| American Kennels
798 Lexington Ave., near 62nd St.
In business for 50 years, this high-end pet store sells only
purebred puppies and kittens, alongside a slew of supplies such
as designer collars (up to $200), imported perfumes, and carrying
cases. Rare breeds such as Cuban Havanese, French bulldogs,
and teeny-tiny teacup Yorkies are their specialty (all dogs
and cats start at $499).
Animal Care & Control of New York City
326 E. 110th St.
AC&C understands that choosing a pet is something the whole
family should take part in—they’ll even talk one-on-one
with all family members to ensure a good fit. Bring identification
and references; locations in each of the five boroughs. Fees
range from $50 to $130.
99 N. 10th St., near Wythe Ave.
This two-year-old store is known to accomplished aquarists
for its extensive selection (rare Australian thread-fin jacks
share a tank with a horn shark; $500), and by kids for its
centerpiece: a 1,600-gallon tank known simply as “the
cube.” Package options make things more affordable (a
fifteen-gallon reef tank with everything you need to get started
|Adopt a homeless feline friend from Bide-A-Wee.
(Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen).
424 E. 92nd St.
212-876-7700, ext. 4120
Visit the New York City headquarters of this full-service
animal hospital, behavior center, and adoption facility to
find an assortment of mixed-breed and purebred animals of
all ages, sizes, and energy levels. Two forms of identification
and current references are required; adoption fees begin at
410 E. 38th St., near First Ave.
This shelter and adoption center has been finding homes for
New York’s unwanted dogs, cats, pups, and kittens since
1903. All animals are neutered or spayed and can be tagged
with a microchip, and kids are welcome to play with contenders
in the “get acquainted” room. Fees range from
$35 to $85.
City Critters, Inc.
P.O. Box 1345; Canal Street Station
Working in conjunction with the Kips Bay Petco and several
veterinary clinics, City Critters places stray kittens, and
guarantees to take them back if adopters aren’t satisfied.
A $100 fee (which covers pre-adoption vet care) is charged.