The Community Dogs Program is a compassionate outreach initiative of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Our goal is simple: keep dogs together with their human families by providing access to necessary health and welfare pet resources.
There are many reasons that a dog may be surrendered or end up stray. Most often, owners reluctantly give up a pet they feel they can no longer care for due to lack of resources—training, health care, housing, food. Contrary to the common misperception of owners surrendering their pets, we have found that almost all the owners we meet do care about their dogs, and this program is a non-judgmental approach to identifying and helping protect that bond by providing the resources they may lack.
ACC’s Community Dogs Program works within Bronx neighborhoods to identify dog owners in need and assist them, as much as possible, in keeping their dogs. Low and no-cost vaccination clinic events, a food bank, free training seminars and spay/neuter services are just some of what ACC offers.
Low and No-Cost Vaccination Clinics
ACC provides free vaccinations against rabies, DAPP, bordetella and canine influenza—as well as microchips and referrals for free spay/neuter surgeries—at pop-up clinics scheduled throughout the Bronx.
At these clinics, we also take the opportunity to learn more about other concerns pet owners may have, and connect them with resources that are offered as part of the Community Dogs program or through other agencies.
Pet Food Pantry
ACC’s Pet Food Pantry, housed at our Bronx Admissions Center, is open seven days a week from 8am-8pm for dog and cat owners who may be experiencing difficulties in providing for their loved ones.
With a generous grant from Animal Farm Foundation and donations from New Yorkers, ACC’s Bronx Admissions Center will provide dog and cat food to those in need in the borough. Owners must bring their pets in for free microchipping and sign an enrollment agreement in order to begin receiving pet food.
Pet Food Pantry - Bronx Admissions Center
464 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Animal Care Centers of NYC will distribute food to clients at its discretion and according to pet age and size. ACC retains the right to revoke food pantry privileges, including for cases of suspected misuse. Clients agree that they are getting food for their own personal pets only.
View News12's story about the food pantry
Free Training Seminars
Through partnerships with local trainers, ACC’s Community Dogs Program offers free workshops for dog owners and their canines. By assisting owners in addressing common behavior problems, we can empower dog owners to work to solve behavior issues they previously thought were out of their control. Upcoming training events are listed at right.
While ACC does not performed spay/neuter surgeries for owned animals, our Community Dog Program can provide dog owners with spay/neuter resources and make appointments with the ASPCA.
Community Dogs Blog
Community Clinics Launched
Posted December 21, 2015
On November 22, our Community Dogs Program held its first free vaccination clinic at Bathgate Playground in the Bronx. We provided free vaccines and microchips to 76 dogs! 20 dogs also received spay/neuter appointments with the ASPCA. Read more here.
Become a Community Dog Advocate
ACC’s goal is to reduce the number of dogs surrendered to our shelters each year. You can help us by becoming a Community Dog Advocate. This team of advocates will help distribute information and resources within their community, and alert ACC to dogs and families in their neighborhoods who may need help (and possibly are reluctant to ask for it).
Let’s keep our pets and families healthy and together.
For more information, please contact CommunityDogs@nycacc.org
Free Basic Dog Training for Bronx Residents.
Learn basic commends and ask questions about behavior concerns. Join trainer Garrett Rosso from Village Dogworks (www.villagedogworks.com) for these free sessions in the Bronx. All dogs must be leashed and vaccinated.
Sessions are held on the following Saturdays, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
Bring some of your dog's favorite treats.
1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456