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.
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
285 5th Avenue
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
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
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 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.