Exciting changes are in store for New York City’s shelter pets this year!
Last week, the New York City Health Department and Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) announced several big changes that will go a long way toward improving conditions and outcomes for homeless animals—including a new, $5 million adoption facility. The organization will receive more than $8 million in City capital funding for improvements this year.
AC&C is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, taking in more than 30,000 animals from New York City’s five boroughs every year. In partnership with the City, AC&C will use the new resources to design and construct the new adoption center next to its full-service Manhattan shelter. The building will be dedicated to encouraging adoption of the shelter’s dogs, cats and rabbits.
The new funds will also go toward increasing the organization’s fleet of mobile adoption vans in Queens and the Bronx to help more animals in their own neighborhoods. Resources will also be put toward heating, air conditioning and ventilation system upgrades at AC&C’s Brooklyn Care Center to help reduce the spread of shelter diseases.
The ASPCA has invested over $1 million in grant funding for AC&C infrastructure over the past five years, and we provide continued support through the provision of spay/neuter surgeries for the organization’s shelter animals, resulting in the highest release rate the animal sheltering system has seen since its inception. We’re thrilled that this additional funding will ensure AC&C can continue to provide animals with quality care and expand its adoption efforts to help even more animals across New York City find permanent, loving homes.
"The ASPCA’s work with AC&C over the past several years to drastically reduce euthanasia rates and increase adoption numbers demonstrates how much we can accomplish for New York City’s homeless animals through diligent work and effective collaborations,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “We are grateful to Mayor de Blasio, [New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene] Commissioner Bassett, and AC&C’s Executive Director Risa Weinstock for recognizing the value of investing in our sheltering infrastructure with the goal of ending animal suffering across the city.”
We will continue to support Councilmember Paul Vallone’s efforts to establish full-service shelters in Queens and the Bronx, which will be crucial moving forward to make New York City a place where no adoptable animal dies needlessly.
To learn more about the ASPCA’s work in New York City, please visit www.aspca.org/NYC.
Curious pup Otis leaves no stone unturned! This inquisitive guy loves to sniff around and explore his surroundings—there’s nothing he’d like more than a Saturday by your side roaming Central Park. This funny guy will keep you laughing with his playful antics, but, like most city dwellers, he’s in a rush to get to where he’s going!
At times, Otis will bark to let you know he wants something and may be protective of his food, but our Behavioral team is available to give you tips on how to control this behavior. Otis would do best in an adults-only household with an experienced adopter who can give him lots of exercise and playtime. Adopt Otis today!
Otis is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Otis, please visit his profile page.
If you’re looking for a friendly and loving kitty companion, Seven has you covered. This little lady is an ASPCA office foster cat, and she loves keeping our staff entertained with her charming personality. When she’s not hanging out on desks playing office assistant, this pretty feline never misses a chance to curl up on an unoccupied lap for a quick cat nap.
Seven can be nervous as first and may need a little space while she adjusts to her new home, but bring out her favorite laser toy and she’ll be ready for playtime in no time. This sweet cat would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter in a household with teens ages 14-and-up. Seven would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Adopt Seven today!
Sevenis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Seven, please visit her profile page.
The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, is the first and only facility dedicated to providing behavioral rehabilitation for fearful, undersocialized dogs, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding situations. In our regular “Pup and Circumstance” feature, we introduce the Rehab Center’s latest graduates in hopes of finding each one the loving forever home they deserve.
We’re so proud to announce that Flynn, a three-to-five year-old mixed breed dog, has graduated from our Rehab Center and is ready for a forever home! Flynn came to us last year after being rescued from a hoarding case in South Carolina, where he and 66 other dogs were found living in muddy water.
A “staff favorite,” Flynn can often be found relaxing in his fluffy bed, watching the world go by with his trademark mixture of curiosity and worldliness. He earned his nickname, “Prince Flynn,” due to his affinity for extra soft bedding atop his “throne.” He is reserved with people he does not know well, but comes alive in the presence of his good friends and is a playful, funny guy.
Flynn enjoys walks in quiet areas and would love to play with canine friends. He is snuggly with his favorite people and would be thrilled to share your couch while you catch up on the latest movies. His ideal family will understand his shy, reserved nature and have the patience to bring out the jester that lies beneath his quiet exterior.
Though Flynn was in relatively good health at the time of his rescue, he is suffering from double hip dysplasia—a painful joint condition—and is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery this month. Flynn would love to secure an adopter before his surgery so he can recover in a loving home. He is looking for a quiet household with another dog or two so he can play once his hips feel better.
If you are interested in adopting this wonderful dog, please contact the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at (973) 377-5609 or [email protected].
To see Flynn in action, check out the video below!
Our Behavior team calls Gary a “busy body,” and for good reason! Like many New Yorkers, this affectionate and friendly pup is happiest when he’s on the move. Gary is an energetic guy who loves to be out and about—he’d make the perfect sidekick on your afternoon run or walk through the park.
Gary shows interest in playing with other dogs and with some guidance, we think he could make a few canine friends! This sweet dog would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter who is willing to give him plenty of daily exercise and playtime. Gary would do best in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gary today!
Garyis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Gary please visit his profile page.