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Volunteer to Help NYC's Animals

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help NYC's animals. Volunteers play a critical role in saving the lives of homeless pets and improving conditions for NYC's community cats. We want to help you find a way to volunteer that offers you an experience that you can both enjoy and feel is making a difference. There are many ways you can help!

Hands-on Work with Animals or Fostering for a Shelter or Rescue Group

If you'd like to volunteer directly with animals, we encourage you to explore opportunities at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) or another animal shelter or rescue group.

If you'd like to foster an animal, we suggest you contact Animal Care Centers of NYC, City Critters, KittyKind, or another animal shelter or rescue group.

Learn more about fostering an animal.

Volunteer with Feral & Stray Community Cats

If you want to help the community cats in your neighborhood, become a Certified TNR Caretaker. Visit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative website to learn how Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) humanely reduces the number of community cats living outdoors, and how you can help by attending a free TNR certification workshop.

Volunteer at Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Pet Vaccination Clinics

Each year the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) holds free pet vaccination clinics in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Most of these clinics provide opportunities for up to twenty or more volunteers to assist DOHMH staff. Vet techs are especially in demand, but volunteers from almost any background who are over 18 years of age are invited to participate. If you'd like to volunteer to help at these clinics, please email (and say that you learned about this volunteer opportunity on the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals website).

Volunteer at Events

If you would like to volunteer to help animals at pet adoption, fundraising, tabling, or community events, you should contact animal shelters and rescue groups to see if they have a need for volunteers to staff their events.

Other Ways You Can Help

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Donate Supplies to APOs

Your efforts are critical to saving the lives of NYC's homeless pets and community cats. Thank you for offering your time, energy, and skills to help. We thank you — and so do the animals!