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Rescued Pet Wellness Package:
Contribute to the care of a stray cat or dog with a $250 "Rescued Pet Wellness Package" at the Humane Society of New York. Upon arrival, the animal receives an examination by a veterinarian, neutering, and all inoculations and tests necessary to prepare the pet for adoption. Donors will receive a photo and bio of their sponsored pet.
Contact: Anne-Marie Karash, 212.752.4842
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"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

Henry Beston from The Outermost House

The HSNY earns
Seal of Excellence

Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.


Supporters should know that efficient management (by a superior staff of professionals working with a non-salaried President, Board of Directors and volunteers) allows an impressive 100% of all monies raised to go directly into program activities.

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HSNY is a founding board member of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals

HSNY is Proud to Have Been Green for Many Years

Rowsby Dog Pavilion
The Alpha Workshop original murals now grace our 
"Rowsby Dog Pavilion"

One of many HSNY Outreach Visits

A Humane Society of New York visit to the Hebrew Home for the Aged. For more images, click here.

Mayor's proclamation declaring "Humane Society of New York Centennial Day."

Bill Berloni Wins a Tony

Lambert Kay and Arm & Hammer® Present the 2003 Shelter of the Year Award to the Humane Society of New York At Dog World's 49th Annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards.

Lyme disease is a serious illness that affects both people and animals. Please speak to your veterinarian to make sure your cats and dogs are protected. Again, this is a very serious, potentially life-threatening illness.
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In Memory of Stuart
1979 - 2013

Read the Whole Story

He came in with only a number. The Shepherd mix was in a kill-shelter on the list to be euthanized. We took him, along with five other dogs, whose time was up as well. Our staff named him Sprout.

His medical workup showed he was ill with heartworm disease. After a lengthy treatment period, we then allowed him to be adopted. He will come back to us regularly for checkups to make sure he remains clear of heartworm.

We found him to be a loving gentle animal with a beautiful temperament, who, happily, we were able to help and send on his way to a loving home.

The story below is of a pet shop purchase that assigned a little puppy to a very cruel existence.

“You need to come pick up this dog before my foster child really hurts her.”

That was the first thing our adoption director heard when she answered her phone. The dog was a five year-old Maltese, and the foster child was seven. When asked why the boy was allowed to openly hurt the dog, the foster mother’s reply was, “Well you can’t expect me to watch him all the time.”

“Galia” had been her dog in Florida before she moved to New York, and used to have access to a back yard and fresh air. But since relocating a little over a year ago to Queens, Galia wasn’t allowed outside. Ever. Her owner didn’t want the little white dog to bring any dirt into her apartment. So Galia was trapped inside. We were told that the dog endured being kicked, punched and chased by an out-of-control child.

According to the foster parent, “She is so good; she just sits there when he hurts her.” She never retaliated. We went to pick up the dog right away.

Galia was shaking when we met her and her owner outside their apartment building. She didn’t have a collar or leash. But she just sat there, not daring to move an inch. As the surrender form was being signed, the foster child ran out and Galia immediately dropped and rolled on her back, clearly used to the mistreatment, and became submissive. We quickly scooped her up and held her close during the ride back.

The first night she wasn’t interested in food or water, and just shook as she faced the back of her cage. We spoke to her gently and gave her some soft stuffed animals to cuddle with. Gradually over the next several weeks she seemed brighter and really got excited when we took her outside. Galia loved being walked after having been confined for so long, and was fascinated by her first encounter with a city pigeon.

Galia licked her front paws incessantly, causing her white fur to turn rust-colored. It was probably a habit she developed to relieve stress, but it lessened in time. What didn’t lessen was her constant submissive state of dropping on her back whenever anyone approached her. Whenever she did that, we didn’t reward her by petting her. But when she was up on all fours, she was praised with positive reinforcement.

Galia’s wounds were not visible; they will never completely heal. But she has been adopted to a quiet, singleperson home, where she is the center of the woman’s life. They bring much joy to one another.

“The cat walked right under my son’s foot! I thought they were supposed to be smarter than that.”

His owner told us that her twelve-year-old accidentally stepped on the cat’s head a few days earlier. The cat, just a kitten, was about six weeks old.

Upon examination we found his tiny mouth agape. He was unable to close his mouth or chew any food. When he tried to drink water, it just dribbled down his chest.

“I’m sticking to dogs from now on,” the owner said, “I don’t want to pay for all this! You better take him because I have better things to do with my time and money than take care of some cat.” We took in the little orange kitten and named him “Sweet Baby James.”

A full seventy-two hours earlier James suffered a degloving injury, meaning the skin on his chin became separated from his jaw, completely exposing the bone. Infection had set in, so the area had to be thoroughly flushed and debrided. James required delicate surgery; our board-certified avian surgeon, used to operating on tiny creatures, carefully sutured his skin back in place.

