Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
The ASPCA Adoption Center is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. To allow us to finalize your adoption process in the same day, please make sure you arrive at least two hours before closing.
The ASPCA Adoption Center is closed each year on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
Directions by Subway: Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street and walk toward 1st Avenue. Or, take the Q train to 96th Street and walk toward 1st Avenue.
Directions by Bus: Take the M15 Downtown to 2nd Ave – E. 91st St. or the M15 Uptown to 1st Ave – 91st St, or take the M86 Eastbound to 1st Ave – East 91st Street.
Directions by Car: There are several public parking garages in the area for drivers.
Location: 424 E. 92nd St., New York City, NY 10128 (between 1st and York Aves.)
- You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt.
- Adopters are required to provide a government issued photo ID (Driver's License, State Identification Card, Passport, etc.) and separate proof of current address (such as a lease or telephone, utility or cable bill). Government issued photo ID is not accepted as proof of address.
- If you are interested in adopting a dog, please make sure to bring all of the members of your household including any resident dogs. In some cases, this may be a requirement to adopt. If you live alone and have a resident dog, please make sure to bring a trusted friend or family member to wait with your resident dog while you go on a tour, as owned pets are not permitted on tours.
- If you have a resident cat, please leave them at home as we cannot perform any adoptions with resident cats present.
- You may be asked to provide one personal reference, reachable by phone.
- Be sure to check your building's policy relevant to pet ownership to avoid any landlord concerns.
- If you have any questions, please call the Adoption Desk at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.
- Cats over three years of age: FREE *
- Cats age four months to three years: $75.00 *
- Kittens up to four months: $125.00
- Dogs: $75 to $250* (smaller and younger dogs have higher adoption fees**); mandatory obedience classes for puppies are $50.00 for five classes.
- Please note that some of the cats available for adoption will be required to go home in a secure pet carrier, if you already own a secure pet carrier we encourage you to bring it with you when you come to adopt. We strongly urge all adopters, especially those adopting cats over nine months old, to invest in a secure pet carrier. For your convenience, we have secure pet carriers available for purchase or rent for a fee of $35.
*Some exceptions apply.
**NYC residents will need to pay $8.50 for the DOH dog license.
Please note: Our "Cats Free Over Three" promotion is not applicable for pets adopted from our Mobile Adoption program.
Special Weekday Promotion: Cats one year and older: FREE (Monday through Thursday only).
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.