Adopt a dog from a shelter, not a store
As a resident of Peter Cooper Village and dog lover, I’m hoping that the following information will encourage anyone looking for a dog to at least consider adopting from one of the many animal shelters in our area.
When you purchase a puppy from a pet store or over the internet, it has most likely come from a large-scale, substandard breeding facility where parent dogs are caged, bred as often as possible and live in filthy conditions. Adopting from a shelter ensures that your money is not going to support a puppy mill.
When you adopt from a shelter you’re getting a dog who’s had both a medical and behavioral evaluation. has been neutered or spayed and has had the necessary shots.
Please visit the websites of these shelters for hours of operation and much more information about the services they offer. All shelters are located in Manhattan except where noted. Many shelters have medical facilities, training classes, bereavement support and other programs to help you care for you pet.
ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
424 East 92nd Street (between First and York)
410 East 38th Street (between 1st Ave and FDR)
Humane Society of NY
309 East 59th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
251 Centre Street (between Broome & Grand)
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals – a listing of NYC rescue groups
Petfinder – adoptable animals listed on the Internet
If you’re interested in a specific breed you haven’t been able to find at a shelter, you can try breed rescue groups at the Mayor’s Alliance website.
A few laws concerning dogs:
- All dogs must have a current license.
- All dogs must be vaccinated regularly against rabies.
- All dogs must be on a six-foot (or shorter) leash when in public.
- Dog owners must clean up their pets’ waste.
- It is illegal to abandon a companion animal. To relinquish your pet, contact a local shelter.
Neglecting an animal’s care or harming an animal is a crime. Intentionally harming a companion animal is a felony in New York State. Report animal cruelty to ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement at (212) 876-7700 x4450. For 24 Hour Veterinary Care: Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, (212) 838-8100.
What could be better than giving a loving and safe home to a homeless, neglected and scared dog? Thank you for considering adoption. Good luck!
Susan Huegel, PCV