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Rochester Animal Services

About Animal Services


Rochester Animal Services (RAS) envisions a community where our neighbors are empowered to stay together with their pets, have a central destination to find a new pet; where neighborhoods are enhanced through pet ownership, and lost pets are kept safe and nurtured. 


RAS' mission is to serve Rochester’s people and animals, to maintain healthy neighborhoods, support and preserve the human-animal bond by saving and enhancing lives, provide a safe haven for the most at-risk animals in our community and promote RAS as a destination to find a new family member.  

Benefits of pet-ownership

Pet-ownership can positively impact owner's physical and mental wellbeing. Pets help prevent feelings of loneliness, give people purpose, and build resiliency. Pet owners contribute to our economy through purchase of pet products, pet services, and veterinary care. Pet ownership is also pro-social and bolsters a sense of community. Check out this report from Better Cities for Pets to learn how.    


Animal Services

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. daily

How You Can Help


Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization helps ensure we have the space and resources to care for our community’s most at-risk animals.




Fostering a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. By adopting from a shelter or rescue organization, you help us ensure we have the space and resources to care for our community's most at-risk animals. 




Volunteers are critical to serving animals and people in our community. Typical roles include dog walking, clinic support, customer service, shelter greeters, outreach and pet support, offsite adoption events, lost pet reunification, self-rehoming support, transportation, research and data analysis, and website management. Volunteer your time, talent, and treasure!




It is more important than ever to ensure we have the resources to provide general husbandry, medical care, support foster caregivers, and provide resources to pet owners in under-served neighborhoods.



Support Our Friends

Verona Street Animal Society

The Verona Street Animal Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to help support the mission and programs of Rochester Animal Services.

Annual Fundraiser

Learn more about the event and stay tuned for notification about The Fast & The Furriest® 2024.


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