About Animal Haven
PLEASE NOTE: We are taking preventative measures due to recent public health concerns.
Animal Haven visiting hours are by appointment only until further notice.
Please contact us to make an appointment.
Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption. Founded in 1967, we operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. We also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.
Animal Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 11-6101487).
200 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
(Corner of Hester Street)
Contact us to make an appointment!
Cats and dogs are available for adoption at Animal Haven.
- $175 per cat
- $200 per kitten or $300 per pair (Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One)
- $295 per dog over 1 year (includes collar and leash)
- $395 per puppy 4 months to 1 year old (includes collar and leash)
- $450 per puppy under 4 months old (includes collar and leash)
Fee covers spay/neuter, core vaccines, and microchip.
- Must be 21 to adopt.
- All interested adopters must meet an animal in-person at our shelter before an application can be submitted for that animal.
- We ask for a personal reference (this can be a family member, friend, employer) who can attest to your ability to care for a pet.
- Adopters who live in apartments will be required to show proof that pets are allowed. This can be provided in the form of a lease, phone number of a leasing office, landlord, super or property website.
- If you currently have a pet, a vet reference will be required.
- Some adoptions can be done same-day. Others may take more time to complete.
You may print and fill out the Adoption Application ahead of time, but we can only accept applications in person. Please DO NOT MAIL OR FAX it in.
Be sure to check out our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.
Animal Haven does accept owner relinquishments from the public.
Cats and dogs will be given a thorough behavioral and medical evaluation prior to admission.
Animal Haven does not accept animals with a history of aggression or biting.
Animal Haven reserves the right to refuse any animal. Appointments are required to surrender an animal.
Please call 212.274.8511 or Contact Us for more information or to make an appointment. Please note that dogs and cats must pass a behavior and medical evaluation before admitted.
Board of Directors
as of September 2019
(all independent voting members)
Amy Campbell Chairman
Jane Wagman Vice Chair
Bob Flanagan Treasurer
Andrew Simon Secretary
R. Scott Ornstein
(this is a non-voting group)
Archie Gottesman (Emeritus)
(this is a non-voting group)
Carol Anne Riddell
Stephanie von Watzdorf
President and Executive Director
Development & Administration
Director of Community Engagement
Director of Marketing
Operations & Programming
Director of Operations
Director of Animal Care
Training & Kennel Manager/Program Coordinator
Training & Kennel Associate/Program Coordinator
Lead Cattery Technician/Kennel Technician
Dr. Michael Berman, DVM
Animal Haven has a Conflict of Interest Policy
Board members and staff notify all board members of any perceived or potential conflicts of interest and abstain from voting on any issues where a conflict of interest has been determined to exist.
Animal Haven has a Whistleblower Policy
If any employee reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of Animal Haven is in violation of law, a written complaint must be filed by that employee with the Executive Director or the Board President. It is the intent of Animal Haven to adhere to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization and the underlying purpose of this policy is to support the organization’s goal of legal compliance. The support of all employees is necessary to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations. An employee is protected from retaliation only if the employee brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy, or practice to the attention of Animal Haven and provides the Animal Haven with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. The protection described below is only available to employees that comply with this requirement. Animal Haven will not retaliate against an employee who in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of Animal Haven, or of another individual or entity with whom Animal Haven has a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law, or a clear mandate of public policy. Animal Haven will not retaliate against employees who disclose or threaten to disclose to a supervisor or a public body, any activity, policy, or practice of Animal Haven that the employee reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule, or regulation mandated pursuant to law or is in violation of a clear mandate of public policy concerning.
Animal Haven has an Executive Director Compensation Policy
The salary of the Executive Director is determined by the Board of Directors. Any change in this salary must be presented and voted on by the Board. Decisions are only made by a majority vote.
Animal Haven does not share, sell or rent donor information. Donor information is only used to communicate with donors via email, mail and phone. Donors are always offered the opportunity to remove their name from our list.
Animal Haven is an authorized shelter by the State of New York Department of Agriculture and Markets as a New York State Registered Shelter/Rescue (Registration No. RR086)