The Community Pets Program is a compassionate outreach initiative of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Our goal is simple: keep pets together with their human families by providing access to necessary health and welfare resources for pets.
ACC’s Community Dog Program works within Bronx neighborhoods to identify dog owners in need and assist them, as much as possible, in keeping their dogs. Low and no-cost vaccination clinic events, a food bank, free training seminars and spay/neuter services are just some of what ACC offers. For more information, please contact CommunityDogs@nycacc.org.
Community Pet Clinics
ACC’s Community Pet Clinics provide free vaccinations for dogs and cats, including rabies, DAPP, FVRCP, bordetella and canine influenza—as well as microchips and referrals for free spay/neuter surgeries—at pop-up clinics scheduled throughout the Bronx.
At these clinics, we also take the opportunity to learn more about other concerns pet owners may have, and connect them with resources that are offered as part of the Community Pets program or through other agencies.
Pet Food Pantry
ACC’s Pet Food Pantry, housed at our Bronx Admissions Center, is open seven days a week from 8am-8pm for dog and cat owners who may be experiencing difficulties in providing for their loved ones.
With a generous grant from Animal Farm Foundation and donations from New Yorkers, ACC’s Bronx Admissions Center will provide dog and cat food to those in need in the borough. Owners must bring their pets in for free microchipping and sign an enrollment agreement in order to begin receiving pet food. Pet Food Pantry - Bronx Admissions Center
464 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Animal Care Centers of NYC will distribute food to clients at its discretion and according to pet age and size. ACC retains the right to revoke food pantry privileges, including for cases of suspected misuse. Clients agree that they are getting food for their own personal pets only.
Training and Education
Through partnerships with local trainers, ACC’s Community Dog Program offers free workshops for dog owners and their canines. By assisting owners in addressing common behavior problems, we can empower dog owners to work to solve behavior issues they previously thought were out of their control. We also sponsor special topic sessions, such as the Family Dog presentations, which offer advice to new parents on how to manage a household where both children and dogs are safe.
While ACC does not performed spay/neuter surgeries for owned animals, our Community Dog Program can provide dog owners with spay/neuter resources and make appointments with the ASPCA and other partners.
Community Dogs Blog
Community Clinics Launched Posted December 21, 2015
On November 22, our Community Dogs Program held its first free vaccination clinic at Bathgate Playground in the Bronx. We provided free vaccines and microchips to 76 dogs! 20 dogs also received spay/neuter appointments with the ASPCA. Read more here.
Become a Community Dog Advocate
There are many reasons that a dog may be surrendered or end up stray. Most often, owners reluctantly give up a pet they feel they can no longer care for due to lack of resources—training, health care, housing, food. Contrary to the common misperception of owners surrendering their pets, we have found that almost all the owners we meet do care about their dogs, and this program is a non-judgmental approach to identifying and helping protect that bond by providing the resources they may lack.
ACC’s goal is to reduce the number of pets surrendered to our city shelters each year.
You can help us by becoming a Community Dog Advocate. This team of advocates will help distribute information and resources within their community, and alert ACC to pets and families in their neighborhoods who may need help (and possibly are reluctant to ask for it).
Learn basic commends and ask questions about behavior concerns. Join trainer Garrett Rosso from Village Dogworks (www.villagedogworks.com) for these free sessions in the Bronx. All dogs must be leashed and vaccinated.