Pet Safety Net Program

 Temporary Emergency Pet Housing

If you are facing an emergency and need short-term housing for your pet, Rochester Animal Services may be able to help.  With the support of our volunteers and foster caregivers, our Pet Safety Net program offers temporary boarding in a foster home for pets of city residents facing hardship. 

Pet Safety Net program requirements include but are not limited to: 

  • Owner must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the City of Rochester at the time of admission.  Proof of residency and age will be required. 
  • Owner must have two forms of contact (phone, email, etc.) and consent to regular contact with staff. Owner must also provide an emergency contact or advocate. 
  • Pets must be generally healthy and friendly with people and other animals.  Animals with special behavioral or medical needs may be accepted based on the availability of suitable foster homes. 
  • We are able to accommodate a maximum of two dogs or cats per owner. 

All animals entering the Pet Safety Net program will be evaluated medically and behaviorally and will be vaccinated and microchipped, as necessary.  Our goal is to facilitate reunification with your pet within 30 days.  Extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about the Pet Safety Net program and see if you qualify, please submit this brief form.  Our Pet Safety Net team will reach out within 72 hours to discuss your situation.  Contact us sooner rather than later.  The more time we have, the better able we are to assist.