About Best Friends in New York



The situation in New York City continues to evolve rapidly. Schools were ordered closed this week, and the city has implemented other measures that greatly limit congregating. With that understanding and a lot of soul searching we've made the decision to close to the public beginning the evening of Monday March 16. Our center animals are all moving into foster care and staff will be available to receive supplies and support foster parents from the center for a period of time. Adoptions will still be occuring, for more information visit our Adopt page.


While we may be closing the doors to the center, we're not closing our doors to lifesaving. Our operations will move entirely to something that will look and feel more like a foster-based rescue, with a focus on retooling our resources to help support Animal Care Centers of NYC through this time. For those in the New York City area, we have compiled a list of resources both for those who are seeking help, and those who can offer it: https://ny.bestfriends.org/news/2020/05/new-york-covid-19-resources


Our Wheels of Hope transport operation that helps nearly 100 animals weekly move from NY ACC to rescue partners will continue to be able to its lifesaving work, and we have a few other tricks up our sleeve. Although we are entering uncharted territory, today, as always, our words hold true. Together, (although six feet apart) we will Save Them All!

Best Friends Animal Society is on the ground in New York City, helping to save the lives of homeless pets and supporting other organizations in their efforts to make New York no-kill permanently. Every day, about 2,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters across the country - but with Best Friends Animal Society leading the way, and your support, we can help our nation's shelters and Save Them All. The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in New York City serves as both a space for local pets to find homes, and an outlet for the national no-kill message, helping to spread the word about Best Friends’ efforts to lead the country to no-kill by 2025.

Located in the SoHo neighborhood, the Center showcases adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue organizations, as well as the New York City open-admission shelter. Dogs and cats are housed in a playful, gallery-style setting designed to encourage interaction and help convey the challenges facing our country’s homeless pet population. The space also features interactive displays and maps to inspire and engage people from all around the country to work for no-kill in their own communities, and to help Save Them All.

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