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By: on March 29, 2020

Best Friends New York LIfesaving Center is currently closed

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 as 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.

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.  

How can I adopt?

As of March 30, adoptions will take place remotely through an online application and video-conference meet-and-greets. 

To arrange an adoption:

  1. Search for available pets
  2. Complete either the Dog Adoption Survey or Cat Adoption Survey, which will be sent to our adoption counselors for review. 
  3. An adoption counselor will contact you directly to discuss the best pet(s) based on your survey. Once a pet is determined to be a good match for you, a virtual meet-and-greet will be arranged with the pet's foster.
  4. Following the virtual meet-and-greet, the adoption can be finalized and arrangements will be made for you to officially get your new best friend! 

Questions? Email to speak with a member of our staff. Adoption requirements and fees listed on our Adopt page still apply. 

What does this mean for volunteers?

Effective Tuesday, March 17 all volunteer shifts at the NY Lifesaving Center are cancelled until further notice. We will cancel all shifts in Digital Cheetah and no action is required on your end. Please also note that during this time, we will not be requiring the 6 hour monthly minimum for volunteer hours. If volunteer needs do arise during this time, we will send out pleas and updates on an as-needed basis. As always, please reach out to us with any concerns or questions at

How can I help the animals?

We are overwhelmed with the number of responses we received from our foster plea, and appreciate your patience as we work through all of the offers to take in a foster pet. At this time, we are encouraging those interested in fostering to reach out to our network partners to offer assistance. You can find a list of them on our Network Partners page

For those unable to take an animal into their home, Best Friends Animal Society always accepts donations to support our life-saving work. While in-kind supply donations are not being accepted at this time, monetary donations can always be made online

We will continue to post updates as we have them here and on our social media channels:


Instagram: @bfas_ny

Questions or concerns? Email


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