Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in New York
Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the New York City area? A great way to socialize and exercise your new pup while making new human and canine friends is to take your dog to one of the many NYC dog parks. Some of the parks that are most highly rated by current NYC dog owners are Washington Square Dog Park, Stuyvesant Park Dog Run, and Madison Square Park Dog Run. Of course, Central Park is also a popular dog destination with 23 dog-friendly areas and off- leash hours before 9:00 am and after 9:00 pm. Dog friendly events occur throughout the year at Central Park, too.
If you’re looking for a place where you can be accompanied by your furry friend while enjoying food or drinks, NYC is the place to be. Many of the restaurants in NYC offer pet-friendly, outdoor seating. Bring Fido to the Barking Dog Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the patio where your dog can drink from the doggie fountain or enjoy some delicious treats while you eat. The Shake Shack offers burgers, hot dogs, shakes, frozen custard, beer and wine for you along with some menu items for your precious pooch. For dog-loving humans who are also beer aficionados, the Mission Dolores Bar welcomes you and your dog inside the “weird beer bar at 4th and Carroll.” Travelers coming to New York City will be pleased to find out dogs can travel on many of the popular public transit systems as long as the dog is confined to a cade. This website profiles all the pet friendly hotels near NYC in New Jersey or Connecticut.
Travel with your canine companion off the beaten path with a visit to the William Secord Gallery. This gallery specializes in fine 19th century paintings of dogs along with more contemporary works. Or, bring your pup along on one of many Z-Travel and LeisureTours, including neighborhood tours, food tours, themed tours, and more. All the tours can be adapted for you and your pet, so you can learn more about NYC in the company of your dog. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in New York City, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to New York City on BringFido.com.
New York Dog Rescues & Shelters
The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in New York.
- Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in New York, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
- Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
- Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
- Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
- Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
- Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in New York, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in New York paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in New York. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Some New York Dog & Puppy Rescues
Below you'll find many New York focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a New York focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!
- GROWL - Edgewater, NJ 07020
- ASPCA - New York, NY 10128