1) What is Animal Haven?
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 organization.
2) Where is Animal Haven located?
We are located at 200 Centre Street at the corner of Hester Street.
3) What are the closest subways?
The closest subway lines are the N, Q, R, W, J, Z, or 6 to CANAL. You may also take the B, D to GRAND Street or the F, M to Broadway-Lafayette.
4) What are your hours?
Animal Haven visiting hours are by appointment only. We ask that potential adopters have an idea of what they are looking to adopt prior to making an appointment in order to streamline visits. Please check out our adoptable animals and then submit an adoption inquiry to make an appointment to visit our animals. Appointments are available between Tuesday-Fridays.
5) What is your adoption process?
When you see an animal on our website that you like, you should submit an inquiry to get the process started. You will then be connected with an adoptions counselor who can tell you more about the animal or schedule an appointment to come meet them! In general, you’ll fill out our adoption application after meeting with the animal at our facility. 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. For dog adopters, we ask for your building information to make sure you are allowed to have dogs in your apartment. This information can be in the form of a lease, phone number of a leasing office, landlord, super, or property website. If you currently have or previously had a pet, we ask for your vet’s information.
If you are looking to adopt a dog, we ask that all members of the household be present to meet the dog (or will be able to come down to meet the dog at some point). This includes other dogs in the household. We want the dogs’ first meeting to be in the safety of the shelter with our staff present.
Some cat adoptions can be processed same-day. Dogs may take a few days.
Adopters must provide proof of vaccination or wear a mask while at our facility.
6) Are there fees to adopt?
Yes. Adoption Fees are:
- $175 per cat
- $200 per kitten or $300 per pair (Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One)
- $295 per dog (includes collar and leash)
- $395 per dog under 1 year (includes collar and leash)
- $450 per puppy 4 months and under (includes collar and leash)
8) Do you have a foster program?
We do utilize fosters for some of our animals, including neonatal (bottle-baby) kittens. Our fosters are recruited from within our shelter volunteers. If you’re interested in fostering for Animal Haven, please visit the volunteer section of our website and sign up to become a volunteer.
9) How do I relinquish a dog or cat?
Please visit the Contact Us section of our website to send a message to our Intake Department.
10) Do you take donations of pet supplies?
Yes, we can accept certain pet supplies. We’re able to accept wet dog/cat food, wee-wee pads, linens (towels, sheets, blankets are great – please no pillows, dog beds, or comforters), new dog/cat toys, and unopened dog/cat treats. We’re currently unable to accept opened dry food, leashes, harnesses, collars, cat litter/litter boxes, medication, animal clothing, used toys, food bowls. Please contact us to set-up an appointment to drop of donations; we are not accepting walk-in donations at this time. Another great way to donate much-needed supplies is through our Amazon.com wish list.
11) Is Animal Haven a “no-kill” shelter?
Animal Haven will never euthanize for space or time. Adoptable animals will stay in our care for as long as it takes to get them adopted or placed in a more suitable rescue or foster situation.
12) Can I bring students to Animal Haven for a school trip?
Due to the fact that we are such a small shelter with limited time and resources, we cannot accommodate school group visits. Click here to learn more about how kids can help shelter animals.
13) My pet is lost. What do I do?
We recommend alerting the community via the Shadow, a free app for reuniting lost and found dogs. They offer free support and tools like instant flyer creation and constantly updated listings of all found dogs in the area. We also recommend calling around to your local shelters and rescues to see if your pet has been brought in. Social media is also a great tool for spreading the word.
13) I found a dog. Can you help me find the owner?
Yes, please call us at 212-274-8511. We will arrange a time for you to bring the dog into Animal Haven during business hours and we can scan for a microchip. In the meantime, you can alert local volunteers and owners through Shadow, a free app for reuniting lost and found dogs.
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please Contact Us for more information.