Looking for a Pet? Look Here First!
They come in all shapes in sizes with varying years of experience and all are waiting for that elusive interview and a chance to be your friend for life. Scattered throughout Westchester County, with varied missions, these animal shelters all have various species and breeds.
Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter
The Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter is a municipal shelter for domestic animals who are lost, abandoned, neglected, unwanted or in distress. They promote both adoptions and fostering, and welcome volunteers. Complete information is on their web site.
Paws Crossed Animal Rescue
A no-kill non-profit animal rescue located in Elmsford, their mission is to "rescue one by one until there are none". They are a brand new organization that is eager to serve the community. You can read about their story and learn about their services by visiting their website www.pawscrossedny.org/
SPCA of Westchester County
Located in Briarcliff manor, the SPCA contracts with 13 different municipalities to accept delivery of their stray cats and dogs for return to owners or to arrange for adoption. It is also the only humane society in Westchester County empowered to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty. They also provide low cost veterinary care, a spay/neuter clinic and pet therapy programs among others. Visit their website at http://www.spca914.org.
City of Yonkers Animal Shelter
Located in a new 11,000 square foor facility, the City of Yonkers Animal shelter houses 170 animals. Though city managed, they also need volunteers. More information can be found at the Yonkers Animal Shelter web site.
Humane Society of Westchester
Their mission is to create a living environment that is not just a shelter, but a transitional home for stray, lost, abandoned, injured, and abused animals, until they can ultimately be placed in loving permanent homes. They service 19 communities in Westchester County including Ardsley, City of Rye, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Tarrytown, Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Mamaroneck. Complete information on their website.
Pet Rescue's mission is to aid homeless, abandoned and neglected cats and dogs, to provide veterinary care and socialization, and to place pets in permanent, loving and responsible homes. Pet Rescue also works to decrease the population of homeless dogs and cats through its spay/neuter programs.ny-petrescue.org/