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We love animals.


Simply put, our mission is to rescue animals. Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW) is one of New York’s longest operating non-profit rescue groups.

Founded in 1972, SICAW is 100% volunteer driven, and funded by generous public donations. Volunteers rescue, foster and care for animals, and perform a host of other functions. Donations are used for animal care, medical services, advertising, and administrative costs.

Find Your Next Pet

We like to think of ourselves as matchmakers. We work extensively with our animals so we have firsthand knowledge into their personalities. We will help you by making recommendations based on your current life situation, so it’s a good match for both you and the animal.


Featured Adoptable Cat

Meet Cheyenne, a gorgeous 12 week old fluffball kitten. Click for more info.

Thank you for saving my Greta’s life and bringing her into mine. Best wishes to all of you at SICAW and God bless you for the good work that you do.
— Mark Okun

Adoption Stories



When Montana was adopted, every SICAW volunteer did the happy dance! With her comical poses and endearing personality, she’d always been a volunteer favorite, but it had taken some time to find her the perfect parents. Montana wanted to be an only cat, and all of the applications we’d had were from potential adopters who had other pets. It just wasn’t the right environment for Montana. Then, along comes Crystal & Kyle, a sweet young couple with so much love to give, and Montana’s life changed forever. Not only does she have a wonderful home with two parents that love her, she also has a grandma who spoils her rotten and buys her all the toys and treats she wants! Life just doesn’t get any better than this. 🧡

Want to start our own adoption story? Check out our adoptable cats right Me-ow.

Get Involved

If you’d like to get more involved and be a part of saving the lives of hundreds of pets per year, we’d love to have your help. Here are just a few ways that you can join our team of volunteers.


We are 100% volunteer run. Whether at weekly adoption events or planning fundraising events, there are several opportunities for you to make a difference.


Many of our pets live with a wonderful “foster parent” until they are adopted into their forever home. Because we do not have a single physical location to house our animals, our fosters are vital.

Make a Donation

We operate on generous donations from our members and friends. Whether a one-time monetary donation or a recurring donation, your gift is used solely to care for our animals.