News Release from Rochester Animal Services

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City of Rochester
News Release

City Offering Dogs for Adoption at No Charge. 

Rochester, NY (April 14, 2014) — The City of Rochester will be waiving adoption fees for select dogs on Saturday April 19, 2014.  All dogs that have been spayed or neutered will be available for visitation and adoption at no charge except for the state-mandated dog license fee. The event is being supported by the Verona Street Animal Society and will run from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center at 184 Verona Street.

Although spring is generally viewed as “kitten season” with shelters becoming inundated by litters of unwanted kittens, Animal Services has recently experienced an increase in dog intakes and has been operating at capacity for the past few weeks. “There are dogs in our impound area that have been cleared for adoption and are just awaiting cage space in the adoption areas,” said Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services.  “We have some great dogs; too many and it’s not even the busiest season yet.  We need to find homes right away for the dogs at the shelter and those in foster care to open up those spaces for new dogs that keep coming in.”

The promotion is focused on dogs but the shelter also has dozens of cats available for adoption.  The City invites you to visit the Animal Services Center to adopt a pet, become a foster caregiver, join the volunteer program, or to learn about Animal Services, the Verona Street Animal Society, and how to get involved in helping animals within the Rochester community. If you cannot attend but are interested in becoming a foster caregiver, contact Animal Services at 585-428-7274 or

Rochester Animal Services is the City of Rochester’s animal care and control agency located in Rochester at 184 Verona Street just north of Kodak and Frontier Field.  For more information on adoptions, spay and neuter, volunteering, or becoming a foster care-giver, contact the Center at (585) 428-7274 or visit us online at

More Information about Rochester Animal Services (RAS):

●    RAS provided shelter for 2,714 cats and 3,182 dogs during 2013.

●    RAS operates the animal shelter where stray and surrendered pets are temporarily housed.

●    The animal shelter serves as a pet lost-and-found resource, pet adoption center, and low-cost spay neuter clinic.

●    The shelter is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.), and is closed Sundays and select holidays.

The Verona Street Animal Society is dedicated to raising awareness and providing the resources necessary to enable Rochester Animal Services to more effectively serve the public need for animal care and control, pet sterilization, and animal adoption services.  In cooperation with the City of Rochester, the Verona Street Animal Society supports the mission of Rochester Animal Services. For more information about the Verona Street Animal Society visit our webpage at and “Like us” on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at

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