Orientation Date


Thanks for your interest in fostering with ACC! If you are interested in fostering, please email the foster team at fosters@nycacc.org

BoroughBreak Program

What is a BoroughBreak?
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is proud to announce its new 'BoroughBreak' program, which pairs members of the community with shelter dogs for field trips. Outings can last from one hour to all day, and can include a hike, a trip to the beach, a fun car ride, a long nap in a home or even a nice dinner in a pet-friendly restaurant. Whether you already have a dog or aren't ready to have one, it's a great way to get your pet fix in.

The BoroughBreak program was created in order to help reduce kennel stress and provide dogs with enrichment and increased visibility. Outings give the shelter valuable insight on how the dogs behave outside a shelter environment. It's also a great excuse to spend a day doing something new or exploring New York City.
Participants are not required to have any prior canine-handling experience. Leashes, dog collars, and treats will be provided by ACC.

Signing up for a BoroughBreak is quick and easy! We only send out 5 dogs per day so sign up in advance! Click here to sign up.

BoroughBreaks can pick up their dogs between 10am-11am.
We ask that all dogs are returned by 4pm.
Location: 326 E110th Street.

Tens of thousands of pets come into ACC each year. Often, these pets are too young to be placed in the shelter or have special needs that require a nurturing home environment. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for homeless pets and help them prepare to find a new forever home. After receiving foster care, these pets are healthier and happier, which means they are well prepared to be adopted by a loving family. There are many different levels of fostering available.

Adoption Ambassador

  • The Adoption Ambassador program takes fostering to the next level. Participants at this level not only house the animal, but actively pursue the animal's direct adoption. Ambassadors provide our animals with the opportunity to meet with potential adopters within their community, as well as network their foster on social media. Our animals are routinely exposed to new audiences, many of which have never considered adopting from the shelter, or adopting at all!
  • Adoption Ambassadors are also in the unique position of working with animals that had trouble adjusting to the kennel environment. By committing to their placement, and offering them the chance to live in a home until they are adopted, Ambassadors are able to showcase the best qualities of their animals, increasing the chance of them being adopted!
  • Typical stay: 3-12 weeks

Ready to take the next step?
Dates for orientations vary, but take approximately 90 minutes. **Current ACC volunteers interested in fostering do not need to attend this orientation. Please e-mail the Volunteer Department if you are a current ACC volunteer interested in becoming a foster parent. Things to know before signing up for orientation:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our Foster Program.
  • There is limited space, so please sign up only if you are planning to attend.
  • Please arrive early to sign in. We will be starting the orientation on time.
  • If you are registered for the orientation but are unable to attend, please click here.
  • For more information about our requirements and policies click here.