Fosters needed to decrease on-site population to help us prepare for the worst: ACC needs 200 “on call” emergency fosters, who can take home a pet if ACC reaches critical capacity. ACC will need fosters for all types of pets but housing for medium and large dogs and pets with medical issues will be most needed. ACC provides vet care, crates, supplies, and food. Click here to fill out the questionnaire to get started.  *Due to such an amazing response for fosters, sign-ups are temporarily closed as we sort through thousands of submissions.* Please click here and sign up to be alerted when foster applications open back up.



BoroughBreak Program (currently on pause due to COVID-19)

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.

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.