It was an exciting day for adoptable pets and animal advocates across the New York area.
On Tuesday, animal welfare group Best Friends Animal Society opened their first New York City adoption center, adding to adoption centers in Los Angeles and Kanab, Utah. The new shelter houses approximately 30 dogs and cats, and has a state-of-the-art kitten nursery and frosted glass kennel doors.
Best Friends hopes the adoption center will help educate potential pet owners and animal enthusiasts, as well as support the group’s efforts to make all animal shelters in the United States “no-kill” by 2025. Best Friends specifies that “no-kill” is “commonly defined as a ‘save rate’ of 90 percent of the dogs and cats entering shelters.”
Gregory Castle, Best Friends CEO and co-founder, wants the center to inspire visitors.
“Our new state-of-the-art Center in the heart of Manhattan will demonstrate to locals and visitors alike the problems and solutions facing our country’s homeless pet population,” he said in a news release. “We’ve planted a stake in the ground to take this country no-kill by 2025, but we can’t do it alone. Our hope is that visitors leave the Center with a new best friends and feeling inspired and equipped with the knowledge needed to achieve our mission.”
We had the pleasure of snuggling up to adoptable dogs Eleanor, Monya and Milo. If you’re interested in volunteering, donating, adopting or just want to have your heart melted head, you can learn more at the Best Friends NY website. And if you want to pay a visit in person, some adorable furry friends will be waiting for you.