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New York Metro FAQs

Questions about Animal League's local involvement or local adoptions? Find answers here.  

Q: I can no longer care for my dog or cat and would like to place him/her up for adoption. Will the Animal League care for my pet and help find a new loving home for him/her?


Please call (516) 883-7575 and speak with one of our representatives. NSALA is a limited admission no-kill facility, which means once we admit an animal, we care for them until we find them a home. This distinction also limits how many pets we can accept based on the space available in our shelter.  Our counselors can explain this in more detail, so please call us and we will help if we can.   

Q: I am interested in adopting an animal listed on your website. Who do I contact for more information?


We have many animals available for adoption and receive many inquiries about these pets. If you live in the area, we suggest that you come down and visit us.  We are open 7 days a week from 10am - 9pm.  If you have a specific question that you would like answered prior to coming to see us, please email us at or call us at (516) 883-7575.

Q: I am interested in a specific breed of dog or cat. Does North Shore Animal League America frequently have purebred animals available for adoption?


Most animals at the Animal League are mixed breed animals, but from time-to-time, we do have pure breeds.  These animals are usually adopted quickly so please visit or call for more information.

Q: Are dogs and cats in shelters healthy?


At the Animal League, we carefully screen animals for serious health and behavior issues.

Q: Are shelter animals well-adjusted?


Even with the best-behaved animal, you should expect a period of adjustment as your pet becomes used to its new home, family, and routine.  No animal, no matter where it comes from, is problem-free or comes with a health and behavior guarantee, but if you're prepared to provide your new family pet with some time, training, and patience, your reward will be a loving friend and companion.

Q: Do shelters really have purebred animals for adoption?


It's estimated that about 25% of the animals in shelters nationwide are purebred. If you are interested in a specific breed, ask to have your contact information placed on our waiting list of people interested in purebred animals. Come visit the shelter, you may be able to find an animal that has traits that are similar to those of the breed you have in mind.

Q: Aren't all shelter animals discarded pets?


Many of the animals at the Animal League are puppies and kittens that are just starting their lives. Older dogs and cats may have had previous owners, and in most cases these wonderful pets were relinquished to us simply because their owners moved. Many adult pets have already been exposed to house-breaking and obedience training. Remember, too, that companion animals are remarkably adaptable and have a boundless capacity for love. Just because an animal has lived with someone else first, doesn't mean they won't make a wonderful companion for you!

Q: Is it difficult to adopt from the shelter?


Every shelter has its own policies for approving adoptions. Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person, one that's prepared to make a lifelong commitment.  An important part of the adoption process is to match the life-style and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat being considered. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, please try to remember that our first priority is to consider every animal's best interests.