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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Jay Kalathil

It is very ironic; most of the pet lovers follow non-vegetarian diet. Big talk about animal cruelty will not resolve the issue. Sincerity is very important in this movement.


They are talking about animal abuse. It is not animal abuse to humanly kill an animal for food. And dogs and cats are carnivores. There choice for food is meat. They don't like vegetables. It is your own choice to feed your animals a vegan diet which is starving them of what there diet should consist of.


Jamie, my dogs all eat veggies and love them! They eat carrots and potatoes, and asparagus and broccoli... and more! I feed them a good dry food as well, but, veggies are so important in their diets and they are all over 13 years old now... all four of them for their entire lives have eaten lots of vegetables... Good for me! Good for THEM!!


Im with Nini!!!!! Thanks!


Nina I think she is talking about an all veggie diet for pets. Cats would die as they need meat high in protein. Your dry food has meat by products in it. I think people are confused about a all veggie diet .


While I have to agree that it IS a humans right to choose to eat meat or not -- I have to agree with Jay that I also have had a hard time understanding how people can love their pets, yet wear fur coats and eat animals that are TORTURED to death. Have you ever been to a slaughter house? Trust me -- there is NOTHING humane about it!

However -- I guess I see the same thing with parents.
Parents would be horrified if their daughter was raped -- but when it happens to other people's daughters in other countries -- its OK and easy to turn a blind eye.

Hopefully -- we will all treat animals and humans and trees and more the SAME way and that is with a LOT of respect and love!


I have been and grew up around slaughter houses. There's good and bad one's out their. What about China dog/cat markets, they feel beating an animals before throwing it in a pan of hot boiling water makes for a more tender meat. I don't think anything is humane about killing of anything but you do what you have to , too survive.


It about time N.Y address the animal problem They kills so many pets every day.It nothing for them to kill kittens never mind the adults .What about new shelters ?? I cross post the kill list every night out of Brooklyn urgent on Facebook and that can be 10 to 20 dogs a night .I don't even go to the cat urgent page They need to open more shelters that the bottom line


No people need to take responsibility for their pets and have them spayed/neutered. People also need to stop breeding children they can't take care of .


I am sooo glad they are opening up 2 facilities for just "Kittens". I wanted to open up my own place w/a name I came up with. But I realized how much monies has to go into it! Wouldn't I just love to work for this place since I love kittens!