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Lena and LunaaTips on Finding Animals New Homes

If you have a cat you can’t keep, DON’T throw them onto the street—they won’t survive. Take the time to find a new home. It takes some patience, but it works, and it’s worth it! The same is true if you find a friendly cat on the street and would like to help.

Unfortunately, most rescue organizations in the city are overextended and can’t take in new cats. Also, many cat shelters will kill cats they can’t place. So the best thing to do is first try to find them a home yourself, using available resources. Excellent advice for anyone trying to get an animal adopted can be found here at the Best Friends for Animal Society.

*If you are experiencing domestic violence and are worried about your pet, please reach out to the Urban Resource Institute’s People and Animals Living Safely (URIPALS) program for resources that may be able to help.

*If you are worried about a “no-pets” clause in an apartment lease, please consult this guide: Keeping Your Pet in a NYC Apartment. It contains information about your options, including using the Pet Law to your advantage. (The “Pet Law” states that any resident who openly keeps an animal in their apartment for 3 months or longer is entitled to keep that pet. Please consult the guide for more information.)

There are some no-kill shelters in New York, though they will often have long waiting lists:

Bide-A-Wee
410 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel. (866) 262-8133; (212) 532-4455Pika and Erika2

North Shore Animal League
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Tel. (516) 883-7575

ASPCA
Free spay/neuter and vaccination for low income pet owners
Tel. (877) SPAY-NYC

You can also take an animal to the Center for Animal Care and Control. But be aware that they are NOT no-kill. They will make an effort to find animals a home, but older or sick animals are likely to be euthanized.

Animal Care and Control
336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Tel. (212) 788-4000

For a comprehensive list of local animal organizations and vet clinics, please visit our Links and Resources page. If you would like to list your animal in our adoption listings, please visit our Contact page for instructions.

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  • WINK, it's only Wednesday! Meet, ZOE: a Special Sweetheart's Story... This pretty kitty with a bubblegum pink nose, Zoe, was rescued from a backyard in Brooklyn, where she was persistently friendly and unfailingly good-natured, searching for the right person to take her in. It worked, and she found herself a hero! However, Zoe unfortunately had a very bad infection in her eye, which had to be removed for her own good. ✧ But this little detail doesn’t stop Zoe for a second. She thinks she’s as pretty as ever—and we’re inclined to agree with her! Having one eye doesn’t impact on her health, her mobility, or her personality. In fact, she’s feeling happier and healthier than ever without the infection, and her gratitude for being saved can barely be contained. Zoe loves to be pet and to prove it, she’ll roll over onto her back and show off her belly, the ultimate sign of trust. All this, and her precious purr just keeps on rumbling. We can hardly believe how sweet and friendly she is—which ju...

    brooklynanimalaction: "WINK, it's only Wednesday! Meet, ZOE: a Special Sweetheart's Story...
This pretty kitty with a bubblegum pink nose, Zoe, was rescued from a backyard in Brooklyn, where she was persistently friendly and unfailingly good-natured, searching for the right person to take her in. It worked, and she found herself a hero! However, Zoe unfortunately had a very bad infection in her eye, which had to be removed for her own good.
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But this little detail doesn’t stop Zoe for a second. She thinks she’s as pretty as ever—and we’re inclined to agree with her! Having one eye doesn’t impact on her health, her mobility, or her personality. In fact, she’s feeling happier and healthier than ever without the infection, and her gratitude for being saved can barely be contained. Zoe loves to be pet and to prove it, she’ll roll over onto her back and show off her belly, the ultimate sign of trust. All this, and her precious purr just keeps on rumbling. We can hardly believe how sweet and friendly she is—which just goes to show that you can’t keep a good kitty down.
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Zoe is approximately 4 years old, spayed, and current on vaccines. She tested negative for felv/FIV. She’s all-around healthy and ready to meet you! Plus, she can go to a home with or without another cat! If you’d like to schedule a playdate with this special girl, contact Tara Green at catsbkny@gmail.com! ✧
Thank you for thinking of animals in need - your support allows us to help the next furry sweetheart!"
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This awesome girl is always positive, playful and active. She is an independent cat, but appreciates both humans and other felines. Being about 10 months old, she would make a good companion to you, your kitten or an adult cat.
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Abby would benefit from a little more socialization but is very friendly and ready for a new loving home!
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    brooklynanimalaction: "MONDAY! Little black panther feature::: Marco Polo! About• 
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already neutered, housetrained, and good with cats.
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Marco Polo, adventurous bombay kitten!'s Story...
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Marco (short for Marco Polo) is the last of a litter of kittens rescued with their mom in Crown Heights.  He’s a gorgeous 9-month-old Bombay boy who loves to play and cuddle, and as his name implies, he’s quite an adventurer.  He’s got a lot of kitten energy, but is happy to snuggle when hugs and pats are involved! He gets along wonderfully with his foster big sister, too, and is generous with other foster kittens. 🖇
Marco loves other kitties and would like to be in a home with a friend. He’s neutered, tested negative for FIV/FeLV, had his shots, and is  flea & worm free. If you would like more information about this adorable sweetheart or want to set up a play date, please contact  Belinda at  belinda@cooperdooper.org 🖇
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    brooklynanimalaction: "This is what a rescue looks like😽Ratatouille (formally, Kiku) rescued the night before....from Downey ACC, fostered + kept in a forever home. Artwork by @barbararonnipaints • Adopt don't shop. Love forever❤️"
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I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
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Bear: Big Shy Boy's Story...
Bear is a big boy, built like a linebacker on a football team, wide and round though he is actually not a big eater. He may look rough, but underneath it all he is a sweet boy who is very shy. Since I got a friendly kitty who liked to bully him into a foster home, he has been coming forward more and hiding less though he is still cautious.  I pet him while he eats, and he loves to have his back end scratched. He used to hide under furniture all the time but now he is even sitting in the window looking out at the world. I'm so excited for him to keep becoming a more and more outgoing kitty with some love, patience and attention.
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I caught Bear last winter with 6 other cats on a block in Bed Stuy where there has been a  lot of development and soon the stray cats would have nowhere to go. Though he was shy I didn't want to return him but wanted to give him the chance of living indoors. He has been neutered, tested negative for fiv/felv and is ready for nice home with sweet, patient people."
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