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Rochester Animal Services (RAS) is a municipal animal care and control agency that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and safety for city residents and their animals, the promotion of responsible pet ownership, and the reduction of animal overpopulation to reduce animal suffering and euthanasia. RAS enforces all New York State and City of Rochester ordinances pertaining to animal control. We operate an animal shelter for stray, injured, and disowned animals that serves both as an adoption center and as a site for locating lost pets. We strive to provide the best possible care for every animal in our charge.

Adopting a friend

Before adopting an animal into your home, we will ask you to fill out some paperwork and answer a few questions. You will be asked for proof of identity and also for veterinary references. This is for the well being of the animal you wish to adopt and for any pets you may already have at home. After visiting with the animal you're interested in, you will have a counseling session with a staff member who will inform you of the history, special needs, and food and exercise requirements. Feel free to ask questions about spaying or neutering, house training, obedience training, controlling fleas and ticks, and anything else you are concerned about. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and to pay the appropriate fees. The fees cover the veterinary care, spay/neuter surgeries, de-worming, vaccines, microchipping, heartworm testing for dogs, Felv/FIV testing for cats, license(for dogs), initial dose of Advantage, a free starter bag of Hill's Science Diet food, and a free health exam voucher. Microchip identification "tags" can also be purchased at the shelter for your other pets at home. The following are just a few of the dogs, cats, and other pets at the shelter who are waiting for new homes. There are plenty more who are just as adorable and who are also in need of responsible guardians. For more information, contact our office at (585) 428-7274, email us at pk1268@cityofrochester.gov , or come see us and the animals in person. Shelter hours are Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Wednesdays open until 7:30 p.m.) Closed Sundays.

Come Visit Us!


Rochester Animal Services
184 Verona Street
Rochester NY 14608
Phone: (585)428-7274

Email: pk1268@cityofrochester.gov
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