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Our Featured New York, NY Partner:

City Pitties

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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City Pitties is NOT a shelter. We do NOT take dogs in. We are a civic minded resource for pit bulls, pit bull mixes and other "bully breeds" in New York City, their “pet parents”, those looking to adopt from local shelters and rescues and those who just want to help. Our dogs don’t vote or pay taxes, but we do! We advocate for the American Pit Bull Terrier, pit bull mixes and other "bully breeds" through education, fighting Breed Specific Legislation ("BSL") and breed bans and encouraging responsible ownership and dog friendly community improvements. City Pitties provides a variety of services for pet parents, animal rescue groups, and animal wellness providers. We partner with approximately 20 animal rescue groups and shelters in the tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT), are affiliated with other rescue groups across the country and primarily serve Brooklyn, NY, but also Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Manhattan and parts of Long Island and Westchester County. We will work with you to rehome or better your relationship with your dog, but we will not take ownership of your pet.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are a small group of volunteers with big plans! We focus on services for companion animals and shelter pets, advocacy, and on occasion coordinate adoptions for pit bulls, pit bull mixes and other bully breeds only, on a case by case basis. We rehome stray and abandoned dogs but do not pull dogs from the city shelters (ie Animal Care & Control). We officially started in September 2008. We do what we do because we love and respect bully breeds and hope through the actions and words of City Pitties and partners, the Pit Bull can reclaim its extraordinary place in history as an exceptional family dog, "nanny dog", search and rescue dog, agility champ, assisted therapy dog, and even hero. We want the world to know, especially in states and counties with horrible breed laws and countries like Canada and throughout the EU which outright ban and forcefully seize privately owned pit bulls, that pit bulls make the best bomb and drug detection dogs and consistently score higher than any other type/breed in AKC temperment tests including "family friendly" labradors and golden retrievers. Pit bulls save lives and pit bulls love people!

Come Meet our Pets:

We show dogs for adoption at events in Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County. The dogs are courtesy of City Pitties and affiliated rescue groups. Please visit our website at for the most up to date information!

Our Adoption Process:

For dogs listed on, we require an application with reference, employment, landlord or homeowner's insurance agent, and home visit checks, current photo ID. We aim to complete the checks within one week. If the adoption is approved a contract must be signed and dated, and a non-refundable $200 donation made to City Pitties to cover general rescue expenses. We will consider a foster to permanent placement situation.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.