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380 N. Oak Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-851-5694 or 851-4265
Fax: 716-851-5096

Open daily 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday until 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:30-2:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays


City of Buffalo Animal Shelter FAQ's

Q: How long will it take for my application to be processed?
A: 1-2 business days. If you are interested in a specific pet and want to check the status of your application you can call the shelter during normal business hours.

Q: Why do we have to spay/neuter the pet we are going to adopt?
A: The Buffalo Animal Shelter requires that every dog/cat leaving the shelter be spayed or neutered to help control the stray dog/cat population.

Q: How can I become a Foster Parent?
A: By becoming a Friends of CBAS volunteer. Once you are a volunteer you will be provided with all of the information that you need to become a Foster Parent.

Q: What is Kennel Cough?
A: Kennel Cough is a highly contagious, airborne disease. The virus can be transmitted by nose to nose contact or by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, such as clothing, toys, and or food /water bowls. This disease is most common in dogs that have been boarded in kennels or shelters. Kennel Cough is treatable, and is not life threatening unless left untreated. If left untreated, it may develop into pneumonia. This is a dog disease only and cannot be transmitted to cats or people.

Q: What can I do to protect my dog in case it is ever lost?
A: Make sure your animal always has some form of identification on him/her. A microchip implant, tattoo or a simple tag on their collar can ensure that your pet is returned to you. All dogs that leave the Buffalo Animal Shelter are provided with ID Tags that will ID them in the event they are lost.

Q: Where do your animals come from?
A: Stray animals and pets surrendered by their owners make up the majority of the animals received at the shelter. Many of these pets are excellent companion animals that have been abandoned by their owners for reasons unrelated to the pet's behavior.