The Community Pets Program is a compassionate outreach initiative of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Our goal is simple: keep pets together with their human families by providing access to necessary health and welfare resources for pets. ACC’s Community Pets Program works within Bronx and Queens neighborhoods to identify pet owners in need and assist them, as much as possible, in keeping their pets. Free vaccination clinic events, a pet food bank for Bronx residents, free dog training classes, and free spay/neuter services are just some of what ACC offers. For more information, please contact CommunityPets@nycacc.org.
Free Vaccine and Microchip Clinics
We hold free pop-up vaccine clinics in the Bronx and Queens where we provide free vaccinations for dogs and cats ( rabies, DA2PP, Bordetella, and FVRCP) — as well as free microchips and referrals for free spay/neuter surgeries. At these clinics, we also take the opportunity to learn more about other concerns pet owners may have, and connect them with resources that are offered as part of the Community Pets program or through other agencies.
Pet Food Pantry
Our Pet Food Pantry, housed at our Bronx Admissions Center, at 464 East Fordham Road, is open seven days a week from 10 am - 6 pm for dog and cat owners who live in the Bronx who may be experiencing difficulties in providing for their animal companions.
To qualify, pet owners must bring proof of Bronx residence and some kind of proof of the pets they own who need food (such as vaccine records or other veterinary paperwork, adoption paperwork, etc.) The pet food pantry will distribute food to clients at its discretion and according to pet age and size. ACC retains the right to revoke food pantry privileges, including for cases of suspected misuse. Clients agree that they are getting food for their own personal pets only.
Pet Behavior Training and Assistance
Through partnerships with local trainers and behavior experts, the Community Pets Program offers free dog training classes in the Bronx and Queens and also offers free cat behavior assistance by phone to any cat owners who need help. By assisting people in addressing common behavior problems, we can empower pet owners to work to solve behavior issues they previously thought were out of their control.
While ACC does not perform spay/neuter surgeries for owned animals, our Community Pets Program provides dog and cat owners with free and low-cost spay/neuter resources and makes appointments with the ASPCA and other partners for free and low-cost spay/neuter.
We want to help you and your pets! Email us at CommunityPets@nycacc.org with any questions!