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ACC's Adoption Process

Thank you for considering adopting from ACC! To help ensure a smooth process, please complete an adoption application in advance - Dog Adoption Application - Cat Adoption Application

All available animals can be viewed in advance on our Adoption Search page. Our Manhattan and Brooklyn Care Centers are open seven days a week from 12pm - 5pm for adoption browsing. The Staten Island Care Center is open on Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm - 5pm. 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 number 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! We recommend prospective adopters arrive by 4pm. Due to a high volume of interested adopters, the waitlist may close prior to 5 pm.

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 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. Information on our adoption fees can be found here. 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.


If you have further questions about ACC's adoption process please email adopt@nycacc.org.