For many days James had to be hand-fed with a syringe and the area cleaned after every meal. A catheter was inserted in his leg so he could readily get pain medication and IV fluids. To keep him from scratching he had to wear a plastic cone around his head at all times. It was a lot for a little fellow to go through.

Four months is a very young age to qualify for a second chance at life. A kitten is so vulnerable to begin with. Thankfully this little one recovered.

“Brownie” hadn’t eaten in two days. It was obvious to our doctor that he was severely dehydrated; his gums were so pale they looked almost white. Blood work showed that he was anemic, but it was x-rays that confirmed the diagnosis. Brownie had four pennies lodged in his stomach. As the pennies dissolve, the zinc starts to destroy red blood cells. Just one penny could poison a dog to death. His owner was stunned when we told her -- she couldn’t imagine how he got them.

Surgery was successful. He spent a few days recuperating with us and, to his owner’s relief, went home with pain medication and antibiotics.

Six weeks later Brownie’s owner found him lying on his side. When he didn’t want to eat or go outside, she knew it was serious. She brought him right in.

We could see that again, his gums were pale. His urine was a brownish orange color. Given his recent history we took him right in to be x-rayed. This time he had a total of twenty-one coins that needed to come out.

So our doctors opted to remove the coins by endoscopy, which is a less-invasive, nonsurgical procedure. As he recovered with us, his owner was at home unraveling the mystery of what was happening to her dog. When she was giving her daughter a snack, the little child piped up, “Brownie wants a snack too. He likes pennies.”

The mother was beside herself. She found out that her three-year-old was feeding Brownie coins, cookies and whatever else she could find. “It’s all my fault – I promised her a puppy if she was a good girl. I had no idea that this was happening.” She asked if we would please accept Brownie in our shelter and find him a new home. She was worried for his safety, as well as for her daughter; she couldn’t watch her 24/7, she said.

Growing up with an animal can and should be a wonderful, positive experience. But pets should not be used as a reward for good behavior. Nor should they be given as “surprise” gifts.

Parents have to be responsible when bringing an animal into their home. So many pets become victims in the wrong environment. Because sometimes children hurt animals. Sometimes not by accident. Sadly, we see cases like this all too often.

No one will forget the terrible storm that affected our area. Three days after it hit we were still barely functioning. A group of our devoted doctors, staff and volunteers, who were able to get to us, walked, fed, medicated and cared for the 200-plus animals that are under our roof on any given day. As a resource seven days a week, we fielded hundreds of calls, helping guide and direct people.

The aftermath was painful for so many. We heard from people who were struggling for food and medication for their pets. We got calls from families that were forced to relocate to shelters or other living circumstances that didn’t allow animals. We set up temporary cages and took in pets for boarding. When circumstances improved and transportation was up and running, we drove to some of the hardest-hit areas and distributed food and supplies, and people were able to bring their pets to us for care. We helped whenever possible. But not every outcome was good. “Jane” was one such case.

Jane was not well before the hurricane, having been diagnosed with cancer. But she was grateful for her good days and her four cats. Whenever her illness and its treatment caused her to feel depressed, it was her feline friends that kept her spirits up. “They didn’t care if I wore my wig or not,” she laughed.

Jane lived alone in an area that wasn’t in an official “evacuation zone,” so she felt fairly safe just buying bottled water and extra flashlights. But as it turned out, Jane’s house was in the direct eye of the storm. When water started seeping in her windows and under her door, she told us that she threw down towels and started mopping, but it was a losing race.

Soon the force of the wind and water burst through her front windows. In the darkness she frantically tried to gather her cats and hold on to them. The water was rising and Jane climbed onto her dining room table struggling to keep her cats in her arms. But it was too much for her.

Daylight came and Jane was still on her table, shaking. Miraculously, she survived. Her beloved cats had not. Her outside cats, the feral ones, were also victims. This was one of the most difficult calls we ever had to take. We offered our support and comfort, and quietly arranged to pick up her cats for cremation. Her grief was overwhelming.

“Everything else is replaceable. A couch. A lamp. But my cats….they were my family. Thank you for taking my call and helping me through this. I was so very vulnerable, and you made me feel less alone.”


Our wish for all animals, everywhere, is a safe place to lay their heads at night.
--Virginia Chipurnoi, President


Introducing a beautiful new book
of photographs
which benefits the Humane Society of New York by the well know intenational photographer
Rachael Hale McKenna.

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Stanley is twelve years old. He is deaf. And someone left him alone outside in this freezing weather. A kind lady heard a rustling when she put her garbage out. Stanley was trying to break through a bag to get something to eat.

Stanley has a heart of gold.

Thank you to all those who donated towards Stanley's rehabilitaion.

Happily now Stanley has been adopted. Here he is helping one of his family memers do his homework.

