NYC ACC has strict requirements about adopting an animal. Please follow the below instructions carefully to insure a successful experience.
You must be there by 630PM to adopt that day and they do not do adoptions over the phone. It is possible that you won’t be able to leave with the animal that day. Sometimes the animal will need to be spayed/neutered first or be signed off by a vet.
Be There in Person (Local & Long Distance)
The shelter will adopt to out-of-state people as long as they show up in person. They will not release the animal to anyone but the adopter. You cannot send someone else in to adopt for you.
A valid photo ID showing that you are 18 years of age or older
Proof of current address
Your landlord’s contact information (if you rent)
Please make sure your own pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations, including the optional Canine Influenza vaccination, before bringing them into the shelters and before bringing a dog from the shelter into your home.
Additional NYC ACC Rules
- If you have children living in your home, they must accompany you to the shelter to participate in the adoption process.
- If you want a kitten under the age of 8 weeks, you will need a rescue to pull it for you.
- If you have a dog already, your dog must come with you to the shelter.
- You should also complete the Dog or Cat Questionnaire and bring it with you. The forms are on the ACC website here.