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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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  • Attention New Yorkers! Gizmo is looking for a forever home. He loves to play and loves to be loved. Rescued from a hoarding situation, he is used to other cats and happy to have friends. He is fine alone or with others and is a wonderful companion to any human. He has a wonderful personality! Gizmo is neutered, tested fiv-/felv-, microchipped, vaccinated and ready for a new home. Spread the word and email us at brooklynanimalaction@gmail.com to schedule a meet and greet :-) #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady #caturday #cutecatcrew #petstagram #catsofinsta #catmom #catmommy #catsofny #catsofnyc #adoptablecat #adoptablecats

    brooklynanimalaction: "Attention New Yorkers! Gizmo is looking for a forever home. He loves to play and loves to be loved. Rescued from a hoarding situation, he is used to other cats and happy to have friends. He is fine alone or with others and is a wonderful companion to any human. He has a wonderful personality! Gizmo is neutered, tested fiv-/felv-, microchipped, vaccinated and ready for a new home. Spread the word and email us at brooklynanimalaction@gmail.com to schedule a meet and greet :-) #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady #caturday #cutecatcrew #petstagram #catsofinsta #catmom #catmommy #catsofny #catsofnyc #adoptablecat #adoptablecats"
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  • Happy #Caturday from Tip, the beautiful tuxedo rescue kitty! We have adoption events every Saturday at the Petco in Park Slope, Brooklyn. #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitten #kittens #kittensofig #kittenlife #kittenlover #lovekittens #kittenlove #kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady

    brooklynanimalaction: "Happy #Caturday from Tip, the beautiful tuxedo rescue kitty! We have adoption events every Saturday at the Petco in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 
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  • Nothing better than a lap full of kittens! We just rescued these little ones -- what should we name them? #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #kitty #kittycat #kitten #kittenlife #kittenlove #kittens #kittensofinstagram #kittenlady #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #rescuecats #rescuekittens #rescuekitten #cute #catnap #brooklyncats #kittensofig

    brooklynanimalaction: "Nothing better than a lap full of kittens! We just rescued these little ones -- what should we name them?

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  • Look -- it's an adorable flying kitty! All of our rescues get put into foster homes until they get adopted and find their forever family. But really though... who can resist that face? #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitten #kittens #kittensofig #kittenlife #kittenlover #lovekittens #kittenlove#kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady

    brooklynanimalaction: "Look -- it's an adorable flying kitty! All of our rescues get put into foster homes until they get adopted and find their forever family. But really though... who can resist that face?

#meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitten #kittens #kittensofig #kittenlife #kittenlover #lovekittens #kittenlove#kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady"
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  • Meet Harrison, one of the many cats our rescuers are taking care of. He was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and FIV+. The excessive hormones affect each of his organs, including an increased metabolism. This constant stimulation can eventually lead to heart failure. Harrison needs to get surgery NEXT WEEK, but the cost can run up to $2,500. His medication alone already costs $100/month. We want to get him healthy so he can find this #RescueCat a forever home! Will you chip in to help permanently cure Harrison’s hyperthyroidism? Link in profile: http://ow.ly/p6n230dKNys #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitty #kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady #crazycatlady #whiskerwednesday #rescuecats #feline #specialneedscat

    brooklynanimalaction: "Meet Harrison, one of the many cats our rescuers are taking care of. He was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and FIV+. The excessive hormones affect each of his organs, including an increased metabolism. This constant stimulation can eventually lead to heart failure. Harrison needs to get surgery NEXT WEEK, but the cost can run up to $2,500. His medication alone already costs $100/month. We want to get him healthy so he can find this #RescueCat a forever home! Will you chip in to help permanently cure Harrison’s hyperthyroidism? Link in profile: http://ow.ly/p6n230dKNys 
#meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitty #kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady #crazycatlady #whiskerwednesday #rescuecats #feline #specialneedscat"
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  • It's kitten season! That means we've got lots of little kitties keeping us busy around the clock. This this face makes it all worth it. #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitten #kittens #kittensofig #kittenlife #kittenlover #lovekittens #kittenlove#kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #rescuecatsrock

