Donate to Animal Services


Help the Animals Fund

Animal Services has a trust fund for financial contributions and uses such gifts for purchasing supplies and services not provided by the City's operating budget. As a municipal agency, contributions to Animal Services may be tax-deductible because they are used for public purposes pursuant to Internal Revenue Service Code, Section 170. Donors should consult a tax advisor to determine if part or all of their contributions are tax deductible.


Some examples of supplies funded by your donations include an anesthesia machine and scavenger system and an autoclave for our clinic, which enable our veterinary unit to perform greater volumes of spay and neuter surgeries. We have also used donations to purchase "Adopt Me" vests for shelter dogs and table throws and tents for off site adoption events and festivals. Such items help highlight particular dogs or promote the adoption program in general. The off site adoption events and festival appearances are important in stimulating adoptions, generating public awareness of Animal Services' programs, and building community support for saving more lives.


Contributions may also be used to help support additional veterinary services at the Animal Services Center. Although the City employs a full-time Shelter Veterinarian and two full-time Veterinary Technicians, Animal Services establishes contracts with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to provide coverage for absences and weekend and after-hour shifts to ensure that sheltered animals receive quality care. Such contract work also enables Animal Services to provide more spay and neuter surgeries for owned pets through the Low-Income Spay Neuter (LISN) program.

You can donate to the Help The Animals Fund right now using your credit card.

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Honoring & Memorial Gifts 

Remembering or honoring an individual or pet with a gift to Rochester Animal Services is a meaningful way to acknowledge someone significant in your life. Special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or holidays are other times when donations can be a meaningful gift. To make a gift in honor of someone online, click the donation button above and please send a message to explaining the purpose for your contribution and to whom acknowledgments should be directed. If you would prefer to mail a donation, please send a check made payable to Rochester Animal Services to: 

     Animal Services Center 
     184 Verona Street
     Rochester, NY 14608

Fun Racing & Fundraising 

Join Rochester Animal Services and the Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS) for The Fast & The Furriest® on the first Saturday in June. The event features 10K and 5K road races, a 1-mile dog walk, pet festival, and live music. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds to support spay/neuter, adoption, foster care, and other programs provided by Animal Services. To learn more about the event and how you can get involved visit, call 585-237-8366, or email

Wish List

RAS welcomes donations of a variety of items that help to maintain or improve the care and comfort for animals while at the shelter. Our wish list includes the following items for the various programs:  

 Animal Care 

  • Dry cat and dog food*
  • Canned cat and dog food*
  • 6-foot leashes
  • Professional grooming clippers
  • Easy Walk Harnesses - Size Med/Lg 
  • Pet shampoo
  • Pet carriers and training crates



  • Pet Ear Thermomotor 
  • Powder stain remover
  • Distilled water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Puppy training pads
  • Chux/underpads 
  • Baby food (meat varieties only)
  • 3 fl oz "dixie" cups
  • Hypo-allergenic, fragrance free baby wipes 


Community Outreach 

  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Training crates
  • Pet food (unopened)
  • Puzzle feeders
  • Enrichment toys
  • Dog house kits
  • Flea medication
  • Metal water bowls
  • Metal food bowls


  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Pet-friendly ice melt
  • Lint rollers
  • Brooms
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plastic storage bins with lids



  • Peanut Butter (low fat and regular)
  • Squeeze Cheeze 
  • Nylabones 
  • Puzzle feeders
  • Enrichment toys
  • Fruit-scented air fresheners
  • Extracts (Vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove,
    Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, Strawberry, Coconut)




  • Canned dog food
  • Bully sticks
  • Pig ears



Transfer & Transportation 

  • Unopened cat food
  • Cat litter
  • Gas cards and pre-paid credit cards for volunteers to transport animals to distant shelters
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Pet carriers and training crates

* Animal Services feeds Hills Science Diet pet foods at the shelter. To avoid stomach upset associated with changing foods, we respectfully request that any donated foods be from that same manufacturer. Contact us at 585-428-7274 for specific products used at the shelter. Pet foods from other manufacturers may be provided to our pets in foster care or to the general public.

Give a pet a bed cat-bed-2

kurandabed2Our dogs and cats love to sleep on Kuranda Pet Beds, but we do not have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a shelter cat or dog to sleep in comfort, please click on the link above.


For more information about how your donation can help, please call (585) 428-7274 or email the Animal Services Center.