ASPCA to Open New Facility to Care for NYC’s Most Vulnerable Animals

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 4:45pm
Tiny kitten getting bottle fed

As the oldest animal welfare organization in the country, the ASPCA is deeply committed to saving the lives of homeless and abused dogs and cats. That’s why we are so excited to announce not one but two groundbreaking initiatives on behalf of New York City’s animals! Today we unveiled our official plans for the ASPCA Kitten Ward, as well as the NYPD CARE ward for canine cruelty victims. Here are the details:

ASPCA Kitten Ward

This brand new facility will be dedicated to providing life-saving care and treatment for kittens too young to survive on their own. The ward will serve both nursing cats with litters and orphaned kittens that are taken in by Animal Care & Control (AC&C) throughout the five boroughs on a daily basis. The nursery is designed to accommodate a full capacity of up to 2,300 kittens over the course of a full feline breeding season (April through September).

Kittens in the nursery will receive care from specially-trained ASPCA staff until they are old enough to be microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered. At eight weeks of age, they will be made available at the ASPCA Adoption Center.

“Approximately 4,500 kittens entered AC&C last year, overwhelming an already overpopulated shelter system, but it’s a problem we can thankfully address,” said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center. “When we open our 24/7 ASPCA Kitten Nursery, we will be supporting a very vulnerable population of animals and bringing New York City one step closer to being a community in which every animal has the best possible chance.”

Gloria Gurney CARE Ward

As a result of groundbreaking partnership between the NYPD and ASPCA, more animal abuse complaints than ever are being addressed, and more cruelty victims are being rescued by law enforcement and brought to the ASPCA for medical treatment and eventual placement.  At the current pace, the NYPD will make three times as many arrests and—together with the ASPCA—save five times as many victims of animal cruelty in New York City this year than the ASPCA alone was able to do during any year in recent history.

To provide treatment and care for this increasing number of canine cruelty victims, the new ASPCA Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for Recovery & Enrichment (CARE)—made possible by the estate of generous benefactor Gloria Gurney—will house up to 60 dogs seized by the NYPD as part of animal cruelty investigations.

These two new programs add to the heavy investment the ASPCA has already made toward at-risk animals in New York City, and we are so excited to continue to positively impact the lives of so many dogs and cats in need. 

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