Find a Shelter

Whether you’re looking to adopt or foster an animal, volunteer to help homeless pets in your community, or report animal cruelty or a lost or found animal, your best bet is reaching out to your local animal shelter.

Adopting a Pet

Live in New York City? Visit the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan to adopt or foster an animal! You can also check out photos of our adoptable animals:

View Adoptable Dogs at the ASPCA »
View Adoptable Cats at the ASPCA »

Live outside of NYC? Our national database includes animals looking for homes in shelters across the country.

Search for Adoptable Dogs in Your Local Shelter »
Search for Adoptable Cats in Your Local Shelter »

You can also locate the shelter nearest you by visiting Petfinder's shelter list.

Or, consider finding your new furry family member through owner-to-owner adoption. Visit Get Your Pet, an online community where people looking to adopt a pet can connect with people who need to find their pet a new home.

Where to Report Cruelty

If you live in New York City and need to report animal cruelty, please contact 311. To report crimes in progress in any borough, please call 911.

In Other Areas
Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state. These people typically work for your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct.

Please visit our Report Animal Cruelty page to find out more. 

Volunteering for Animals

Volunteers assist in the care of the dogs and cats housed in our shelter, help place them in loving homes and provide support for administrative programs. Help Big Apple pets by volunteering your time at the ASPCA in Manhattan or Animal Care & Control (AC&C) in one of the city’s five boroughs.

Outside NYC
To learn how you can volunteer for animals in your neighborhood, visit Petfinder’s shelter list