9 Top Neighborhood Animal Rescue Groups in Brooklyn: Adopt, Volunteer, No Kill

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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 NY into a No Kill town.

This is serious business — but it's also fun. And what a great way to meet new people in your Brooklyn neighborhood!

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

  • 01 of 09
    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 five dollar 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. If you can't make it to the cafe, you can watch the kittens at Brooklyn don't worry, you can watch the kittens at the cafe play on their twenty four hour kitten cam


  • 02 of 09

    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.

  • 03 of 09
    This volunteer run organization, founded in 2010, works to improving 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.
  • 04 of 09

    This pet adoption and rescue organization specializes in cats. You can visit and pick your purring pal Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 9 PM, or Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM. It's at M-Sat: 9-9 and Sun: 10-7/ PetSmart, 238 Atlantic Ave. near Downtown Brooklyn. You can also volunteer; get in touch at volunteer@atailatatime.org.

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  • 05 of 09
    "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.
  • 06 of 09

    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,

  • 07 of 09
    Please don't bring your cats or kittens here (they're not a shelter). But Ferals in Peril offers free spay/neuter clinics for un-owned and feral cats. Their goals are to reduce the number of these cats and mitigate their suffering from starvation and disease, create an economically feasible way to humanely reduce the population of stray cats, and to relieve local animal control facilities from having to euthanize healthy but homeless cats.
  • 08 of 09

    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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  • 09 of 09
    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.