Animal Care Centers of NYC in crisis; temporarily suspending cat intake

Due to a population crisis, New York City’s only open admissions animal shelter system has made the decision to temporarily stop taking in cats.

This applies to both owner surrenders and members of the public who might find a stray cat. Cats that require emergency medical care and those brought in by city agencies will be accepted.

Animal Care Centers of New York is currently caring for at least 450 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs at their three shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. This puts them at critical capacity, with all cages occupied and crates being set up outside the adoption areas, including in office space.

Katy Hansen, ACC Director of Marketing and Communications told 1010 WINS, while there are multiple reasons people are giving up their pets, it’s most often financial, due to inflation and the rising cost of pet care, with some having to choose between feeding their family or their dog or cat.

Those looking to surrender an animal can still receive assistance including with Veterinary care, pet food and supplies, behavior training/counseling and assistance with housing issues. To utilize any of those resources, email Those who’ve exhausted all possible options and still need to surrender your cat, should call (212) 788-4000.

If you want to help, you can adopt, foster, volunteer or make a monetary or in-kind donation of supplies. ACC’s Brooklyn shelter is currently seeking clean sheets, towels and blankets. Please click HERE to learn more about getting involved, and click HERE to donate.