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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.

Donate to Boost Adoptions

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.

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.

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Why are the dogs listed as mixed breeds?

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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If there are no dogs listed, please do not fret. That means that the dogs are getting reunited with owners or adopted into new homes right away. Check back frequently to see who might be looking for a new home with you. Also check out the pets in need of rehoming at our Home to Home site.

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: 9 a.m. to 3 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 pet 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. 


 

 

Thank You Pet Supplies Plus

The City of Rochester is grateful to Pet Supplies Plus for its donation of all of the cat litter and pet food used at the Animal Services Center. This support enables Animal Services to purchase veterinary supplies and shelter enrichment items that would not otherwise be possible.


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