I am interested in adopting a cat/dog I have seen on your site. What are my next steps?
Adopters are asked to complete either a cat adoption application or dog adoption application and spend time with their prospective companion animals. All adopters are carefully screened via vet and personal references, and a home visit is conducted. A tax deductible donation in an amount agreeable to all parties is requested to help defray our expenses (medical, transport, training, pet supplies, etc).
Where is your organization located & where are your cats and dogs?
Zani's Furry Friends ZFF, inc is an organization committed to rescuing companion animals from New York City's shelters where, unfortunately, they are at significant risk for euthanasia due to overcrowding. We rescue kittens and puppies as well as adult and seniors who deserve another chance for a loving home. We do not have a shelter or boarding facility, but instead rely upon foster homes to shelter and nurture our furry friends until a loving forever home is found. Our foster network is located throughout NYC. The beauty of a foster system is that we know our animals individually and can give you a true picture of their personalities and ensure we make a good match for your family.
I don't live in NYC. Can I still adopt from ZFF?
Our animals are mostly rescued from the NYC shelter system and our foster network is also located in the NYC area. However, we do cover the NY Tri-State Area, Southern NE, and occasionally will consider an adoption further away to the purrfect furever family!
I'm still searching for but don't see a cat/dog who is the right one for me. Can you help?
Please look at our list of adoptables, and if you don't find one that seems right for you, or if you see one that is already flagged as adopted, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you are looking for; perhaps we can help find the perfect match. We continually rescue new animals from NYC shelters on an almost daily basis and will keep in mind specific requests from good homes.
I'm curious, why is your organization called Zani's Furry Friends ZFF?
Zani was the heart and soul dog of the founder of this group, a wonderful parti-colored cocker spaniel who crossed the rainbow bridge after a struggle with bone cancer. The creation and work of this group was our founder's way of honoring this incredible dog who touched her life so deeply. Zani's spirit is with us in every rescue we do and every animal we help.
I can't make a long-term commitment to a cat/dog right now. Do you need fosters?
We are always in need of additional foster homes for either dogs or cats so that we may help free more animals from a dark fate at the shelter. Unfortunately our city's shelters face a continual space problem, and dozens of healthy, adoptable animals lose the race of time daily. If you are interested in opening your home and heart to foster one or more of our rescue animals please fill out the foster application form.
I'm not able to have a cat/dog at the moment, but I would really like to help your organization. How can I help?
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and are always in need of donations. That donation can be in the form of healthy treats, quality pet food, crates, blankets, new leashes and collars, toys, gift certificates to pet supply stores, kitty litter, etc. - all are gratefully accepted! We always have a need for volunteers, if you have time available you may be able to help at activities such as adoption events, help with transportation or PR - please fill out a volunteer application. Please see our how you can help page for more information.
What are the adoption donations for a cat or kitten?
Adoption donations are $150 and up per cat/kitten depending on breed/age/health/temperament; special needs and seniors are less; pairs of kittens generally $300 unless they are exotic breeds. Adoption donation includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, rabies, microchip and feline leukemia/aids combo test.
Can I adopt a solo cat?
Young kittens must be adopted in pairs or to homes with another young playful cat or kitten to ensure the companionship and socialization they require. Adolescent or adult cats we encourage to be adopted in pairs or to a home with a resident cat. However, sometimes our cats may be adopted solo if appropriate and this is usually indicated in their bio.
I specifically want a declawed cat. Do you have any available?
While we do not encourage or condone declawing, we often rescue cats from New York City's shelters who have already been declawed by previous owners. If this is the case we will make this clear in their bio.
What are the adoption donations for a dog or puppy?
Adoption donations are generally $350 and up per dog/puppy depending on breed/age/health/temperament; special needs and seniors are less. Adoption donation includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, rabies, microchip, and heartworm test.
Do you require dogs to be adopted to homes with other dogs?
This may depend on the age and personality of the dog. Please consider providing a home for more than one dog, especially if you are considering adopting a puppy. Dogs are pack animals and very much enjoy as well as need other dog company to learn to play, socialize and be good companion animals to people. The upside to this is that you won't feel as guilty leaving them alone and you get twice the love!