City Critters Inc.

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Rating: 5

(5 out of 5)

P.O. Box 1345Canal Street StationNew York, NY 10013
(212) 252-3183

218 miles away
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The all-volunteer City Critters combines convenient locations with a strict application process.

June 29, 2010 3:11 pm | By Zootoo Editor Flinn D.

Featuring five locations throughout New York, City Critters, Inc. is a not-for-profit group that tries to find homes for homeless cats and kittens in the Big Apple. Sites where potential owners can meet available animals are Petco (Kips Bay location), the Gramercy Park Animal Hospital, the West Chelsea Veterinary Hospital, and the Midtown Animal Hospital.

Because the staff at this shelter takes so much care with the animals they are charged with, City Critters has a rigorous application process that is similar to that of the ASPCA and the Humane Society. In order to adopt a cat or kitten from City Critters, potential owners must first complete an application, list at least one reference and sign an “adoption agreement.” For your convenience and the health of the animals, City Critters spays, neuters and vaccinates all the animals in their care.

City Critters keeps their animals in foster homes while they are awaiting adoption in order to ensure that the animals are socialized before they join your home. In addition to looking for families to adopt cats and kittens, City Critters is also always on the search for homes that are willing to foster cats awaiting adoption. The group presents extensive information on their website about how to foster if you are interested. On their website, you can also find photos and descriptions of the cats available for adoption in the New York area.

City Critters is an all-volunteer group and therefore depends largely upon the generous contributions of individuals. The organization recently rescued 50 cats that had been abandoned in a Chelsea apartment, and vaccinating and caring for the animals while they searched for homes for them cost City Critters over $10,000. If you are interested in donating time or money, please visit their website or call.

Pros: Several locations throughout the city make finding your new feline family member even easier. Attentive, caring staff are involved in local large-scale rescue operations.

Cons: Potential owners may be turned off by the rigorous application process, but City Critters’ thorough approach shows how much they care.

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