8 Top Neighborhood Animal Rescues in Brooklyn

Two dogs drinking run-off water from a playground sprinkler at Fort Greene Park

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Find out about a few of Brooklyn's many local animal rescue organizations. The list below features nonprofit organizations, large and small, dedicated to rescuing and helping homeless animals in Brooklyn. Some find the lost, abandoned and stray animals new homes, permanent or foster. Others get them medical treatment. Many of the groups are dedicated to turning NYC into a No-Kill town.

This is serious business, but it's also fun and a great way to meet new people in your Brooklyn neighborhood!

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Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Herry Potter cats at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Brooklyn Cat Cafe 

Located in Brooklyn Heights on Atlantic Avenue, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe is Brooklyn's first permeant cat cafe. After filling out a waiver (everyone has to fill one out to enter the cafe), a small fee will get you thirty minutes of pure kitten and cat love. Spend your thirty-minute visit watching kittens play or indulging in the many treats they sell at the cafe. If you do fall in love with a cat, you can always apply to adopt it.

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Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

Cat from the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition 

They call themselves "concerned neighbors helping homeless animals," and that about sums it up. Launched in 2007, they focused on caring for and rehabilitating the animals. Their rescued animals are brought to a licensed veterinarian examined, treated and spayed or neutered. If you are thinking about becoming a foster or adoptive families they will provide ideas and support. Volunteers are welcome, and you can shop online to provide a bit of financial support, too.

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Brooklyn Animal Action

Brown and Black cat at Brooklyn Animal Action

 Brooklyn Animal Action

This volunteer-run organization, founded in 2010, works to improve the lives of animals in distress. They work with Trap-Neuter-Return programs, find homes for adoptable animals, perform community outreach and education, and engage in advocacy. ​They offer opportunities to foster cats if you aren't sure you want to commit.

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A Tail at at Time

Calico cat at A Tail At A Time

A Tail At A Time 

This pet adoption and rescue organization specializes in cats. You can visit and pick your purring pal seven days a week at locations near Downtown Brooklyn. You can also volunteer there.

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The American Street Cat

Kittens in a wheelbarrow

 The American Street Cat, Inc.

"We’re just blue-collar folks working for blue-collar cats," is what this nonprofit organization says about itself. It's not a shelter, but a loose organization with a mission. You can see pictures of cats for adoption on their website.

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Badass Animal Rescue

Pitbull mix dog wearing flannel coat

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

Badass Animal Rescue, which was founded in 2011, has rescued over 1700 dogs. Check out their website for their list of available dogs or head to one of their events like the annual summer fest in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. The non-profit animal rescue group is run by volunteers, so if you aren't ready to adopt, you might want to volunteer to help them.

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Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue 

Since 1998, this non-profit no-kill shelter located right off the F/G train at Fort Hamilton Parkway has been "specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals.

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Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)

Brown dog getting a bath at a dogwash fundraiser

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC Shelter)

This wonderful organization is like a good cocktail: a mixture of community organization, animal rescue operation, and hub. It's located in ever-increasingly hip Williamsburg, but they were there before most people knew where Wythe Avenue either started or ended. Years ago, they sponsored Brooklyn's first animal costume parade.

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