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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 are always in need of a variety of items necessary for the daily operations of our clinic, Vladimir Horowitz / Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center, and administrative office.

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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 grace our 
"Rowsby Dog Pavilion"

One of many HSNY Outreach Visits

Humane Society of New York's most recent visit to the Hebrew Home for the Aged was May 2014. It was a day enjoyed by all. For more images of our visits
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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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Introducing a beautiful new book
of photographs
which benefits the Humane Society of New York by the well-known international photographer
Rachael Hale McKenna.

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HSNY at the 16th Annual Broadway Barks. Once again, the Broadway Theatre Community came together to find homes for the animals of New York.

This little dog has done nothing wrong but be in the hands of someone who abused the privilege of having an animal...

To follow Little Lowell's journey of recovery through our photo documentation click here

Latest Report
Little Lowell recovered from eye surgery. Due to a weak immune system, he had to be treated for a severe fungal infection of the skin. Little Lowell has gained 6 pounds, and with time his hair is growing, his strength and enjoyment for life is returning. We so appreciate the donations that have come in for his care. Thank you to all. We will have another update soon.

If you would like to contribute to his well-being, please make a donation

Just days after Little Lowell was found abandoned, the police found yet another dog...

Read the stories here

Photo by Richard Phibbs

Unfortunately, anyone can buy an animal whether they are qualified or not. Sometimes the impulse to stop and connect with those faces in the window is just too much, and puppies are purchased for all the wrong reasons.

Most often these animals are from puppy mills, shipped to pet stores all over the country. Little if anything is known about the puppies’ backgrounds, medical or otherwise.

“That dog is from a shelter?” We hear that all the time. Every dog can be a shelter dog. No matter the breed, age, or popularity, all dogs that are ultimately unwanted can end up in a shelter.

Clemmie, the poodle mix, came with “papers,” a microchip and a chronic cough. The store told “Elaine” that all puppies have kennel cough, and that it would clear up as she got older and received all her shots.

After only five days Elaine realized that her life was just too busy to properly look after a puppy. The housebreaking wasn’t working – the puppy barked and whimpered all night and neither one of them got any sleep. Clemmie was still coughing, but then she remembered the pet shop told her that was normal.

Her brother said he would take the puppy. He lived only a few blocks away, so they could share the responsibility. That lasted two weeks. In addition to the barking and coughing, Clemmie now had diarrhea. Elaine called the pet shop for advice, and was told “We can only give you a credit, not a refund. Make sure you bring it back before thirty days.”

“Bring it back”? She couldn’t get that phrase out of her head. At a friend’s suggestion, she contacted the Humane Society of New York and asked if she could surrender the puppy to us.

When Elaine brought Clemmie in she was shocked to learn that it was not kennel cough -- she was seriously ill with pneumonia. “I keep thinking about all those other puppies in the window with Clemmie. Maybe they were sick, too. What becomes of all these animals?”

Clemmie had gone from the puppy mill to the pet shop. From the pet shop to Elaine. From Elaine to her brother. From the brother back to Elaine. And now to us. At just nine weeks old she was now in her sixth “home.” Sadly, that’s not at all uncommon. If you can meet their asking price, where these animals ultimately end up is of no concern to the merchants that sell them in this “throw-away” society.

She was such a good-natured little dog. It is very hard on a puppy to be confined to strict cage rest. All the X-rays, blood tests, treatments, multiple medications – it was a lot for a young one to go through.

After two months of intensive care, she was finally well. Clemmie has been adopted. Her seventh home.

Felix and Miracle during playtime in the Adoption Center

Several neighbors telephoned the police to report barking coming from the abandoned house. No one had lived there for years, but somehow a dog got in or was left there. When the officers arrived they saw the little dog curled up with two puppies. The mother dog looked to be in terrible shape: matted, thin and filthy. They were huddled and shivering together on the cold floor with no food or water. All three were brought to the Society.

The mother was in such poor health we had to separate her from her puppies. Our staff bottle fed the pups until they started to eat on their own.

Miracle was only about a year old. She liked people, but it was obvious that she hadn’t been socialized with other dogs. She wouldn’t start a fight, but she would become nervous and barked angrily if another dog approached her.

Her small size and floppy ears appealed to many people looking for a dog just like her to take to the dog park. Or play with their friends’ dogs. But that life was not for Miracle. Until the right situation came along we wanted to make her life as stress-free as possible; after her initial medical care we settled her in a quiet area with cats. Dogs and cats can often live together in harmony. Sure enough, Miracle didn’t bark at them and seemed very content.

Felix was a Hurricane Sandy rescue kitten. We got him right after the storm, when he was just three weeks old. He needed a lot of treatment for many ailments, including a broken leg. Surgery was not an option for a kitten that young, so we treated him and patiently waited for it to heal. In the meantime he lived on the adoption floor, near Miracle.

Whenever Miracle was let out of her pen she immediately ran over to visit Felix. Felix would start to groom her and Miracle would run away, quickly return, and bow down to him. For the first time in her life our “Miracle on 59th Street” was having fun.

Miracle liked all of the cats, but no one as much as Felix. They would visit on and off for a period of time each day. After his leg was fully mended they would often play until they were both exhausted, and sometimes they’d take a little nap. We hoped that we would meet someone who would adopt them together. Then we met Jean, who had just lost her senior dog; her cat had passed away three months earlier. She had seen Miracle’s picture and was interested in adopting her.

When we let Miracle out of her pen, she, as usual, ran around the corner to visit Felix. Jean started laughing and asked about their history. When she saw them interact with one another she felt that she couldn’t take one home without the other.

5 months later… returning to visit for their checkup, they sat for a portrait by visiting New Zealand photographer, Rachael Hale McKenna

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

Ben & Jerry’s Core Tour Ice Cream Truck visited the Humane Society of New York providing ice cream for the staff and clients in attendance.

A Flat Coated Retriever mix was brought to HSNY from a kill shelter when she was going to be put to sleep because she had heartworm.

HSNY named her Beauty. On intake, we found her to be very debilitated and we have taken time to build her up. Beauty has been on a heartworm treatment protocol and we are preparing her for the injections which begin on July 15th.

Beauty has a lovely nature and we are all pulling for her.

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.

In Memory of Stuart
1979 - 2013

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The Importance of Elephants to our world: please view.

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.
Click here for his latest photos of theSociety's adoption animals

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 its 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.

Watch Gladys as she is reunited with her mate

Watch Gladys and George return to the flock together

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, & 2013 Beer for Beasts events, that have helped thousands
of animals.
Click here for information about Beer for Beasts 2014