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Waggytail Rescue

New York, NY

Our Mission

Founded in 2004, Waggytail Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has rescued over 6000 abandoned dogs (300 each year) and even a few cats and kittens! Through the tireless work of our many volunteers and amazing fosters, we are committed to continuing to find forever homes for New York's littlest strays.

Please help us continue this work by making a donation via PayPal:

If you are able, consider making a recurring monthly contribution to aid our rescue efforts!

Adoption Policy

Thank you for considering adopting one of our Waggytails! Adopting from us is a simple 3 step process!

STEP 1: Download and complete an adoption application ( and email to Applications will be reviewed by us and if approved we will put you in contact with the animal's foster who will answer any questions you may have and check your references. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

STEP 2: The meet and greet, a chance for you and your other family members (human and non-human) to meet your potential new Waggytail! This is the time to determine whether a dog's personality is a match for your whole family and other animals, and to see if you have allergies. Please don't wait until after adopting to really touch and handle a dog, skip the antihistamines and get those allergens all over you now!

STEP 3: You love the dog! To finalize an adoption, fill out and sign the TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP AGREEMENT ( and use Paypal, Venmo or a check for the Adoption Fee (see details below).

Dog Adoption/Donation Fees
$550 for puppies under 1 year
$450 for dogs 1 to 8 years
$325 for seniors over 9 years of age

Cat Adoption/Donation Fees
for all cats $175

*Kittens under 6 months old MUST be adopted in pairs or to a home with another playful cat.*

adoption fee includes microchip registration, age-appropriate vaccines, and spay/neuter

*Add $100 neuter deposit for unfixed animals.

The ADOPTION FEE may be paid by Venmo (@WaggytailRescue) or Paypal (, add $15 processing fee unless using Friends & Family option). Please put the name of the dog in the memo section! Electronic payment is preferred, but you may also pay by check (payable to Waggytail Rescue).

We use Petstablished to manage our adoption records. After an adoption is finalized, you will be sent login information that gives you access to your new dog's profile and medical records!

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