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Free Adoption Events

These one-day events apply to all cats and dogs that are available for adoption on the event date and are made possible by support from charitable organizations and private businesses. Adopters can have their names added to wait lists for stray animals with holding periods that expire after the event date but such animals will not be included in the fee-waiver. For more information, visit Pet Adoption Program.

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Some donors have expressed interest in sponsoring the adoption of a particular animal. Others may want to contribute to medical expenses or special needs for other animals. These may be animals that have been with us for longer than others or for animals with some special needs that may be deterring adopters. In either case, such contributions help place pets into new homes quicker. If you are interested in making a donation toward a specific animal's adoption fees or expenses related to medical or special needs care, please notify us at AnimalServices@cityofrochester.gov so that we can ensure that your contribution is allocated for those particular purposes.

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Visual breed identification in dogs is subjective and frequently inaccurate and the consequences associated with using particular labels can be significant. Therefore, we are no longer using breed labels for our adoptable dogs unless we are provided corresponding documentation from the previous owner. Without pedigree records from a breeder or DNA testing, breed labels will not be used on our web postings, kennel cards, rabies certificates, or dog licenses. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each one based on personality, not by suspected breed composition. 

To learn more about this topic, we encourage you to read Visual Breed Identification: A Literature Review

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When making an online donation to a specific animal, please explain the purpose and enter the animal's name and reference number in the memo field.

 

Adoptable Dogs

Visit these adorable companions and other homeless pets at the Animal Services Center:
184 Verona Street, Rochester, New York 14608 (view a map)
Monday - Saturday:11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Wednesdays open until 7:30 p.m.)
Closed Sundays

For more information, contact our office at (585) 428-7274 or email us.  

 

   

  

 

 

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If you do not find that special match today, please check back with us frequently as new dogs come in daily.  Also consider contacting one of the other shelters or pet rescue organizations in our area. By adopting from our partners, you may be facilitating transfer of another cat from Rochester Animal Services to one of those organizations. You  can also use the Finding Rover tool provided below to search for adoptable animals in our areas. Saving lives is a community effort and we are making great things happen together. 


 

 

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