Lifesaving Partnerships

Best Friends is working hard to help cats and dogs in shelters find forever homes. And by partnering with New York City and surrounding tri-state area shelters and rescue organizations, we know that we truly can Save Them All. As part of our partnerships, we provide local animal shelters with the tools and resources — fundraising events, adoption promotions, stipends, and more — that they need to save lives.

Best Friends’ programs help shelters and rescue organizations increase the number of pets adopted into homes and decrease the number of pets entering shelters. The Best Friends kitten nursery here in New York City is one example. Our partners send newborn kittens (less than two months old and weighing less than two pounds) to the nursery, where they receive around-the-clock care, including bottle-feeding every two hours. This intensive care, which most shelters don’t have the resources to provide, is crucial for kittens’ survival.

Making New York City No-Kill

Best Friends collaborates with shelters and local rescue organizations to save homeless pets in New York City and the tri-state area. Working together since 2014, we've helped more than 3,000 pets find homes through the New York Programs.

Best Friends supports the efforts of Animal Care & Control of NYC (ACC). ACC is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, caring for more than 35,000 animals each year. When choosing pets for the Best Friends Lifesaving Center and super adoption events, Best Friends gives priority to shelters and rescue organizations that take in animals from ACC.

Our pet adoption center rescue partners currently include:

Brooklyn Animal Action

Brooklyn Animal Action is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of Brooklyn’s animals. Working with communities, the volunteers find homes for adoptable animals, facilitate trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, provide community outreach and education, and advocate for animals.

Happy Homes Animal Rescue

Happy Homes Animal Rescue is a nonprofit charitable organization staffed solely by volunteers. This no-kill rescue group relies on financial contributions to continue their mission of finding loving homes for homeless cats in New York and New Jersey. 


K9Kastle’s goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome at-risk companion animals in New York City. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers, the group hosts a variety of adoption events in New York City for dogs and cats.

Looking Glass Animal Rescue

Looking Glass Animal Rescue strives to save sick, injured, neglected and abandoned animals. They are working toward the day when no companion animal is killed simply for lack of a home. They believe in taking in the most unwanted animals and seeing them not for what they are, but for what they can be. 

Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue

Louie’s Legacy is a no-kill nonprofit that aims to alleviate the suffering of abandoned pets by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming them within the community. The group is foster-based, which allows them to get to know each animal individually and match each one to a suitable adoptive home. 

Ready for Rescue

Ready for Rescue is a nonprofit dedicated to saving dogs and cats from New York City’s high-kill shelters. This all-volunteer organization routinely saves the most at-risk pets in city shelters, including sick, injured and senior animals. The animals receive medical care and are placed in foster homes until forever homes can be found.

Rescue Dogs Rock

Rescue Dogs Rock rescues puppies and dogs from high-kill shelters, owner surrenders, puppy mills and those who are medically neglected and suffering. The organization provides proper medical care and then works to find the perfect forever home for each pet.

Second Chance Rescue NYC

Second Chance Rescue NYC was founded in 2009 on the firm belief that all animals deserve love and care and that no animal should ever be subjected to abuse, neglect or homelessness. The group’s mission is to offer a second chance to dogs and cats with critical medical, emotional or behavioral issues.