We require the same policies and procedures that Rochester Animal Services requires when releasing an animal to their owner.
New York State Agriculture and Markets Law requires unidentified dogs be held for a minimum of five days for a potential owner to reclaim a missing pet. Dogs with licenses must be held for seven days to allow for time to mail notification of seizure to the owner of record.
What You Will Need To Reclaim Your Pet
- Dog license (Agiculture and Markets Law requires all dogs over 4 months of age be licensed by the town or city clerk of residence)
- Rabies certificate (Public Health Law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months and over by vaccinated against rabies)
- Veterinary records
- Photographs - In the absence of any of the documents listed above, photographs may be provided to establish ownership
- Payment - All shelter fees and animal fines must be paid before the pet will be released to the owner.
Sterilization is Required
The City of Rochester has a sterilization ordinance that requires all cats and dogs adopted or reclaimed from the Animal Services Center be spayed or neutered prior to release. The intent of the ordinance is to address the variety of animal control concerns presented by intact animal including the following:
- Uncontrolled breeding results in unwanted litters
- Shelter overcrowding with stray, feral, and unwanted animals
- Intact animals are more likely to roam in search of mates
- Stray and roaming animals face hazards including collisions with automobiles, parasite infestations, starvation, encounters with other strays and wildlife, ingestion of poisons
- Intact animals often display negative behaviors that result in relinquishment to shelters (e.g., spraying, female estrus ("heat") cycle, certain forms of aggression)