Animal shelters, rescue organizations and other non-profit entities that offer animal adoptions in New York that are now required to register with the Department, per legislation signed by Former Governor Cuomo in August 2017. This is part of an effort  to provide increased transparency to potential pet owners.

Get Registered

To register, entities should fill out the application form below and submit it to the Department. 

After the registration application is approved, the entity will then receive a Pet Shelter and Rescue Dealer Registration Number. This number should be prominently displayed on all organization websites, publications, and advertisements made to the public. This lets consumers know that the entity is registered with the Department and has been determined to have legitimate not-for-profit status.

Find a Rescue or Shelter

If you are looking to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue organization, please check out the list below to see the registered entities in New York State.

Related: Pet Dealers

Selling dogs or cats? You may be required to get licensed as a pet dealer.

Learn more 

Use the document below to learn whether you need to register as a rescue or become a licensed pet dealer.