Animal Rescue

The Humane Society of Westchester provides animal rescue services to 19 communities in Westchester County giving safe haven to lost, stray, abandoned and injured domesticated animals.

These rescued animals make up the majority of the animals who enter our shelter. Some have simply lost their way home while others have been abandoned. Our responsibility is to provide them with safe refuge, medical treatment and an abundance of love while they are in our care. We find pets new, loving homes if they cannot be reunited with their families.

These are the municipalities the Humane Society of Westchester provides animal rescue services to:

  • Ardsley
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Elmsford
  • Greenburgh
  • Harrison
  • Hartsdale
  • Hastings-on-Hudson
  • Irvington
  • Larchmont
  • Mount Vernon
  • Town of Mamaroneck
  • Village of Mamaroneck
  • New Rochelle
  • Pelham
  • Pelham Manor
  • Port Chester
  • Rye Brook
  • City of Rye
  • Tarrytown

The Humane Society of Westchester responds to animal related emergencies 24 hours per day and 365 days per year with our contracted municipalities.  If you encounter a stray animal in need during the day call the shelter directly. If you have an animal related emergency for a stray animal after 4:00 p.m., contact your local police department. HSW will be notified and address the issue.

If you have witnessed an act of animal cruelty, please contact the Animal Cruelty Unit at the Briarcliff SPCA at 914.941.2896. It is very helpful if you have photos or video as supporting evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I can no longer care for my pet. Can I bring him to your shelter?

A: The Humane Society of Westchester is a no-kill, limited admission organization. We do not euthanize animals to make space for another. Because of the overwhelming number of stray animals we rescue daily, we cannot guarantee we will have space for privately owned pets without advanced notice. We will accept privately owned pets by appointment only. In the case that space is not available at that time, we will add your name to our waiting list and contact you when we are able to accommodate your pet. In the meantime, we can assist you in finding a new home for your pet by referring you to certain rescue organizations and listing your pet on our adoption page. For more information, Contact us!