NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Animal Care & Control of NYC is asking local residents to donate their unwanted towels and blankets in response to the city’s annual spring influx of stray cats and dogs.

Animal Care & Control tends to see an increase in abandoned animals in the spring due to the fact that more cats are traditionally born in the warmer seasons. Towels and blankets provide homeless animals with warmth and a sense of comfort, and also serve as stress reducers.

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The towels and blankets go directly to the multitude of animal centers spread out throughout New York City,

“When dogs and cats and other animals find themselves in an unfamiliar environment such as a shelter, anything that provides physical and emotional comfort is so important,”  executive director of AC&C Julie Bank said in a statement.  “Used blankets and towels help keep our dogs and cats comfy and warm, and we hope that New Yorkers will have some items to donate now that spring cleaning is right around the corner.”

If you’d like to donate your belongings, you can drop them off at the following animal centers located in all five boroughs:

AC&C Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 days a week
Closed on all holidays

AC&C Brooklyn Animal Care Center
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 days a week
Closed on all holidays

AC&C Staten Island Animal Care Center
3139 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 days a week
Closed on all holidays

AC&C Queens Pet Receiving Center
92-29 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374
Receiving Hours:
Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Closed for most holidays

AC&C Bronx Pet Receiving Center
464 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Receiving Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 8:00am – 4::00pm
Closed for most holidays

For more information about AC&C’s work, you can visit

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