Can't adopt a pet right now? Here's how to help homeless animals in NYC

Susan Richard
June 13, 2019 - 11:18 am

1010 WINS (New York) NYC is a pet loving town with millions of cats, dogs, rabbits and other furry family members in all five boroughs.  But tens of thousands more aren't as fortunate, and end up in either the city shelter system or with other local rescue organizations every year.

Want to help these animals but can't adopt right now? No worries.  A number of rescue support organizations in the boroughs offer a variety of ways to help. 1010 WINS Midday Anchor Susan Richard checked them out in her video blog AllForAnimalsTV:

TNR In NYC: Meet Flatbush Cats & TNR Utopia

TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the only humane way to control the overpopulation of community cats which can include both feral (unsocialized) cats as well as unsterilized lost or abandoned housecats.

At Jackson Galaxy's Cat Camp NYC, 1010 WINS' Susan Richard caught up with Flatbush Cats and TNR Utopia, two groups leading the way in community cat management in Brooklyn and Queens. In this video, learn how they're tackling the problem in their neighborhoods and get tips on how you can help in your own backyard.

Thanks to both groups for providing additional footage so you can see them in action!  Learn more at and

Dog Guy Foundation

Mark Imhof earned the nickname The Dog Guy when he spent three years as a volunteer groomer at Animal Care Centers of New York City.

Approached to expand his services, Mark created the Dog Guy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the donations to which pay for Mark and his team of professional dog groomers to staff ACC seven days a week, providing life-altering and sometimes life-saving baths, haircuts and other grooming treatments for shelter animals to help them get adopted and care for grooming-related medical issues.

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Helping people by helping pets. That’s the mission of PAWS NY, which is a New York City based non-for-profit that helps local residents facing challenges from advancing age, disability, or illness with volunteer pet care services and medical assistance that helps to keep these animals in their homes.

Photos provided by PAWS NY; Additional video provided by Blonde + Co.  Learn more at

Rational Animal

Do you sew? Well, then join Rational Animal's 'Mother's Comfort' project which delivers hundreds of volunteer sewn dog & cat beds and toys to Animal Care Centers of NYC and other local shelters.

Several times each year, Rational Animal volunteers get together at the Community Church of NY in Murray Hill.  They bring the sewing machines and supplies, and you bring your skills!  Since 2009 they've delivered some 10,000 handmade beds and toys, and they're always looking for more participants.

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