This New Animal Shelter Wants To Be An Inspiration For The Whole Country

It was an exciting day for adoptable pets and animal advocates across the New York area.

On Tuesday, animal welfare groupBest Friends Animal Society opened their first New York City adoption center, adding to adoption centers in Los Angeles and Kanab, Utah.The new shelter houses approximately 30 dogs and cats, and has a state-of-the-art kitten nursery and frosted glass kennel doors.

Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends hopes the adoption center will help educate potential pet owners and animal enthusiasts, as well as support the groups efforts to make all animal shelters in the United Statesno-kill by 2025.Best Friends specifies thatno-kill is commonly defined as a save rate of 90 percent of the dogs and cats entering shelters.

Eleanor, a Catahoula leopard dog mix up for adoption at Best Friends in NYC.

Gregory Castle, Best Friends CEO and co-founder, wants the center to inspire visitors.

Milo, a lab and German shepherd mix up for adoption at Best Friends in NYC.

Our new state-of-the-art Center in the heart of Manhattan will demonstrate to locals and visitors alike the problems and solutions facing our countrys homeless pet population, he said in a news release. Weve planted a stake in the ground to take this country no-kill by 2025, but we cant do it alone. Our hope is that visitors leave the Center with a new best friends and feeling inspired and equipped with the knowledge needed to achieve our mission.

Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society
Gregory Castle cuts the ribbon to officially open the new adoption center.

We had the pleasure of snuggling up to adoptable dogsEleanor, Monya and Milo. If youre interested in volunteering, donating, adopting or just want to have your heart melted head, you can learn more at theBest Friends NY website.And if you want to pay a visit in person, some adorable furry friends will be waiting for you.

Monya, a pit bull mix up for adoption at Best Friends in NYC.

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