In May 2014, the ASPCA Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for Recovery & Enrichment (CARE) launched to house dogs brought by the NYPD to the ASPCA in connection with animal cruelty investigations.
The 5,000-square-foot facility is located near the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) and Adoption Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Because dogs often arrive at CARE after receiving intensive medical treatment at AAH, the center was specifically designed to offer as calming an environment as possible. Paint colors that are relaxing to a dog’s eye were chosen for the walls, and skylights line the hallways to provide a natural sunrise and sunset experience. A full-size kitchen gives staff a place to prepare food and enrichment treats to keep the dogs physically and mentally stimulated during the day. Spacious exercise rooms are used for daily exercise and training sessions.