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Reasons to Choose Pet Adoption; Pet of the Week: Chewy PDF Print Email


By Allison Roesser

May 17, 2017:  You might be tempted to get your pet from a breeder or a pet store. However, there are compelling reasons to adopt a pet instead.

1. Each year more than six million dogs and cats enter animal shelters.

2. Eight to twelve million healthy and sweet dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are euthanized every year simply because there are not enough homes for them.  

3. Every animal adopted from a shelter or rescue group frees up space for other homeless animals in need of care, especially special-needs pets that will most likely live out the remainder of their lives in the shelter. 

4. Every dog or cat purchased from a pet store or breeder helps add to the overpopulation.

5.  Animals in shelters come in every age, shape, size, and color. You can find purebreds in shelters as well. In fact, many breeds have their own specific rescue organization. 

6. Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $300. Plus rescue pets have already been spayed and neutered and are vaccinated and usually microchipped at the time of adoption.

7. A mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a purebred.

8. Adopting an older pet allows you to skip over the time-consuming, often frustrating puppy or kitten stages of development. Additionally, you will avoid the guesswork of wondering what your pet will look like fully grown.

9. If you have kids, adopting a rescue pet can open a young person's eyes to the plight of homeless animals. It can teach them compassion and responsibility, as well as how wonderful it feels to provide a forever home for a pet that might otherwise live life in a cage or be euthanized.

10. When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. Buying a pet not only denies a homeless animal a much-needed family, you will, without a doubt, get endless unconditional love from your new best friend. It is an act of love and all around just the right thing to do.

Now let me introduce you to Chewy.

Chewy is a stunning one-and-a-half-year-old medium-sized Russian blue mix. 

He is as sweet as he is beautiful. This handsome guy gets along great with both dogs and other cats and would make a perfect addition to any home. 

He once had a family to call his own, but when his owner became pregnant, she decided one baby in the family was enough. Now he finds himself in search of a new home and someone to love him forever. Could that special person be you? 

The donation for Chewy is $100. To meet this charming feline, please contact Pet Rescue at 914-835-3332 or 914-835-4133 or visit



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Pet Advocacy

Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals, founded in 1957 and based in Darien, Connecticut, is a non-profit animal advocacy organization. They work “to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic.” They inform members of animal advocacy issues and encourage members to get involved in their communities.
777 Post RoadSuite 205
Darien, Connecticut 06820

In Defense of Animals

In Defense of Animals is an animal protection organization “dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals.” They have educational events, boycotts, grassroots activism and hands-on rescue “through [their] sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.”
3010 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael, California 92901


Pet Health

Animal Medical Center

510 East 62nd Street
New York, New York 10021

Central Animal Hospital

317 Ardsley Road (corner Central Avenue)
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Tuckahoe Animal Hospital

20 Depot Square
Tuckahoe, New York 10707

Westchester Animal Hospital

364 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10552-3294

Pet Rescue & Adoption is “dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of all living creatures.” It is a networking and information resource and lists shelters, animal rescue organizations, dog parks, lost pets, pets ready to be adopted and much more

Muffin’s Pet Connection

Established in 1988, Muffin’s Pet Connection is a non-profit animal service organization. They offer discount spay/neuter certificate programs and assist for pet owners and rescuers in finding homes for pets.
9728-3rd Avenue B125
Brooklyn, New York 11209-7742

New Rochelle Humane Society

Founded in 1911, the New Rochelle Humane Society is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing individual loving care for lost, abandoned, injured, and mistreated animals. They service 17 communities in Westchester County and rescue over 500 dogs and 900 cats each year.
70 Portman Road
New Rochelle, New York 10801

Pet Rescue

Pet Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 1982 by volunteer workers who met at an animal shelter and were “dismayed at the terrible living conditions of the animals there.” It is not a formal shelter but rather a “small group of volunteers that foster dogs and cats until they are adopted.”
PO Box 393
Larchmont, New York 10538 helps you find a pet to adopt. It also provides information on preparing for your pet and on training and caring for your pet. Message boards and forums allow you to share ideas with other pet owners.

Shelter Pet Alliance, Inc.

Shelter Pet Alliance is a non-profit organization that “assists animals in shelters throughout the United States by promoting adoptions, and ensuring humane housing conditions and proper care.
81 Pondfield Road Suite 182
Bronxville, New York 10708

Pet Stores


2350 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, New York

Provisions for Pets

110 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Pet Lodging, Grooming, Training and Sitting

Dees Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services

Individual daily walks and overnight stays
Loving and caring professionals
Local vet references


Ken Berenson's Canine Services
Obedience Classes/Private Lessons

Ken Berenson, dog training instructor at the Round Hill Community House in Greenwich CT since 1976, offers obedience classes for dogs. Classes run for six sessions with registration on the first night of class. Fee is $180. Ken is an experienced dog behavior expert and an accomplished dog sport competitor. He also offers private lessons in your home. Ken has an A+. Rating with the Better Business Bureau and is an AKC CGC Approved Evaluator.


Pamper 4 Paws specializes in grooming, bathing, pampering and more! Co-owner Erin Gedney, has over 20 years experience in professional pet grooming and 15 Years as a veterinarian assistant. Co-Owner, Dee (Diane) Currenti is also the owner of Dee's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting and has 15 Years experience in Pet care and 10 Years as a veterinarian assistant. The entire staff as 50 Years of combined experience and are "dedicated to your pets like they were our own." They offer $10.00 off the first grooming or bath!

27 West Grand Street
Fleetwood, NY 10552


Paws and Play Pet Resort

Paws and Play Pet Resort & Training Center is not your typical boarding facility. We pride ourselves on being a premier Dog Lodging, Daycare, Bathing and Training facility that provides unparallel pet care. As a family-owned and operated business, our primary goal at Paws and Play is to make sure every guests feels like family. We accomplish this with tons of one-on-one attention by providing a similar daily routine that your dog receives at home. With 4,000 sq. ft. of fun, safe, indoor and outdoor play yards, we are confident we can accommodate your dog's favorite activities. We look forward to being your dog's home away from home whether you're at work for the day or away on vacation. Call us today or stop in anytime for a tour and meet our two and four legged family members!
We surpass the industry's highest standards of cleanliness, safety and care. Our safety precautions include a sprinkler system, fire alarm system, security alarm system, 24 hour surveillance cameras and backup generator. You can rest assure your dog is safe at Paws and Play.

72 Marbledale Road
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