Humane Society of New York


Marilyn Monroe "Ballerina" Sitting,
1952 New York City
Photographed by Milton H. Greene
©2013 Joshua Greene www.archiveimages.com

Fourth Benefit
Photography Auction, held on
Thursday, June 13, 2013, was happily a great success.

The money raised will provide much needed care for the city's neediest animals.

The Importance of Elephants to our world: please view.

In the aftermath of the storms and the combined severe weather, this has been an extremely difficult time for people and for animals. We are doing our best to medically treat, house, care for and rescue ill and displaced animals that need our care, at the Society's hospital and beyond, within our capabilities. In the coming days, we expect to see even more people and their animals in need, and we will be here helping them, seven days a week. We would appreciate any donations toward our effort.

One Year Later...
An Update on Two of Our Rescues From Hurricane Sandy

Edgar, a five-year-old Coton de Tulear mix, was found abandoned shortly before Superstorm Sandy struck Long Island. Luckily he was surrendered to a shelter before the streets swelled up with water and the destruction began.

The shelter, like so many, was overwhelmed with animals, most of them sick, and they were running out of cage space. When gasoline became available, we drove out in our van to help them with the many animals left to fend for themselves. Edgar immediately got our attention.

This poor dog was suffering from a severe skin condition. His little body had very little hair left from all of his scratching and gnawing to relieve the itching. He was bleeding in several places.

Our doctors diagnosed him with a staph infection and severe allergies. Multiple tests were done to pinpoint the exact causes, but in the meantime he had to wear a protective collar and doggie tee-shirts to protect his vulnerable skin.

After months of care and rehabilitation, Edgar's skin was less irritated and his hair started to grow back in. His condition was finally stabilized by special medicated baths, low-allergen food and one daily medication. That was good news to the family that came into our Vladimir Horowitz/Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center!

After several visits with our adoption director, we knew that Edgar had found the perfect home. And by the look of this photo, Edgar is indeed living happily ever after.

Felix was only three weeks old when he, too, wound up in the same shelter. His leg had suffered some sort of injury, either struck by a car or by physical cruelty.

Once he was brought back to the Society, he got a complete examination. His leg was broken but surgery wasn't an option for the tiny kitten. He also had an upper respiratory infection and was very dehydrated. We bandaged his leg and put him on complete cage rest.

Felix is healed and happy as can be with his best friend, Miracle the terrier. They romp and play until they are both exhausted! Felix still has some nasal congestion issues, but he doesn't let that stop him for a minute.

Our holiday wish? That the right homes come along for both Felix and Miracle, and it would be wonderful if they could both go together.


Our work in 1928
in the NY Times

Don't forget that your horse also suffers from the heat and should be watered often. The Humane Society of New York establishes stations throughout New York City and Brooklyn, where drivers may secure pails and water without charge of any kind. Light summer bridles are also placed free of charge on horses whose owner's cannot afford to buy them. The above photo shows a work horse being watered at one of the Society's stations. He is wearing the Society's summer bridle.

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Toby and Lafayette photographed by our good friend Richard Phibbs in the HSNY Adoption Center.
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Adoptable Animals

Richard Phibbs many photo shoots with HSNY adoption animals have created lovely portraits. These photos have been seen all over the world, inspiring shelters everywhere to do the same. Click here for the article on Richard Phibbs’ latest photographs of our dogs and cats looking for homes in Italian magazine AMICA.
“Witnessing Phibbs and his crew devote equal effort to the shelter and it’s animals - clients who couldn't even begin to generate the kind of fees Phibbs talent commands... told the story best. If anyone needed Phibbs’ caliber of PR and an eye towards revealing a soul’s inner beauty- it was the loyal animals who had suffered from their human’s misfortunes. These former family pets needed a head shot and a good publicist –Phibbs provided both.” – Dr. Pia Salk who was there for one of the Phibbs’ photo shoots

There are too many animals who have no home to go to and will never have a home to go to. Please neuter and don't breed.

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Dr. Shachar Malka, DVM, Diplomate ABVP(Avian) provides care for a wide range of companion pets including birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs and other exotics.

Dr. Malka is a member of AAV, AEMV, ARAV and AAZV.

Dr. Malka treated George, the swan, for a bacterial infection.

After medical care, he was able to return to his mate, Gladys, and the sanctuary

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Carriage Horse Retirement Program
For several years now, the Humane Society of New York has had a program to help place retiring carriage horses. For information about our carriage horse adoption program, click here.

HSNY Canvas Zippered Tote

This sturdy, 100% cotton canvas tote has a beautiful illustration by world-renowned pet portraitist, Mimi vang Olsen. The tote features a zippered, inside pocket as well as a zip-top closure, keeping all of your valuables safe and secure. $20.00 incl. shipping

Thank you so much to Shane and Sixpoint-Brewery for the funds raised at the 2011 & 2012 Beer for Beasts events, that have helped so many animals.
Click here for information about Beer for Beasts 2013