5 Places To Adopt A Cat In Queens, New York

If you live in Queens, NYC, you may have encountered some of the stray and feral cat populations throughout the borough. There is no shortage of animals here who need loving homes, which means there are also several cat and dog rescue shelters dedicated to their well being. If you have space in your home and life for a cat in need, check out one of these five local adoption spots:

1. Bobbi and the Strays, Glendale

Established in 1998 by animal lover Roberta "Bobbi" Giordano, this nonprofit Queens adoption center rescues stray cats and dogs from the streets, from kill shelters, and from bad living situations, according to the center's website. Here you'll find animals that have been given a vet exam, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. You can see the cats they have available for adoption online here.

2. For Animals Inc., South Jamaica

For Animals is a nonprofit animal rescue organization that adopts abandoned dogs and cats from the South Jamaica, Queens area into permanent homes. The nonprofit also has a Trap-Neuter-Return program to help reduce the homeless pet populations in these neighborhoods. For recent activity and adoption success stories, see For Animal's Facebook page here.

3. Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, Ozone Park

Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue offers animal adoption as well as fostering, and services such as $35 microchipping and animal training, according to the rescue center's website. While most of their adoptable animals are dogs, there are cats available - check out their pets that are currently looking for homes online here.

4. SaveKitty Foundation

This Queens-based organization says it has rescued cats from dangerous situations including inside a Long Island City subway station and a hoarding environment in Jackson Heights. SaveKitty also has a Trap-Neuter-Return program, while fostering strays before finding adoptive homes for them. You can read about SaveKitty's adoption process here.

5. Second Chance Rescue, Whitestone

You can foster or adopt through Second Chance Rescue, which according to its website is currently full to capacity with rescued animals. See the cats and dogs they have available for adoption here. Alongside adoptions, Second Chance Rescue offers a range of pet health products and a personal shop consultant.

Jackie Strawbridge has reported on Astoria and surrounding Queens neighborhoods for multiple print and digital publications. She also runs a blog about public art.