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Animal Causes

Animal Medical Center
212-838-8100
The Animal Medical Center, a 92-year-old nonprofit veterinary hospital, tends to over 65,000 four-legged patients annually. Donations go toward research -- no harm to animals, of course -- as well as running the hospital and its postgraduate education program.

ASPCA
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' headquarters here "houses one of the area's largest full service animal hospitals, an adoption facility, and the Humane Law Enforcement Department, which is responsible for enforcing New York's animal cruelty laws."

Photo by Kate Lacey

Bide-A-Wee Home Association
Volunteer as a pet therapist. Once a month, for the duration of an entire year, take your usual pet walk astray and cheer up a client at one of the 50 facilities participating in the program.

Delta Society
Improving human health through service and therapy animals.

Human Society of New York
Aside from caring for animals in crisis and helping rescue animals affected by the WTC collapse, they have a super-cute catalog of pups up for adoption.

Kitty Kind

212-726-2652
Kitty Kind, a no-kill, all-volunteer cat-rescue-and-adoption group, finds homes for up to 2,000 cats a year. Not a shelter, the group instead deposits felines directly from the pound and the street into temporary foster homes. Every penny donated goes to medical care and food.

S.A.V.E. Animal Rescue
Rescues homeless animals, gets them the proper care, and solicits adoptions. Also solicits contributions for its spaying and neutering fund.

Sentient Creatures

212-865-5998
Harlem's abandoned, abused, or neglected "junkyard dogs" have a champion in Sentient Creatures. All donations go to food, shelter, and medical care, plus they'll actually pay you $50 a week to provide a temporary home to a pup waiting for permanent adoption.