NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Animal Care Centers of NYC is no longer accepting dog surrenders because of overcrowding at its facilities.

“We need to suspend dog intakes to focus on caring for the animals already in the shelter and finding them forever homes or placement,” the organization said on its website.

The non-profit organization will still accept dogs that need emergency medical attention or if they pose a public safety risk. People were urged to care for strays that are in good health and to adopt or foster a dog.

Animal Care Centers of NYC is currently waiving all dog adoption fees in an effort to encourage more adoptions. The dogs have all their vaccinations, they have been spayed or neutered, and they have a microchip that registers them.

Animal Care Centers of NYC also offers a program to foster dogs. The nonprofit is looking into additional solutions to resume dog intakes as soon as possible.

Animal Care Centers of NYC operates three shelters in East Harlem, on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. The nonprofit previously suspended the intake of cats for 10 days in the summer.

Buddy’s Dog Den in Greenpoint has seen some dogs being abandoned at the park. They also work with private rescue agencies to place dogs. 

Charline Charles is a digital journalist from Brooklyn who has covered local news along with culture and arts in the New York City area since 2019. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.