For years the ASPCA has advocated for full-service animal shelters in all five boroughs of New York City. We are finally seeing strong progress made in the Bronx, where NYC officials are planning to build a new, $60 million Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) facility in the Co-Op City area with shelter, adoption and veterinary services. We need the approval of the City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses in order to build a shelter at 2050 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx.
Currently, the Bronx and Queens—home to nearly 3.6 million people—have only "animal receiving centers,” which don’t provide shelter, medical or adoption services to homeless animals. Animals are taken in but soon transferred to shelters in other boroughs, reducing the chances that lost pets from these boroughs will be found by their owners. The lack of full-service shelters has also been an obstacle for potential adopters in Queens and the Bronx, which is unacceptable given the lives at stake.
The New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses voted in support of the Bronx animal shelter on November 5. There is just one more step: The New York City Council will vote on whether to move forward with the Bronx shelter on Wednesday, November 14. We need your voice to make sure your councilmember supports this important initiative.
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email your New York City Councilmember to thank him or her for supporting having full-service animal shelters in all 5 boroughs and ask them to support building a shelter at 2050 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx.
Thank you, New York!