The first year of the ASPCA-NYPD partnership saw record-breaking results: In 2014, there were 134 cruelty arrests by the NYPD and over 420 animals rescued and treated by the ASPCA, an increase of nearly 219 percent and 217 percent, respectively, over 2013.
In May 2014, we announced plans to open the ASPCA Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for Recovery & Enrichment (CARE) Ward to house dogs seized by the NYPD as part of animal cruelty investigations. The facility, which can accommodate up to 50 dogs, was completed in October 2015.
The new 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 create as calming an experience 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 will give the staff a place to prepare food and enrichment treats to keep the dogs physically and mentally stimulated during the day. Two spacious exercise rooms, one of which can be divided into two areas, will be used for daily exercise and training sessions.