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Animal Haven FAQ's

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 251 Centre Street, New York, NY (Between Broome and Grand) until October 31, 2015.  Our new location will be 200 Centre Street just two blocks south and will open in January 2016. 

3) What are the closest subways?
You may take the 4, 5, or 6 to SPRING Street, the N, R, Q, W to CANAL or the B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette. For detailed directions from your home to Animal Haven, please visit  

4) What are your hours?
Noon to 7:00pm, Monday-Friday
11am to 6pm, Weekends
If you are coming to meet animals for adoption, you must arrive at least an hour before closing.

5) What is your adoption process?
When you meet an animal you like, you will fill out an APPLICATION.
We ask for a personal reference, (this can be a family member, friend, employer) that can attest to your ability to care for a pet. If you rent, we ask for your building information to make sure you are allowed to have cats or dogs in your apartment. This information can be in the form of a lease, the phone number of a leasing office, landlord, super or property website. If you currently have 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.

Cat adoptions are usually same day.  Dogs may take a few days.

6) Are there fees to adopt?

Yes. Adoption Fees are:

  • $150 per cat
  • $175 per kitten or $250 per pair
  • $250 per dog (includes collar and leash)
  • Puppies under the age of 1 year are $350.

Fee covers spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchip.

7) How do I volunteer?
Please visit the volunteer section of our website.

8) 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.

9) Do you take donations of sheets, blankets, bowls, food, etc?
Yes we do. The only things we cannot use are open bags of food, open/expired medication, pillows, large comforters or anything with down filing. We also DO NOT USE PET STROLLERS. Anything else you’d like to donate you many bring in during any of our shelter hours. Another great way to donate much needed supplies is though our wish list.

10) 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.

11) 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 ask school groups to make a tax-deductible donation of $100 (or the equivalent in supplies). If you would like to organize a school trip, please Contact Us to set-up a visit.  


If you have a question that is not addressed here, please Contact Us for me information.