Find Local Shelter Resources and Help Animals Near You

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If you’re looking to adopt or foster a dog or cat, volunteer to help homeless pets in your community, or report a lost or found animal, your best bet is to identify and contact your local animal shelter.

You can locate a municipal or nonprofit shelter or rescue organization near you by using Petfinder's shelter list. Additionally, the ASPCA has several programs in New York City, Los Angeles and North Carolina serving cats and dogs who may often be overlooked and benefit from specialized support to find their dream home.

Volunteer or Foster

Help animals in NYC by volunteering your time at the ASPCA Adoption Center or Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) in one of the city’s five boroughs or consider fostering a pet.

Outside NYC
To learn how you can volunteer or help foster animals in your community, use Petfinder’s shelter list to locate and contact an independent shelter or rescue near you.

Foster Cats from the ASPCA in Los Angeles »


For a list of ASPCA animals who are available for adoption, select one of the following:
Dogs and Cats in NYC »
Cats in Los Angeles »
Dogs in North Carolina »

Use our national database below to see animals looking for homes at municipal and nonprofit shelters and rescue organizations across the country.
Dogs in Your Local Shelters »
Cats in Your Local Shelters »

You could also 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 Found Animals

If you’ve found a lost pet or stray animal in your area, contact your local shelter for guidance on the best steps to take. For those located in New York City, you can find more information on how to report a stray animal on NYC311. Residents of Los Angeles can reference the LA Animal Services website. When coming across stray kittens outdoors, be sure to review the ASPCA’s online resource about the best course of action to take to avoid unintentionally orphaning kittens who are being cared for by their mother.