PupStarz Rescue

New York, New York

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About PupStarz Rescue

PupStarz Rescue in New York City is a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-run animal rescue organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion animals. They focus on rescuing dogs and cats facing euthanasia at public shelters and in potentially abusive homes.

PupStarz Rescue has been saving hundreds of lives every year since their founding in 2015 by placing animals in foster care until loving forever families can be found. They're committed to the welfare of their animals by offering post-adoption support, such as positive training techniques.

As a non-profit organization, PupStarz Rescue relies entirely on the energy and kindness of their volunteers and foster families, public donations, and adoption fees to survive.

Can you help support the wonderful work that PupStarz Rescue does? Consider adopting a new furry friend from their shelter, and save not one but two lives: the animal that will become your pet and the next one that fills its space.

With so many animals in need of forever homes, you're sure to find the right pet for you at Pupstarz Rescue. Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

New York
Not provided

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Interested in adopting a new pet from PupStarz Rescue? Here's how it works:

  1. First, you must be at least 25 years old to adopt from Pupstarz Rescue.
  2. View available animals on either the shelter's Facebook or PetFinder page.
  3. All animals are in foster care, so you can't meet them in person before submitting an adoption application. However, you can find detailed information about their health, personality, and behavioral traits in their online profiles to help you find your perfect match.
  4. See an animal you'd like to meet? Call Pupstarz Rescue before submitting an application to make sure the animal you're interested in is still available.
  5. Download and complete an adoption application and email it to the rescue with the necessary documentation. Make sure to include the ID number of the lucky animal (or animals) that caught your eye.
  6. A helpful team member will contact you to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. Their volunteers will be able to give you plenty of information on the animal's background, medical history, personality, and special care needs so you can make sure they're a good match for your home and lifestyle.
  7. Next up are an interview and home visit, which should take 20-30 minutes each.
  8. Meet the pets at their foster home. Spend 10-15 minutes interacting with your new potential pet to make sure they're everything you're looking for in a pet. All family members (dogs included) must come to the meet-and-greet. Remember, the animal's foster family knows them better than anyone, so ask away!
  9. Ready to make things official? Finalize the required paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  10. Bring your new best friend home!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at PupStarz Rescue are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $460
  • Adults (1-9 years): $410 for 1, $520 for bonded pairs*
  • Seniors (10+ years): $260
  • Senior bonded pairs*: $320

*Bonded pairs must be adopted to the same household.


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $175
  • Adults (1+ years): $125

Your adoption fee covers all medical treatment before adoption, spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, and a leash and collar for dogs.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Give your new best friend the life and love they deserve.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
PupStarz Rescue
New York
New York
directly using the contact info above.

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