Our Animal Care Centers
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) has three full-service Animal Care Centers located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as two Admissions Centers located in the Bronx and Queens. Whether arriving at our shelters due to homelessness, family crisis or abuse, we do not turn away any animal in need.
ACC is a great place to find a wonderful cat, dog or rabbit to join your loving family. Open seven days a week, we can help you find the perfect pet for your home. If you are not able to visit our Care Centers, you may also find a pet from ACC at one of our off-site adoption events. For your convenience, you can also find a pet online through our Adoption Search where you may view pictures of the animals we have available for adoption on any given day. Additionally, AC&C partners with over 150 animal welfare and veterinary groups in the community through our New Hope Program as an alternative outlet for animal adoptions.
Spay & Neuter
To ensure that the dogs, cats and rabbits in our Care Centers do not add to New York City's population of unwanted animals, ACC requires every healthy animal adopted from our Centers to be surgically sterilized (spayed or neutered). Not only is it required by law, but also it is beneficial to the health and behavior of each animal.
If the animal you are adopting has already been spayed/neutered, it will be able to go home with you after your adoption is complete. If not, your pet will need to stay and you will pick him or her up after spay/neuter surgery.
Please view our Spay/Neuter Release Instructions (Page 6 of the PDF) for cats and dogs. If the pet you have adopted from ACC has been waived from surgery due to illness, the animal may leave on a Spay/Neuter Waiver. You will be required to leave a $150 deposit, which will be returned when you bring your pet back for surgery (which must be within 60 days of adoption). Appointments for post-adoption spay/neuter can be made online at our Spay & Neuter Online Appointment page.
ACC's volunteers are central to the welfare of the animals in our Care Centers. Volunteers help in the care and placement of shelter animals, foster animals in need, and give valuable administrative and fundraising support. Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.
Lost & Found
Many of ACC's animals are lost pets. To ensure the return of your missing pet, ACC encourages you to have current identification on your animal in the form of a license or microchip so that if your pet comes into our Care Centers, we can return your pet to you. If you've lost your pet, you can search for your pet at any one of our three full-service Care Centers open seven days a week. We suggest that you visit all of the Centers in the area on a regular basis for your lost pet. For more information and details on finding your lost pet, or if you have found a lost pet, please visit our Lost & Found page.
Animal Control Officers are in the field to assist animals and people in need in all five boroughs. ACC's Field Operations respond to calls from the public regarding animals that are in need of rescue, pose a threat to public safety, stray dogs, and injured dogs and cats that need extra help. To help such an animal, please call 311. Please visit our Field Services page for more information and details.