What follows is a listing of low-cost services in the New York City area. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but is intended to give pet owners a sense of the range of resources available to those in need of pet assistance.
1. ASPCA Services
ASPCA Mobile Clinic (877) 772-9692: The ASPCA offers free and low-cost spay/neuter services throughout the five boroughs, targeting the most underserved communities via a mobile spay/neuter van. For more information on cost and logistics, check the website: aspca.org/nyc/aspca-mobile-spayneuter-clinic
2. Humane Society of New York, (212) 752-4840
The Humane Society of New York offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals by appointment: humanesocietyny.org/about/services.php
3. The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine, (212) 501-8750
The Center offers a monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinic for small mammals. For information on dates and logistics: avianandexoticvets.com/spay-neuter-programs
4. Toby Project (212) 799-1120
The Toby Project operates a mobile spay/neuter clinic in various locations throughout New York City. For dates and locations: tobyproject.org/services
5. Spay/Neuter Certificate Programs
Low-cost spay/neuter certificates can be used at participating vets—check the websites below for vets in your neighborhood:
Friends of Animals (800) 321-7387, friendsofanimals.org/spay_neuter_certificate_information
Muffin’s Pet Connection (718) 833-7988 muffins.org/spay.htm
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Manhattan: 632 Broadway (212) 475-0893
Manhattan: 517 E 117th St. (212) 534-2590
Brooklyn: 238 Atlantic Ave. (718) 852-2519
Nassau County: 4 West Circle. (516) 561-2418
Staten Island: 1520 Forest Ave. (718) 273- 3874
2. Luv My Pet
Multiple locations; call or check website for specific dates/locations for mobile clinics occurring throughout NYC
3. Humane Society of New York, (212) 752-4842
Low-Cost Medical Care
Humane Society of NY, (212) 752-4842
ADDITIONAL MEDICAL RESOURCES
The following resources exist but they are not necessarily free or low-cost.
Emergency Vet Care (not low-cost)
These animal medical offices are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Costs for emergency care can escalate quickly – see ** information below about a healthcare credit assistance plan
Animal Medical Center, 510 E. 62nd Street, (212) 838-8100
Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, 424 E. 92nd Street, (212) 876-7700
Animal Specialty Center, 9 Odell Plaza, Yonkers, NY, (914) 457-4000
Blue Pearl Emergency Services:
Manhattan: 410 West 55th Street (212) 767-0099
Brooklyn: 32 4th Avenue (718) 596-0099
Queens: 107-28 71st Road (718) 263-0099
**Care Credit is a credit card specifically for healthcare treatments for families and their pets. The interest rates with this service can be quite high, but it is an option if a pet requires emergency services that a pet owner might not be able to afford otherwise. carecredit.com
American Academy of Pet Grooming: 202 E. 25th Street, NY, NY, (212) 686-3890 aaopg.com/about.htm
Grooming 4 Less: 50 Gouverneur Street #2C, New York, NY, (646) 431-8043 grooming4less.com/
In New York City, boarding pets can get expensive quickly. Facilities can cost from $25-$75 per day, based on the species and size. In addition, most businesses require pets to be up-to-date on vaccinations, which can add additional costs. Before exploring boarding for clients, social workers should work to engage family members, friends, or neighbors to foster or pet sit, whenever possible.
Pet Help Partners, (917) 468-2938 offers linkages to low-cost boarding facilities that can be arranged as an alternative to pet relinquishment. There may be a requirement to pre-pay. For more information: humanesociety.org/animal_community/shelters/pets_help_partners.html
Legal Assistance for Pet Owners Regarding NYCHA:
Darryl Vernon, Esq. Vernon & Ginsburg (212) 949-7300 ext. 201
Legal Action for Animals (718) 544-0605
Karen Copeland, Esq. Greenberg & Merola (212) 593-6111
MFY Legal Services mfy.org (212) 417-3700
Surrender Prevention and Pet Food Resources
Pet Help Partners, (917) 468-2938
NY Animal Relief Fund, arf-ny.org, (917) 361-3090
Prince Chunk Foundation, princechunkfoundation.org/pet-food-assistance.php, (856) 302-6373
Pets of the Homeless, petsofthehomeless.org, (775) 841-7463
Pet Food Stamps, petfoodstamps.org, (845) 875-9545
Most local livery cab companies will allow owners to bring their pets in the car at little or no extra-charge. When booking a car be sure to ask about their requirements.
Most pet taxis are booked in advance and require reservations. Pet parents can expect to pay between $25 – $70 per ride. There may be additional costs associated with the size of the pet.
New/Developing Programs Bridging Human Welfare & Animal Welfare
Domestic Violence Co-sheltering Program
Urban Resource Institute has established a co-sheltering program ensuring safety for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Urban Resource Institute People and Animals Living Safely (URI PALS), Call (888) 279-2211, or go to: urinyc.org/domestic-violence/pals/
ASPCA’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Program offers non-criminal intervention and education for animal hoarders and others requiring assistance regarding pet care. Call (212) 876-7700, ext. 4490, or go to: aspca.org/fight-cruelty/aspca-cruelty-intervention-advocacy-program
Pet Friendly Rehabilitation Centers
Schervier Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, Bronx, NY, has established a program allowing pets for patients in the rehabilitation program. Call (718) 548-1700, or go to: scherviercares.org
Programs for the Elderly and Others Needing Pet Assistance
These programs have all been developed to help pet owners keep their pets despite illness or physical limitations. Volunteers are matched with seniors in need of pet assistance in their homes.
PAWS NY (pawsny.org) addresses dog walking and additional pet care needed by seniors and vulnerable members in the community. Volunteers help out in a number of ways to strengthen the bond between the person and the pet. Referrals can be made by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Search and Care’s Pet and Elder Empowerment Project (searchandcare.org) addresses the needs of Search and Care clients who are pet owners.
Sunnyside Community Services scsny.org matches elderly clients in Queens with volunteers to help with pet care.
JASA PETS Project (jasa.org/volunteering/volunteering-pets) addresses the needs of Manhattan-based elderly clients with pets.