NYC Animal Shelters Could Get Big Boost In Funding From The City

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City could be increasing its investment in animals shelters by nearly $10 million over the next three years if a new plan is approved by City Council.

The agreement, announced Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Jessica Lappin, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, Animal Care & Control of NYC, the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, could pave the way for the city’s budget for the shelters increasing by 77 percent, or $12 million.  That includes $1 million this fiscal year.

The plan would absolve the city of its legal obligation to have full service shelters in all five boroughs.

“There will be a bill introduced in August and in September, there will probably be hearings and then there will be a vote on the bill — which we hope for the welfare of the animals passes,” Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals told 1010 WINS’ Susan Richard.

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In addition, the plan would expand receiving center hours in the Bronx and Queens to 12 hours a day and 7 days per week. Currently those boroughs do not have full-service shelters and the receiving centers are open for 8 hours once or twice a week.

Furthermore, the plan would restore service to pick up stray, injured or abandoned dogs and cats 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The service had been cut due to budget issues.

The plans would also issue rules to register trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs for the control and eventual reduction of feral cat populations. It would also require that all owned free-roaming cats be spayed or neutered to reduce the number of unwanted and feral cats.

If approved by City Council, the move could also create about 100 jobs at the shelters.

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  • Nick

    The shelter system was left as a mess by the ASPCA who ran it for 100 years. The “A” has a budget of over $100 million per year and employs scores of white collar professionals making around $100k per year. The conditions at ACC are just terrible and the ASPCA –with enforcement powers in NYC – won’t even inspect the shelters because they would be forced to take over the shelters. If you don’t believe me, cal the ASPCA and make a cruelty complaint re: the ACC shelters. Nothing will happen. There will be no followup. No inspection. No call back to you.

  • Marina Guvenc

    Except for medical staff, all other positions can be filled with volunteers. The ACC just fired two invaluable volunteers in addition to countless others that were either outwardly fired or driven out. There is less then a handful of volunteers left.

    This is in a city where there many animal lovers who are anxious to help. Why not take advantage of a volunteer work force that is there truly for their love of animals? Why not use the money for a larger facility or more supplies?

  • Marina Guvenc

    The ACC kills for space. They are overcrowded and mismanaged. Restoring dog and cat catcher services will lead to more deaths. And the bill they propose requires feral cats to be spayed or neutered but says nothing of providing that service, just requiring – which again will lead to more killing and the possible extermination of feral cat colonies. This is a sick hoax.

  • kendra

    i like that cause everyone id to eager to kill these helpless animals and i do not like that in any way shape or form.and is really really nice thinking about them cause they have right just like any of us you know.

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