​Who We Are & What We Do


Pitstop is a division of Cat Assistance, NY which was founded by Sarah Hart in 1999.  While Cat Assistance’s focus is on at-risk cats, we added dogs to our mission in 2010 and have rescued numerous dogs from local overcrowded animal shelters. We are a volunteer, 501©3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization consisting of a large network of foster homes. We pull primarily from NYCACC, Mount Vernon Animal Shelter, Stamford Animal Control, Bridgeport Animal Control, and New Haven Animal Control. None of our animals are kept in a shelter. All animals are kept in private homes where we can fully assess any medical and/ or behavior needs and the dogs can live in comfort and happiness until they are adopted. This allows us the ability to really get to know our animals to be sure they are adopted into the perfect match.

Pitstop, in coordination with Cat Assistance, has placed more than 265 abandoned cats and dogs in loving homes in the past year. We did this all without a shelter, paid staff or government funding! That means that every dollar we raise goes to pay for veterinary care, medical supplies, food and training for our cats and dogs.  


We can proudly say that in 2019 our very small foster based rescue placed 60 dogs into new homes!! A good portion of our dogs were pulled from the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). (Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island)

We are proud to be a part of their New Hope program where rescues such as ourselves can directly pull ‘at risk dogs.’ 

Below are a *few of the dogs we pulled from New York City this year (several were at risk for medical reasons.) 

Thank you to our friends who donate, share, foster, and adopt! 
We hope to pull even more in 2020!

🐾 Welcome back Shay 🐾

Shay (Brooklyn ACC survivor) is back with Pit Stop after the loss of her prior owner and a short stay with their family.  We’re moving forward and Shay is again available for adoption. She is a middle aged, 7/8 yrs, medium to higher energy gal who absolutely adores people and is described as a true snuggle bunny by her prior owner. She’s appropriate with most dogs but does have a bit of a prey drive and can pull when seeing a squirrel on a walk.  A fenced property would be perfect as she enjoys her own company and has been known to play with a stick or a toy all on her own. Shay does suffer from food allergies and must be on a hydrolyzed protein diet that the rescue will supply for three months. Her skin is getting better and better every day but she will require ongoing medicated baths at least once a week until her infections have completely healed. Apply at pitstopny.org 

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut

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One of our dogs, Walrus, was featured! But don't fall in love, he's been adopted! 


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Pitstop, in association with Cat Assistance, is a 501C3, tax deductible organization.