ACC Seniors for Seniors was developed to help older humans rediscover the joys of having a cat or dog in their lives. The program places senior cats and dogs (typically over 6 years of age) with people who are 60 years of age or older. ACC adoption counselors will help you select a companion who fits into your lifestyle and housing situation. All animals adopted through the Seniors for Seniors promotion will have their adoption fees waived - learn more about how to adopt a pet at ACC.


Benefits of adopting

  • Research tells us that companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can help improve our physical and mental health. By adopting and spending time with an animal friend, you can experience the benefits of lowered stress levels and blood pressure.
  • Cats and dogs provide friendship for lonely individuals, and open opportunities for interacting with others which an older person may miss if family is far away.
  • The company of a beloved pet has been proven to reduce depression.
  • The quiet and doting home of a senior citizen is the perfect match for an older animal looking for a new home.
  • Senior animals are often gentler, calmer and most likely are house trained.


Post-adoption support

  • We want to make sure you and your new cat or dog are doing well, so after you take your new pet home one of our adoption volunteers will call you to hear about your experience with ACC and how your new cat or dog is settling into your home.
  • If you become unable to take care of your new dog or cat, due to long-term hospitalization or stay in a nursing facility, you or a family member may reach out to our admissions department to learn about your options.

For more information about ACC Seniors for Seniors adoption program or to arrange a visit to the animal shelter, please call us at (212) 788-4000.