Thank you for considering adopting from ACC!
All available animals can be viewed in advance on our Adoption Search page. Our Manhattan and Brooklyn Shelters are open seven days a week for adoption browsing. You can view our location and adoption hour details at nycacc.org/locations. The Staten Island Shelter is open on Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm - 5pm. We recommend prospective adopters arrive no later than an hour before the respective closing time. Due to a high volume of interested adopters, the waitlist may close prior to 5pm (or prior to 6pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays for our Manhattan Center). Additionally, ACC is proud to have Mobile Adoption Events every weekend. Please see our Events Page for more details - we might be right in your neighborhood!
To comply with social distancing guidelines, we are using a waitlist system to limit the amount of people in the building at one time. We are asking prospective adopters to have no more than two people in their adoption party. If we are currently at capacity, adopters will be directed to sign up for a waitlist. From there, you will be texted when it is your turn to adopt!
Adoption counselors and volunteers will be on-site to guide you through every step of the adoption process. The adoption process includes filling out an application, having a counseling session, and interacting with the animal you are interested in adopting. You may need to set aside several hours to complete the entire process of interaction and adopting a pet.
At this time, we have kittens (when available), cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and large dogs available for 30 minute adoption browsing. Small dogs are available by appointment only. To adopt a small dog, please click “adopt me” on the profile of the dog you wish to adopt and complete the application. An adoption counselor will be in touch afterwards for the next steps.
To adopt an animal, you will need a valid photo ID, be 18 years of age or older, and bring proof of current address such as a utility bill. All clients regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear double masks inside the shelter. ACC reserves the right to decline adoptions in order to find the most appropriate home possible for each animal and to find the best fit for each family looking to adopt.
Please note that rabbit and guinea pig adoptions may require more than one visit to the center so that we can assess your readiness to care for a small animal. Rabbits and Guinea pigs require specialized care, please look over the rabbit / guinea pig care packet to review important information such as diet essentials, health concerns and correct set up/enclosure.
*Please take a picture of your current rabbit or guinea pig set up and supplies to show to the adoptions team