Pet Adoption Program

Reduced Fees For Cat and Dog Adoptions

Adoption fees are $30 for cats and $50 for dogs

Free Adoption Events

 Check back again for our next free adoption event.

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 Petco Love. Adopters can have their names added to wait lists for stray animals with holding periods that expire after the event date and they will still be free. Additionally, regular adoption fees may apply for adopters added to waiting lists prior to the event date.

Those interested in attending should prepare for long waits given that many attendees begin lining up hours before the shelter opens and then, when the event begins, visitors are allowed access to the facility in small groups to minimize stress on animals. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, please bring a collar and leash or pet carrier to ensure that your new pets are transported to their new homes safely.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we are doing our best to serve hundreds of people all hoping for a chance to adopt one of the dozens of animals currently in our care.

Please remember to bring a collar and leash or pet carrier to ensure that pets can leave on the scheduled release date and make it to their new homes safely.


Check out our adoptable (and adorable) pets

The links below showcase just a few of the dogs, cats, and other pets at the shelter who are waiting for new homes. There are plenty more waiting at the shelter who are just as adorable and also in need of loving guardians.

Before falling in love with a pet, make sure you familiarize yourself with the adoption process, fees, and other information provided below.

Dogs  Cats    Other pets

What You Should Know About the Adoption ProcessIFB-adopt-me-dog

Before adopting an animal into your home, we will ask you for some information to help us ensure the well being of the animal you wish to adopt, and to ensure the same for any pets that you may already have at home. We always encourage potential adopters to think about all of the responsibilities and expenses associated with owning a pet because we want to ensure that adopters are up to the task and ready for the commitment for the life of the pet. All of our adoptable animals can be viewed on our website, or in person at the shelter at 184 Verona Street.  If you see anyone that you are interested in on our website, you may click on their picture to submit an application.  Once submitted, we will have your application on file when you visit the Animal Shelter. We process adoptions same-day for those who are submitting an adoption form in-person, so you may not be first in line for adoption consideration.  If you would like to move forward with the next steps in adoption, please come visit Rochester Animal Services during adoption hours.

Adoption Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Submitting an application is not a hold or reservation, and does not guarantee an approval. We will review your application with you in person when you visit the Animal Shelter.  Feel free to ask questions about spaying or neutering, house training, obedience training, controlling fleas and ticks, and anything else of interest. As part of the adoption process, you will be asked to complete the following steps:

  • Provide general contact information (i.e., name, address, phone number, email)
  • Show proof of identity
  • Read and sign an adoption agreement
  • Pay the appropriate fees (see "Adoption Fees" below)

Adoption Fees

Species   Fee    Species   Fee  

Puppy (<6 mos)

$50 Ferret $28
Dog (>6 mos) $50 Rabbit $30
Senior Dog (>7 yrs) $50 Pocket Pet $3
Kitten (<6 mos) $30 Parakeet $8
Cat (>6 mos) $30 Cockatiel $30
Senior Cat (>7 yrs) $30 Parrot $500
    Macaw $1000


Dog and cat fees cover the veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, vaccines, disease screening ( HW for dogs and FELV/FIV for cats), dog license, microchip identification, ID tag, initial dose of flea control, a store voucher from Pet Supplies Plus for a free bag of pet food, and a free health exam voucher.    

Adoption Discounts

  • 2-Fur-1 Cats: Adopt one cat, get second cat free,
    • Year round promotion
    • Applies to all cats over 5 months of age
  • Senior Person Discount (For non-senior animals) 
    • $112 for dogs
    • $67.00 for cats
  • Senior Animal Discount (For non-senior citizens)
    • Animals over 7 years of age
    • $82 for senior dogs
    • $52.00 for senior cats
  • Seniors-For-Seniors Program
    • Any person over the age of 60 can adopt any animal over 7 years of age at no charge. 
    • License fees apply for dogs.


Hours & Location


Have questions about adoption or any of the animals you see? Call the office at (585) 428-7274, email us, or visit us (and the animals) in person. 

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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