About Our Shelter...
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.
Come Meet Our Pets...
The ASPCA Adoption Center has hundreds of cats and dogs awaiting adoption right now. In most cases, you can meet your new friend and take him home the same day.
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.)
Our Adoption Process...
When you are ready to visit the ASPCA Adoption Center at 424 East 92nd Street, please note the following to facilitate the adoption process:
- 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).