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Petstores
 
American Kennels
798 Lexington Ave., near 62nd St.
212-838-8460
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.
212-788-4000
nycacc.org
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.

Aquatic Creations
99 N. 10th St., near Wythe Ave.
718-302-9080
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 is $250).

Adopt a homeless feline friend from Bide-A-Wee. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen).

ASPCA
424 E. 92nd St.
212-876-7700, ext. 4120
aspca.org
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 $75.

Bide-A-Wee
410 E. 38th St., near First Ave.
212-532-4455
bideawee.org
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
212-252-3183
citycritters.org
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.

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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