Free Adoption Event
Stay tuned for our next adoption event to bring home a pet at no charge. These one-day events apply to all cats and dogs available for adoption on the event date and are made possible by a grant from Petco Foundation. Adopters can have their names added to wait lists for stray animals with holding periods that expire after the event date but such animals will not be included in the fee-waiver.
Please remember to bring a collar and leash or pet carrier to ensure that pets can leave on the scheduled release date and make it to their new homes safely.
Check out our adoptable (and adorable) pets
The links below showcase just a few of the dogs, cats, and other pets at the shelter who are waiting for new homes. There are plenty more waiting at the shelter who are just as adorable and also in need of loving guardians.
Before falling in love with a pet, make sure you familiarize yourself with the adoption process, fees, and other information provided below.
What You Should Know About the Adoption Process
Before adopting an animal into your home, we will ask you for some information to help us ensure the well being of the animal you wish to adopt, and to ensure the same for any pets that you may already have at home. We always encourage potential adopters to think about all of the responsibilities and expenses associated with owning a pet because we want to ensure that adopters are up to the task and ready for the commitment for the life of the pet. Once you have determined that you are ready to share your home with a pet, the next step is visiting the shelter to meet the animals awaiting new homes. After visiting with the animal that you are 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 of interest. As part of the adoption process, you will be asked to complete the following steps:
- Complete paperwork and answer a few questions
- Show proof of identity
- Read and sign an adoption contract
- Pay the appropriate fees (see "Adoption Fees" below)
Puppy (<6 mos)
|Dog (>6 mos)
|Senior Dog (>7 yrs)
|Kitten (<6 mos)
|Cat (>6 mos)
|Senior Cat (>7 yrs)
Dog and cat fees cover the veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, vaccines, disease screening (FeLV for cats only), license, microchip identification, initial dose of flea control, a free starter bag of Fromm Family Pet Food, and a free health exam voucher.
- 2-Fur-1 Cats: Adopt one cat, get second cat free,
- Year round promotion
- Applies to all cats over 5 months of age
- Senior Person Discount (For non senior animals)
- $103.50 for dogs
- $60.00 for cats
- Senior Animal Discount (For non senior citizens)
- Animals over 7 years of age
- $73.50 for senior dogs
- $45.00 for senior cats
- Seniors-For-Seniors Program
- Any person over the age of 60 can adopt any animal over 7 years of age at no charge.
- License fees will apply for dogs.
Hours & Location
Have questions about adoption or any of the animals you see? Call the office at (585) 428-7274, email us, or visit us (and the animals) in person. Also, check out our quarterly newsletter to learn more about what's happening at Animal Services.
Thank You PetSaver
The City of Rochester is grateful to PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore for its donation of all of the cat litter and pet food used at the Animal Services Center. This support enables Animal Services to purchase veterinary supplies and shelter enrichment items that would not otherwise be possible.