Want to add a furry friend to your family and do something good for the Upper East Side community at the same time? Adopt a dog, cat or other animal from a local shelter! Many shelters in and around Upper East Side are still working to find forever homes for dozens of cats, dogs and other adorable critters coming through.
Millions of pets are surrendered or taken in each year by adoption agencies nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Shelters often look after other animals in search of a permanent home as well, including pigs, birds and even horses.
However, only around half of all shelter pets are adopted each year, ASPCA data shows. This means millions of animals — some right here in the Upper East Side area — are still waiting for their forever homes.
With help from our friends at Petfinder, Patch has compiled this week’s list of animals available for adoption near you. Whether you’re looking for cuddles or companionship, one of these animals could be the perfect fit for your family.
Click on any listing for more information or to start the adoption process.
Editor’s note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. If you’re a local shelter looking to see your adoptable pets appear on Patch, you’ll need to list them through Petfinder. All readers are encouraged to report errors or other feedback to [email protected]