For Animals

“We patronize the animals 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 are more 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.”   —  Henry Beston

A For Animals shelter cat. Photo by volunteer Feargal Halligan

For Animals is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit animal welfare organization based in NYC. Since its inception in 2001, For Animals’ TNR program has helped thousands of cats across hundreds of colonies, and educated dozens of caretakers about proper care for feral cats. During this time the For Animals adoption program has also placed a multitude of homeless cats and kittens in loving, permanent homes while raising awareness about companion animal homelessness and the importance of spay/neuter. We also rescue abandoned dogs and adopt them into loving homes, and have rescued a variety of other random animals and birds as well.

Note: For Animals does not take in animals from the public; we are strictly a rescue organization.

At a glance:

  • For our Adoptable Cats, go here:

House cats: Placing companion animals in loving homes

Barn cats: Our working cats program

  • For Application forms for adopting, fostering & volunteering, please go here: Forms
  • For updates, please check out News/Events/COVID-19 changes
  • For a list of quick-guide resources for fosters & new-cat-parents, as well as general FAQs please check out Resources
  • For any other questions please feel free to contact us here. For adoption & fostering inquiries e-mail adoptions (at) foranimalsinc (dot) com For other inquiries you can e-mail foranimalsincnyc (at) gmail (dot) com 


Our May 2020 fund-raiser:

Please help us save the innocent. We have not let the pandemic stop us from rescuing the most disenfranchised, the abandoned and the defenseless. See how your kindness can transform lives.

For our current fundraiser, you can support us by directly clicking on the embedded link below. All donations are tax-deductible and we really need your help.


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