For immediate release:
Over four thousand dogs and over nine thousand cats were destroyed at the three NYC Animal Shelters (NY ACC New York Animal Care and Control) last year. Most people don’t know that kill shelters still exist in NYC.
Concerned New Yorkers are coming together on November 6th at Washington Square Park to educate the public about what is happening to the homeless pets of NYC. The goal is to force the NY ACC to reform so that the needless killings of adoptable pets can be stopped.
This year significant funding was cut from New York City’s Animal Shelter system’s (NYACC – New York Animal Care and Control) budget. Food and supplies have run out over the last few weeks. New Yorkers have been donating food and supplies to keep the cats and dogs fed. The shelters are severely under funded. In fact, there are only three shelters for all five boroughs.
On November 4th phone lines at the ACC were turned off. The public can no longer call in to inquire, or to adopt a cat and dog.
The NY ACC is considered a private charity organization, but its board is made up of city officials. Several of them are from the Department of Health, as it is this agency that provides most of the funding for the shelters. Current board members must be replaced by caring, innovative, and experienced leaders in animal rescue, rather then civil servants with no experience in working for animal welfare and city bureaucrats.
Board members employed by the City of New York cannot challenge the Department of Health’s lack of funding. The NY ACC must start anew as a true charity organization without any ties to a city agency, except for funding.
The board purposely hides the fact that the reason the animals are destroyed is because of lack of space and resources. A bulk of their funding comes from an organization called Maddie’s Fund. This organization has put in place a road map for the NY ACC to become a No Kill facility. As part of this road map, in 2010, the NY ACC is no longer supposed to kill for space, otherwise it will lose funding. So instead of documenting the reason for euthanasia as “lack of space,” the reasons that are listed are anything but that. Cats and dogs are killed for having colds, for having gingivitis, and for being too young.
Volunteers have been dismissed for speaking out about what goes on in these shelters. The NY ACC board and administration frown upon Facebook networks that search for fosters for pets on the nightly destroy lists.
These tragic killings have to stop. This is the first step of a grass roots movement to bring attention to this issue and Save the Homeless pets of NYC. Please come and see for yourself.
photo by Mark Ross