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November 30, 2017

New Pet Shelter Registration Requirements Are Now in Effect Across New York State

Legislation Signed by Governor Cuomo in August Requires Pet Shelters to Register to Provide Increased Transparency to Potential Pet Owners

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball today reminded animal shelters, rescue organizations and other non-profit entities that offer animal adoptions in New York that new registration requirements are now in effect across New York State.  Legislation signed by Governor Cuomo in August 2017 requires these organizations to register with the Department for the first time ever, providing increased transparency to potential pet owners.  

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “We are now in the process of reaching out to all animal shelters and rescues to make sure they are registered with the Department.  This will help us keep New Yorkers better informed about the facilities that are offering companion animals for adoption.”

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has conducted outreach to all pet shelter and rescue entities, outlining the application process to be registered.   Once the Department approves a registration application, the entity will receive a Pet Shelter and Rescue Dealer Registration Number, which is to be prominently displayed on organization websites, publications, and/or advertisements made to the public, letting consumers know that the entity is registered with the Department and determined to have legitimate not-for-profit status.

To find out more about the new requirements, please contact Ana Colon at  The application for the registration can be found at

About the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

The Department, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State’s food supply, land, plants and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries.

The Department operates the Great New York State Fair, and administers the Taste NY initiative, the FreshConnect and New York State Grown & Certified programs. Follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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