    brooklynanimalaction: "It's kitten season! That means we've got lots of little kitties keeping us busy around the clock. This this face makes it all worth it. 
#meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitten #kittens #kittensofig #kittenlife #kittenlover #lovekittens #kittenlove#kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #rescuecatsrock"
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  • Looking for our forever home at Unleashed by Petco in Park Slope TODAY! #instagramcat #instacat #petsofinstagram #petstagram #cat #catsofig #catstagram #catsofinsta #catsofworld #catsofinstagram #cuteness #cute #kitty #kitten #kittenlover #kittensofinstagram #rescuecat #rescuecatsrock #adoptdontshop #catlady #catlife #catlover #catmommy #meow #cutecatcrew #tabby #tabbycat #caturday

    brooklynanimalaction: "Looking for our forever home at Unleashed by Petco in Park Slope TODAY! #instagramcat #instacat #petsofinstagram #petstagram #cat #catsofig #catstagram #catsofinsta #catsofworld #catsofinstagram #cuteness #cute #kitty #kitten #kittenlover #kittensofinstagram #rescuecat #rescuecatsrock #adoptdontshop #catlady #catlife #catlover #catmommy #meow #cutecatcrew #tabby #tabbycat #caturday"
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  • Want to meet some of the cutest kittens ever? Come by Unleashed by Petco in Park Slope today--we will be here until 4pm today!!! #instagramcat #instacat #petsofinstagram #petstagram #cat #catsofig #catstagram #catsofinsta #catsofworld #catsofinstagram #cuteness #cute #kitty #kitten #kittenlover #kittensofinstagram #rescuecat #rescuecatsrock #adoptdontshop #catlady #catlife #catlover #catmommy #meow #cutecatcrew #calico #calicocat #caturday

    brooklynanimalaction: "Want to meet some of the cutest kittens ever? Come by Unleashed by Petco in Park Slope today--we will be here until 4pm today!!! #instagramcat #instacat #petsofinstagram #petstagram #cat #catsofig #catstagram #catsofinsta #catsofworld #catsofinstagram #cuteness #cute #kitty #kitten #kittenlover #kittensofinstagram #rescuecat #rescuecatsrock #adoptdontshop #catlady #catlife #catlover #catmommy #meow #cutecatcrew #calico #calicocat #caturday"
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  • Thurgood + Liberace; The bonded brother's that could! These sweet 8 month old kittens are “world champion cuddlers and trained dancers.” They prance around their foster home, full of joy and enthusiasm for life—curious, spirited, and loving, despite their humble beginnings. They adore humans and will make any forever family the happiest in the world. They can't wait to be the loves in your life! ♡ Living the rough life of street cats wasn’t in the cards for Thurgood (full orange tabby) and Liberace (white and orange tabby). They were fortunate enough to be rescued and put into a foster home, with a surrogate kitty mama to teach them the wonderful ways of the domestic cat. These bonded siblings are now more than ready for someone who will call them their own and will add twice the love and fun to your home! ♡ Thurgood is the more outgoing one, very friendly, curious and energetic, while his brother Liberace likes to hang back and watch how Thurgood fares before engaging himself. ♡ Thurgood and Li...

    brooklynanimalaction: "Thurgood + Liberace; The bonded brother's that could! These sweet 8 month old kittens are “world champion cuddlers and trained dancers.” They prance around their foster home, full of joy and enthusiasm for life—curious, spirited, and loving, despite their humble beginnings. They adore humans and will make any forever family the happiest in the world. They can't wait to be the loves in your life!
♡
Living the rough life of street cats wasn’t in the cards for Thurgood (full orange tabby) and Liberace (white and orange tabby). They were fortunate enough to be rescued and put into a foster home, with a surrogate kitty mama to teach them the wonderful ways of the domestic cat. These bonded siblings are now more than ready for someone who will call them their own and will add twice the love and fun to your home!
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Thurgood is the more outgoing one, very friendly, curious and energetic, while his brother Liberace likes to hang back and watch how Thurgood fares before engaging himself. ♡
Thurgood and Liberace are neutered, up to date on vaccines, and FeLV/FIV negative. If you’d like to meet this amazing duo, contact Tara 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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  • 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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