Brooklyn is too great not to share, especially with a dog, cat, bird, or other animal companion. Fortunately, there are many great shelters ready to find the right animal for you. Even if you’re not ready to adopt a pet (or another pet), all of the organizations below need volunteers—and donations—to help care for and play with their furred and feathered guests. Here are some of Brooklyn’s most notable animal shelters.
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue (Downtown Brooklyn) is a non-profit, all-volunteer, all-breed dog rescue composed of a network of fosters and volunteers. They work to rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high-kill pounds in the rural south, rehabilitate them and find them the best homes. Find out more about volunteering or adopting at their website.
“Rachel Ray” photo courtesy of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue via Facebook.
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition | Jay F. via Yelp
Sean Casey Animal Rescue (Windsor Terrace)
The Sean Casey Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals. They take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals and rehabilitate them, with the goal of finding them healthy, happy homes. Learn more about Sean Casey here.
Angel Face photo from Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition via Facebook
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (Williamsburg)
The mission of the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals and to find safe, loving homes for them. While with BARC, animals receive quality food, shelter, medical attention, and love. Dogs and cats are available for adoption from BARC, and volunteers to walk and play with the animals are always welcome. Learn more here.
Animal Care & Control client | Kensi B. via Yelp
Animal Care & Control of NYC (East New York)
Dogs, cats, and rabbits are all available for adoption from the five (one per borough) shelters of Animal Care & Control of NYC. Because this shelter never turns away any homeless, abandoned, injured, or sick animal in need, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, and others, they care for approximately 30,000 animals each year. Their many programs for volunteering and adoption are detailed here.
Empty Cages Collective | Catherine W. via Yelp
Empty Cages Collective (Williamsburg)
The Empty Cages Collective is as animal advocacy organization that aims to cultivate recognition that animals are fellow sentient beings worthy of respectful and compassionate treatment. Through advocacy, education, hands-on rescue, and assistance, the ECC envisions a world free of animal exploitation, abuse, and ecologically destructive behavior. Learn more here.