Thank you for choosing to adopt with Rescue City!

Before you complete the adoption application, please consider the time, effort and funds necessary to properly maintain an animal. Responsible pet ownership requires a commitment to provide care and companionship for the life of the animal.

Our priority is to place our rescues in permanent loving homes, as they have already been through enough before coming into our program. As we aim to situate each animal in the appropriate home, our adoption application helps us learn more about you, your home and your level of experience:

Our Adoption Process:


Step One

Complete and submit an adoption application and non-refundable $10 Application Fee. Since all of our dogs are in foster homes, we set up meet and greets only once there is an approved application on file.


Step Two

The adoptions team will review your completed application. We will contact your references, landlord and/or veterinarian (if any).


Step Three

Approved applicants will be will be contacted for a phone interview/virtual home visit.


Step Four

Meet and greet with your potential new dog! All members of the household (and resident dogs) must be able to travel to NYC for the interaction. We currently approve adoptions in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. We approve adoptions in other nearby states on a case by case basis.


Step Five

Sign your adoption agreement and take your new family member home!

Important Information to Know Before Applying to Adopt

The adoption fees are as follows:

Puppies (Up to 2 Year Old): $550
Dogs (2 – 5 years): $450
Dogs (6+ years): $350

What does the adoption fee donation cover?

The adoption donation fee covers all necessary vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, parasite treatment/preventatives, cost of supplies for food, shelter, transport and comfort while under the care of Rescue City, and additional medical or behavioral resources when necessary (x-rays, cardiograms, training, etc.).

Adopters are responsible for a $20 annual microchip registration fee with Home Again Company.

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.

If we have found you the right match, please be prepared to take your new dog home. When submitting your adoption application you must be willing and able to take the dog home ASAP. All of our rescue animals are in foster homes and we are unable to place any animal on hold while any application is being processed. We appreciate your enthusiasm about welcoming a rescue into your family, but please make sure you do not have any financial commitments, upcoming long term travel plans or lifestyle changes that may affect your ability to do so. If now is not the right time, please only apply when you are ready.



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On behalf of the entire Rescue City Team, THANK YOU for your help and interest in supporting our pets in need!


Last month we saved LEVI, a stray GSD found unable to walk; his symptoms appeared similar to vestibular disease. We rushed LEVI to Sheepshead Bay Veterinary Group for a proper diagnosis – where he tested positive for heartworm. Next was AMC, after several specialty consults, extensive neurological testing, X-Rays, an echocardiogram, MRI and spinal tap – we got the heartbreaking news

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