NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A no-kill Bronx animal shelter may have to close if more donations don’t start pouring in soon, putting dozens of animals’ lives at risk, its owner told 1010 WINS.

Pedro Rosario, who owns NYC’s Top Dog and New Beginnings Animal Rescue near Westchester Square, said he recently had to cut his paid staff from five people to three and has someone looking into applying for grants that might save the shelter. The business now houses about 60 cats and 30 dogs.

“No one has stepped up to try to help us,” Rosario told 1010 WINS. “It’s a shame that we’ve been here for like over three years already helping the community and helping all the rescue group and nonprofit, and now that we actually need the help, that we’re asking for help, and they’re not stepping up.

“We really need the help, and this is really like a desperate time for us,” he added. “If we don’t do something soon, a lot of animals are going to be left uncared for.”

NYC’s Top Dog cares for abandoned animals, most of which are up for adoption.

For more information on how to donate or adopt a pet from Top Dog, visit

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